When you think Caribbean cuisine you automatically think heat. But as with any dish you’re preparing, you have control over how much heat you’d like to experience. Personally I like things fiery hot, but there are times when you don’t get the true flavor of the dish because it’s overwhelmed by the heat factor. Here’s a very quick recipe that I’ve tested (not perfected yet) for curry shrimp.
2 lbs fresh shrimps (these days you can find shrimp that’s already peeled and deveined)
1.25 fl oz oil
2 onions, chopped
1/4 of a scotch bonnet or habanero pepper finely chopped up (remember this is how you control the heat)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 sweet pepper chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
Peel and devein shrimp if necessary. Heat oil. Add the curry powder and continue to fry for two minutes (as my mom would say.. “let the curry fry-down a bit”). Then add the tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt, pepper and other seasonings. Add water. Bring to a boil then reduce. Add shrimp. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until shrimp is cooked. Keep an eye on the shrimp so as not to overcook (depending on the size of shrimp you purchased).
a. I highly recommend that you try to get Raja Jahan Special Madras Curry powder. It’s a unique blend of spices that make up a dry curry powder with a hint of Caribbean flavor, since it’s made in Trinidad and Tobago.
b. You can cut back on the amount of water and add some coconut cream to add a delightful twist to the curry sauce.
BTW, it’s curry shrimp and not shrimp curry as others may tend to call it. Be sure to leave me your comments, suggestions or your own recipe for curry shrimp.