Blending of Indian Flavors
This recipe came to me tonight after spending the day in Syracuse at the regional market and my two favorite ethnic grocers. It is a combination of a couple of Indian recipes. The dish contains okra, shrimp, onions, peppers, coconut and Indian spices.
1 Tbs Sesame Oil
1 Tbs Nut Oil (peanut, walnut, almond)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 cp thinly sliced onion
1 thinly sliced sweet red pepper
2 thinly sliced hot peppers (optional)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
15 okra pods, washed, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbs coconut powder
Heat oil over medium high heat. Add cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds and add vegetables and all of the spices. Saute until onion is soft but not brown. Add okra, and a bit of water if needed. Saute for approximately 20 minutes until the okra is cooked but not overly soft. Add shrimp and cook until pink.
Garnish with coconut powder sprinkled over top.
serve with basmati cumin rice and naan for a wonderful, flavorful meal.