Here I am, venturing out into the world of Indian food! After great meals at The Bombay Club and Rasika this year, plus our group wine night featuring Indian cuisine, I decided to try making a simple dinner for Chris and I.
I looked up various shrimp recipes, finding a few that looked appealing like this one and this one — but I finally decided that since it was my first attempt at home, I should take baby steps and start with a good store-bought sauce before making my own from scratch. I ordered a jar of Madras Curry by Maya Kaimal in my Green Grocer‘s box, which turned out to be a fantastic choice. You can also buy this sauce at your local Safeway and Balducci’s.
With the sauce already taken care of, I simply had to cook the shrimp (from Whole Foods, peeled + deveined by the fishmonger, then sautéed in olive oil and garlic for a few minutes on each side), cook the rice (brown basmati rice from Trader Joe’s), and heat up the naan (whole wheat from TJ’s). I also sautéed shredded brussel sprouts and chopped orange bell pepper to mix in. For the wine pairing, we went with a solid and cheap TJ’s choice, the 2013 RELAX Riesling (around $7). Perfect.
I do want to try making my own sauce at some point, but this meal was oh, so easy and tasted delicious. Maya Kaimal’s sauce is pleasantly spicy, with flavors of black pepper, coriander, coconut milk, and curry leaves. It was the perfect meal to lounge around with on a Sunday evening as Chris and I debriefed the weekend and looked ahead to the work week before us.