Here’s a classic Caribbean Seafood Curry which will not only excite the tastebuds, but one which will get even get those picky eaters eager to be at the dinner table. Succulent shrimp, tender potatoes and a gravy rich with crab flavor, without being overbearing. NO this does not need coconut milk (but I’ll leave that up to you).
3 ocean crabs (cleaned and cut in 1/4s)
1 – 1.5 lb shrimp (large 21-25)
1 1/2 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning (divided)
3/4 tablespoon sea salt (divided) *adjust
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
6 medium potatoes (in 1/4)
3- 4 cups water
2 tablespoon olive oil
1.5 – 2 tablespoon Curry Powder
1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin (geera)
1 teaspoon Anchar masala
2 wiri wiri peppers
1 medium onion (diced)
6 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 medium tomato
2 tablespoon Shado beni (or cilantro)
* Juice of one lemon to wash the crab and shrimp
Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the curry powder you use, in the event there’s any ‘filler” in it. I used Yukon Gold potatoes as I love the texture it gets when it’s cooked and breaks down (to thicken the dish), but feel free to use any variety you like.
Wash the crab and shrimp (please devein) with cool water and the lemon juice and set aside.
Deep pan on medium flame, add the olive oil followed by the garlic, onion and wiri wiri peppers (any spicy pepper you like will work). Turn the heat down to low so we don’t burn the garlic. Add the cumin seeds and stir – heat still on low.
After 4-5 minutes, add the curry powder and stir. It’s will go darker, start clumping and release a lovely scent. This sort of wet toasting will allow the spices which makes up a good curry powder, to bloom. Add the black pepper at this point. Now turn the heat to medium, stir and add 1/4 cup water to the pot. Scrape to release anything stuck to the bottom of the pot.
As the water drys up, add the Anchar Masala and roasted cumin (geera) and stir well. Yes that’s even more wicked flavors right there.
Keep stirring and get rid of all the liquid. We’re hoping to see the oil we started with. Toss in the crab at this point followed by the 1 1/4 tablespoon of the Caribbean Green seasoning and 1/2 tablespoon of the salt. Mix well. Toss in the diced tomato, that acidity will help bring balance to the dish.
Go in with the potato, stir to coat, then add the rest of the water and bring to a boil (turn up the heat).
Season the shrimp with the remaining green seasoning and salt. Set aside.
Once the pot comes to a boil, reduce the heat and cook with the lid on (slightly ajar), until the potato is tender and start breaking down.
20 minutes later and the potatoes should be fully cooked. Using your spoon crush a few pieces of the potato to help thicken the gravy and turn the heat up if you have a lot of liquid, until you get a consistency you like (remember it will thicken as it cool).
Here’s where we’ll add the season shrimp to the pot, stir in well and cook for 1-2 minutes before you turn off the stove. Let the residual heat finish cooking the shrimp or we risk over-cooking the shrimp.
Taste for salt (you will need) and adjust accordingly. Toss in the shado beni (or cilantro), cover the pot and leave it for 3-4 minutes before serving.
You now have and iconic Caribbean Seafood Curry to enjoy with your family and friends. Serve with rice or roti.
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