p Box o' Spices: India and Shrimp masala

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

India and Shrimp masala

Our move happened. Our stuff arrived. We are finally in our home in Hyderabad and have fallen into some sort of a routine. The initial excitement of eating out, eating out and more eating out has subsided. I am still working full time and was told by everybody that I will have no time and will HAVE TO to hire a cook. And so I did.Oh what luxury you may think. But nah. It turned out that I was in the kitchen from 7 am - 9 am and again from 7 pm to 8:30 pm training her. I have never felt as frustrated as I did that week. And for the first time in my life I had to fire someone.

Well, after many other trials and errors, I got into a balance with our maid. She cuts/preps the veggies and cleans up after the cooking is done. Now that's luxury to anyone who loves to cook. I'm happy and my family is happpy (although they still think I'm killing myself).

Reliance Fresh is the place I shop these days. I will post a picture sometime if they let me take one. It's a 2300 sft store which stocks some of the freshest vegetables and fruits that I have seen in a long time and some staples like rice and dal.

Here's the recipe for a quick shrimp masala that I made, quick thanks to frozen shrimp.

Shrimp peeled and cleaned - 250g
Onions - 3 medium (can use 2 cups of chopped shallots if available) chopped fine
tomato - 1 chopped fine
ginger garlic paste - 1tsp
red chili powder - to taste
jeera pwd, coriander pwd - 1/3 tsp each
cloves, cinnamon, jeera - for seasoning
curry and coriander leaves

Clean the shrimp and add turmeric pwd and salt and set aside. Heat some oil and add the seasoning and curry leaves and then the onions. Fry well. Then add ginger garlic paste and the tomato. After a few minues add the powders and fry for a couple of minutes. Wash the shrimp and squeeze out the water. Add to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked to desired texture. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve with hot rice or roti.


At 8:50 PM, Blogger Asha said...

Welcome back! I am still on vacation and I will see you when I come back! I am glad you are settled and doing well.
Happy New Year!:)

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Thanks Asha!
Hope u enjoy your vacation. and Happy Holidays!!

At 10:45 PM, Blogger archana said...

Glad to hear that you are all settled and back to routine. Thank you for the recipe, i am always open for new prawn recipes, will try this one with cloves and all. Sounds intereding, thank you.

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Nandita said...

Nice to know that you've relocated to India...I've been seeing ads / newspaper releases abt reliance Fresh and I did think its a super place to shop.
My good friend has recently got married and relocated to hyd from Bombay and i was telling her abt this new supermarket.

Can totally identify with the house-help ! I realised it will be impossible to teach them to cook my way, so i just get her to clean and chop all th estuff and then i assemble - what fun!

Have a good time settling in and hpe to be in touch

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Hi Archana
Thanks for visiting!
The shrimp dish is easy to make. no grinding spices or anything. Do let me know how it turns out.

Hi Nandita
Reliance Fresh is a nice store, I think it will be nice to shop there in summer being AC and all. I do miss the rustic feel of a vegetable market. Should make a trip sometime. However i do enjoy buying spinach and mint at 5 bunches for 2 rupees from the guy on a bicycle carrying some 20 types of greens. Simple pleasures!

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Lakshmik said...


I came across your blog and added to my blogroll. I don't make non-veg food but found good vegetarian recipes here. Cheers!

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Hi Lakshmi
Welcome to my blog. I cook vegetarian most of the time, but end up blogging non veg. You have an interesting blog too :)

At 12:40 AM, Blogger jacob said...

wow, that looks so good. and i love the design of your blog with all those spices on the template. nice!!

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Thanks Jacob and welcome.


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