Back when I started this Kitchens for Living blog I mentioned that occasionally we may venture into parts unknown, well this is one of those times. If you know me you know that I have a not-so-secret love affair with India. The only way I can attempt to describe it is in a series of words that will hopefully paint a picture with a sense of what I mean. India is rich, poor, ancient, colorful, vibrant, heart wrenching, sensuous, brutal, intense, beautiful, sacred, succulent and unexpected. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few along the way. One of the ways I like to remember my visit to India is in my kitchen. My husband and I have become big fans of Indian cuisine. Although far from experts, we love to dabble. One of my fav books on the subject is Savoring India: Recipes and Reflections on Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni. The amazing photos in this book truly capture the essence of what I discovered in this magical place. The following recipe, found in this book, has become a family favorite. Here it is with my commentary. Try it out and let me know how you like it, but I promise you’re gonna love it!
Jheenga Masala (Shrimp in spiced cream sauce)
I serve with Basmati rice, naan (Indian flat bread) and chutney
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 fresh hot green chiles such as serrano, thinly sliced (remove seeds if you don’t want it too hot)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala (mixture of spices you can make yourself but I buy from Indian grocer)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1lb medium shrimp raw (I buy peeled and deveined but also devein the bottom and I remove tails)
1/2 cup light cream (half and half)
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
These quantities are straight from the book but I tweak the amounts to taste. I’m usually more liberal with the spices. This is supposed to serve 6 but I think it’s more like 4. Comment and let me know how you like it. What changes did you make?
Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.