Experiment: Pineapple Shrimp Qorma
A ‘Korma’ is a rich braised dish native to Northern India with ‘Kurma’ being a more common spelling for a closely related Southern counterpart. For this experiment, I use a set of spices that would mostly be very at home in yoghurt and nut based ‘Korma’ but the choice of shrimp with pineapple in coconut milk is more Southern in spirit. Accordingly, I have decided to call my ‘fusion’ recipe a ‘Qorma’, to reflect the fact that this dish is not quite one or the other…
- 3.4 lb. Shrimp
- 1 ½ cups fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 small Onion, finely chopped
- 1 small Tomato, coarsely chopped
- ½ cup Cashews
- 1 can Coconut Milk (398 ml)
- 3 tbsp. Chili-Garlic-Ginger Paste
- 3 tbsp. Turmeric
- ½ tsp. Cardamom Powder
- 1 tsp. ground Fenugreek Seed
- 1 tsp. Whole Clove
- 1 short stick Cinnamon
- ½ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp. Salt
Heat a pot over a medium flame and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter. When the butter is foaming, added the chopped onion and stir until the onion is soft and just starting to brown slightly. Next, add the Chili paste and the Turmeric along with the Cardamom, Fenugreek and Salt.
Stir until the mixture is well bended gives of a pleasant aroma and then add the Coconut milk, the Cloves and the Cinnamon stick.
Add the shrimp, pineapple and tomato and turn the heat to low. Allow everything to cook for twenty to thirty minutes, stirring from time to time, until the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened. Stir in the nuts and the Cayenne pepper and allow cook for another 10 to fifteen minutes. If you have a very thick Coconut milk (and the consistency varies tremendously) you may need to add a little water from time to time but, in either event, let the mix cook for long enough to allow the flavors to blend.
At this point, you can serve the dish but it will be much improved if you allow it to cool and then re-heat it later. If you choose to do this, save the nuts and cayenne pepper and only add them when you start to re-heat.
This one was a winner! Let me say, before anything else, though… if you make this dish yourself, please follow my example and let it cool and then reheat it after a good resting period before you serve it. When I tasted the sauce just after it finished cooking, it was very tasty but the clove and cinnamon were way too assertive. Afterwards, though, all the spices melded together and the result was really deliciously rounded and smooth.
I served the dish with plain rice spiked with lemon juice and the result was quite nice. For guests (as opposed to just my wife and I) a little more might be in order… some chutneys and papadums, for example… but otherwise, this meal was top-notch as it was.