Curry is made two ways: with chicken or shrimp


April 09, 2003|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Laurel Stevens of Baltimore requested a recipe for chicken or shrimp curry.

Cathy Bryan of Columbia responded. She wrote, "This is the real deal from my Fijian sister-in-law, where much of the food in Fiji is Indian style. It's almost better the next day! Serve it with rice and an Indian bread such as puri."

Chicken or Shrimp Curry

Serves 6 to 8

4 pounds chicken parts, deboned and chopped into bite-sized pieces (or 2 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined medium shrimp)

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garam masala (or equal parts powdered clove, cinnamon and cardamom)

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup plain yogurt

3 tablespoons oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1/2 cup water

In a large bowl, marinate chicken (or shrimp) with all the spices and yogurt for 15 minutes. In a deep pan, heat the oil, add the onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add chicken and fry for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add water. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. (If using shrimp, reduce total cooking time to 8 minutes.)

Tester Laura Reiley's comments. "This is a simple curry redolent of exotic spices. It is even better when offered with a range of condiments: fresh toasted coconut, sliced bananas, mango chutney, chopped cilantro - the list goes on. If you like a bit more of a sauce with your curry, you might add a whole cup of chicken broth at the end in lieu of the 1/2 cup water, or half chicken broth and half unsweetened coconut milk. A big squeeze of lemon adds a bit of zest to the finished product."

Recipe requests

Felicity Pocock of Baltimore is seeking a recipe for oyster-artichoke stew (or soup), which she enjoyed in New Orleans.

Connie Page of Holland, Mich., is seeking a recipe for acorn squash stuffed with sausage. "I found the recipe on the back of a local store's calendar and have lost it. It was soooo good."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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