Shrimp Coconut Curry

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
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3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds

8 fresh curry leaves

1 large red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon red chili powder

1 teaspoon sambar masala powder or curry powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Table salt, to taste

One 14-ounce can coconut milk

12 colossal shrimp (13/15), shelled with tails on 

Basmati rice, for serving 


  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds. As soon as they begin to sputter, add the curry leaves, onions and ginger; saute until the onions are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Add the chili powder, sambar masala, 1/4 teaspoon of the turmeric and some salt and saute for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk and simmer until the mixture is slightly thickened and has turned a deeper shade of gold, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pat dry the shrimp. Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and some salt in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Heat the remaining tablespoon vegetable oil in a second large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook, tossing occasionally, until pink, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the shrimp to the coconut curry. Serve over rice.
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