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Shrimp Curry


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Shrimp Curry

Shrimp Curry is a Central African delicacy, quick and easy to make.

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 10 servings


• 2 tbsp butter

• 2 tbsp oil

• 1 large chopped onion 

• 4 crushed garlic cloves 

• 1 1/2 cm piece gingerroot, cleaned and grated

• 3 tbsp curry powder

• 2 bay leaves

• 1 whole star anise

• 1 cardamom pod

• 1 stick cinnamon

• 1 tsp cumin seed

• 3 large tomatoes, skinned and crushed finely

• 2 tbsp white vinegar

• 1/2 tsp sugar

• 1 cup chicken stock

• salt and pepper to taste

• 1/2 cup coconut milk

• 3 1/2 lbs medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined


1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook until translucent, for about 5 minutes. 

2. Reduce heat and add curry powder, bay leaves, star anise, cardamom pod, cinnamon stick. Cook for two more minutes.

3. Add tomato pulp, vinegar, sugar and chicken stock stirring well.

4. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and leave to simmer for 45 minutes so that the spices blend well.

5. Pour in the coconut milk; simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add seasoning to taste.

6. Raise heat, add the shrimp to the curry sauce and spread out evenly in the pan, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp has turned from grey to pink.

7. Serve with cilantro for garnish.

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