If you are a non-vegetarian and love some seafood for yourself, then you’d be familiar with the pure delight shrimp dishes are. Shrimp are low in fat and calories and can be eaten as a healthy snack, lunch or dinner. Though sometimes all we wish for is a good shrimp cocktail here is a tasty recipe with a unique Indian twist.
Ingredients: Preparation Time: 30 minutes
1 lbs shrimp (large), peeled and deveined
4 ounces of butter
2 Bay leaves
2 Cinnamon sticks (1 inch )
3 Green cardamoms
2 Red Onions (sliced)
8-10 Kashmiri Chillies deseeded
½ cup of Raw Cashew Nuts
1 tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
4 Red tomatoes (roughly chopped)
Two teaspoons of salt
One tsp of sugar
¼ cup of Heavy Cream
Here’s what you need to do:
Heat your pressure cooker on medium heat and add butter. Once the butter’s melted, add the quantity mentioned above of whole spices- Bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves and the cardamoms. Next, add the sliced red onions and sauté till they are light golden brown. Now it’s time to add the red Kashmiri Chillies; don’t worry they’re not that spicy and bring a rich and intense colour to your dish. Instead of the whole spices and Kashmiri Chillies, you can also use ‘Tandoori’ paste, but the taste would be much more defined if you use the given ingredients. To boost the spice quotient, you can also add two green chillies. Add the cashew nuts to this mixture for a nutty flavour. It’s time to finish this mixture by adding a tablespoon of Ginger and Garlic Paste, freshly chopped tomatoes and salt. Now close the pressure cooker and let it do its job for the next ten minutes.
Open the cooker, release the steam and let the mixture cool down for some time. The next step is to blend this mixture till it acquires the consistency of a thick puree. Strain this puree into a clean sauté pan and add some water to get a smooth and silky gravy. If you have some residual solids from the mixture, blend it again with some water and add that to the pan. Do not waste any of it as it is very flavorsome. Now it’s time to add the shrimp to the gravy and let it cook for another ten minutes. Once the shrimp is tender, add a pinch of sugar to balance out the spices. It’s optional to add a teaspoon of dried fenugreek leaves to enhance the flavour. To finish off, add a quarter cup of heavy cream which will give this dish its velvety texture. And that’s it! Your delicious bowl of Butter Shrimp – The Indian way is ready to serve. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves or flaked almonds.
Since the dish is very rich, it is recommended to serve it along with some steamed vegetables, Indian flatbread (roti) or cooked rice. This recipe will give a tough competition to even the best Indian restaurants. Try it at home and experience the amazing taste for yourself.