Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 cup tamarind paste

  2. 1 cup boiling water

  3. 10 fresh cracked black pepper

  4. 6 dried red chilies, seeded

  5. 1 tablespoon coriander

  6. 1 teaspoon cumin

  7. one cinnamon stick

  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  9. 1 -3 lb shrimp

  10. salt & freshly ground black pepper

  11. 1 large onion , minced

  12. 5 garlic cloves , minced

  13. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger , finely grated

  14. 1 teaspoon turmeric

  15. 2 green fresh jalapenos, seeded and chopped

  16. 3 cups water

  17. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a heatproof bowl, soak the tamarind pulp in the boiling water, covered, until softened, 30 minutes. Strain through a coarse sieve; discard the seeds.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, combine the peppercorns, dried red chiles, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and cinnamon and toast over moderate heat until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a spice grinder to cool. Grind to a fine powder.

  3. Heat the oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add half of the shrimp to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining.

  4. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the casserole. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, ground spices and green chiles. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 3 minutes.

  5. Stir the water and the strained tamarind pulp into the casserole. Return the shrimp to the casserole and bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. Add the coconut milk and simmer for 20 minutes longer. Transfer the remaining chicken to the plate and simmer the sauce until very flavorful, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Return the chicken to the sauce. Simmer the chicken until heated through before serving.


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