In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Curry Pigeon Peas With Shrimp.

With this recipe I’ll be using frozen pigeon peas as it’s readily available where I live. However, should you have access to freshly picked and shelled peas, you’ll get better results. Curry Pigeon Peas on its own is very delicious and while I’ve shared several ways to boost this dish, it’s only today that we are exploring adding some shrimp to the recipe.

1 1/2 lb pigeon peas
1 1/2 lb shrimp (small/medium)
1 lemon (juice)
6 medium potatoes (1/4)
3 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 medium onion (sliced)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced)
6-8 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 tablespoon salt (divided)
1 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
2 tablespoon curry powder
4-6 dried curry leaves (optional)
1/2 cup water (cooking the curry base)
3-4 cups water
1 teaspoon anchar masala
1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin (geera)
2 tablespoon chopped Shado beni (culantro)
5-7 wiri wiri peppers (optional)

Notes! Please follow along with the video below as much more about the recipe is discussed there. I used an entire Scotch Bonnet pepper in the recipe as I enjoy SPICY foods, however you may leave it out or use in the amount you can tolerate.

Devein the shrimp and wash with the juice of the lemon and cool water, drain and season with 1/3 of the salt, 1/2 the black pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil and the Caribbean Green Seasoning, stir well and let it marinate for about 10 minutes.

May I recommend that you do this step in advance. Place the frozen peas in a pot covered with water and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to a rolling boil and cook for 20 minutes. Repeat this step for another 20 minutes, then drain and set it aside. (explained in the video)

Heat your saucepan on a medium flame, add the shrimp and stir well to quickly cook. All we need is about 2-3 minutes, before you remove them and set them aside for later (we don’t want to over cook the shrimp).

Add the remaining oil to the pan along with the onion, garlic, remaining black pepper and scotch bonnet pepper. Turn the heat down to low and cook for about 3 minutes. At this point add the curry powder and curry leaves (optional) and stir well. Your heat must still be low as you don’t want to burn things.

Four minutes after adding the curry powder, add 1/2 cup of water and turn the heat back up to medium. This step will cook out any rawness from the overall curry dish.

After 5 minutes, crank up the heat to burn off ALL liquid until we can see the oil we started with. Be sure to stir so nothing sticks to the pot. Now add the pre cooked pigeon peas along with the potato to the pan and stir well to coat.

Add the remaining salt and 3 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for about one hour. Add more water should you need to, during the cooking process.

At this point the peas should be tender and the potatoes falling apart. In goes the Anchar Masala and ground roasted Cumin, stir well and then add the previously cooked shrimp.

Cook for one minute before turning off the stove. Here’s when you’ll add the wiri wiri peppers (whole – DO NOT BREAK) along with the chopped Shado Beni (stir). Should you not be able to source the shando beni, add cilantro (coriander). The whole wiri wiri peppers are for those of you who enjoy that extra KICK with your curry.

Serve with hot rice or with Sada Roti.

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