I found this in a newspaper years ago. It is tasty & quite fragrant. The curry will permeate any fabric nearby, so don't leave your laundry in the kitchen! If I don't have any shallot, I substitute about 3/4c onion, and I've used less or more celery and carrot depending on what I have on hand. We like the stew with crusty bread and a dollop of sour cream; while my neighbor prefers hers with rice.