Anjum’s amazing shrimp curry and a giveaway

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

Note: This drawing is now closed. Have you seen Anjum Anand’s show on Cooking Channel yet?  It originally aired in the U.K. on BBC, and I was lucky to be able to import and publish one of her cookbooks here in the U.S.  That means besides a little Americanization, I didn’t edit the book myself, but I’m still really proud of it.  Don’t take my word for it.  Epicurious just announced their choices for the six best cookbooks of 2010, and Anjum’s New Indian made the short list.

Anjum's New Indian

Now that the weather has cooled off, I figured it was a good time to try my hand at a few of the recipes.  I stopped by my local Indian shops to stock up on spices — a lot of spices.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

Like many Indian recipes, this one starts off by cooking spices like cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks in oil.  Then you add chopped onion.  It calls for making a paste of ginger and garlic from scratch, but if you do a lot of Indian cooking, you might have some jarred ginger-garlic paste, which would probably work well here.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

Then it’s time for more spices — turmeric, ground coriander, and salt.  I love how that looks.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

Fortunately I was still able to get some decent-looking tomatoes in the market.  You add those with a whole green chile or two.  One problem — I couldn’t find fresh curry leaves, and so I was a little worried the dish might not turn out right.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

After the whole mixture has had some time to cook, you add coconut milk and water, and that’s when this dish gets really interesting.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

In goes a pound of peeled shrimp.  A finishing touch is some tamarind paste, added after you take the pan off the heat.

Anjum Anand's Coastal Shrimp Curry

The result… just about the most amazing curry dish I’ve ever tasted.  Jen joked she was licking the bowl clean, it’s that good.  The book is packed with amazing recipes, but this one might be worth the price alone.  If you want to test a few out, you can try some of the recipes posted on Amazon.  Then let me know what you think.  And if you’re still reading, U.S. residents who post a comment will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the book!

38 thoughts on “Anjum’s amazing shrimp curry and a giveaway

  1. When you threw in the shrimp I knew I was in heaven! I’m salivating over all this tastiness. I have seen Anjum Anand’s show before and every time it makes me hungry 🙂

  2. justin that is a really good photo! seriously.
    i am so thankful that the cooking channel is here. there are so many really good cooking shows that have a wide range of diversity and cooking skills intertwined. i have not seen her show yet BUT (don’ count me out!) I saw the preview/snippet for it and NOW must see it.

  3. I had no idea that she had a book out. I’ve watched her show on the Cooking Channel and her food always looks so good and easy to make as well. If I don’t win, this will go on my ever expanding Amazon wish list. There have been so many good cookbooks out this year!

      1. It amazes me how much longer it seems to take to get the books here in the U.S. Looking forward to this one! Thanks for the post as well as I otherwise might have missed this book.

  4. I’m not eligible for this giveaway since I live outside the US, but I just wanted to say how much I love Anjum Anand’s show and recipes! Your version of her shrimp curry would make Anjum proud, I’m sure. Btw, have you stopped by Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights? It probably has the curry leaves you’re looking for. 😉

    1. oh, I was true to the recipe except I couldn’t find the curry leaves. Anyway, yes, I’m sure I could get those leaves in Jackson Heights, but I wasn’t able to make a trip like that on the day I made the recipe. That’s the great thing about NYC — you can find just about anything if you have the time to make a trip.

  5. Love Indian food. I have to say that even when you don’t have all the ingredients (like curry leaves) it usually turns out pretty good. Maybe not authentic but… still tasty.

  6. There’s very little that gets me going more than a new Indian cookbook to check out! I love the sound of this curry and just looking at the ingredients in it makes me know it must be delicious. Great giveaway!

  7. Mmm I adore the Cooking Channel. I haven’t caught Anjum’s show yet but I love watching Indian cooking because I can almost smell the warm spices through the television!

  8. I’ve not heard of the chef nor the cookbook, nor seen the show. But with your recommendation of the most amazing curry ever, I’ve would really like to win this book. If I don’t it will go on my Amazon wish list.

  9. Oh I can’t wait to check this book out. I love Indian food, but haven’t really made it at home (other than a disastrous attempt at mushroom mattar that I have since blocked out of my memory). That curry looks fantastic! Yay!

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