Yet another weird but wonderful recipe that only came about because I was being lazy and didn't want to wash too many dishes. I marinated some shrimp in a coconut milk mixture and then, being frugal as I am, decided to just cook it, marinade and all. I was quite sure the marinade would mostly evaporate, but lucky for us, I was wrong. What resulted was a baked shrimp curry that is as wonderful as it is weird-sounding.
In a large bowl, stir together the coconut milk, onion, Garam Masala, ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt and cayenne, until well blended.
Add the shrimp and toss until coated with sauce on all sides. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Transfer the shrimp and marinade to a 7-inch round baking pan with 4-inch sides. Place the pan in the air-fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time.
Transfer the shrimp to a serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.
Combine the coriander, cumin, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, chiles and cinnamon in a clean coffee or spice grinder. Grind, shaking the grinder lightly so all the seeds and bits get into the blades, until the mixture is broken down to a moderately fine powder.
Unplug the grinder and turn it upside down. (You want all the ground spices to collect in the lid so you can easily scoop them out without cutting yourself on the blades.) Transfer the garam masala to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for a month or two. Makes 1/4 cup.
Adapted from "Every Day Easy Air Fryer: 100 Recipes Bursting with Flavor" by Urvashi Pitre.