1freshhot green chili, finely chopped (do not remove seeds)
1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
1small can7 ounces coconut milk, well stirred, or 7/8 cup heavy whipping cream
For Stir-Frying the Shrimp:
1teaspoonblack mustard seeds
3clovesgarlicpeeled and finely chopped
10 to 15fresh curry leavesoptional
1 ¼poundsmedium-sized shrimppeeled, deveined, and washed, then patted dry. (The cleaned shrimp could be covered and kept in the refrigerator overnight, if necessary.)
To make the sauce:
Put the tomato paste in a bowl. Add the salt, sugar, garam masala, ground roasted cumin seeds, cayenne, cilantro, green chili, lemon juice, dried curry leaves (if you are not using fresh leaves with the shrimp), and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well.
Slowly add the coconut milk or cream, mixing as you go. Set aside. (The sauce can be made several hours ahead of time and refrigerated.)
To Stir Fry the shrimp:
Put the oil in a wok or frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, put in the mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop--this takes just a few seconds--put in the garlic and fresh curry leaves, if using.
Stir until the garlic turns medium brown and put in the shrimp. Stir until the shrimp turn opaque most of the way through. (I simply cooked mine until both sides were pink and they had curled).
Add the sauce, turn the heat to medium, and heat the sauce through until it begins to simmer. By then, the shrimp should be completely opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat.
Serve over rice (I used basmati that I had cooked with the remainder of the coconut milk from a 14 oz can).
Garnish with additional chopped cilantro if desired
I did not have ground roasted cumin seeds; I just had ground cumin so I put it in a small skillet and heated it for about a minute.I only had yellow mustard seeds so I used them instead of the black.I only had a 14 oz container of coconut milk so I used it and used the remainder as part of the liquid to cook my rice for the dish.While I know where I can find curry leaves; it's a 2 hour round trip to an Indian market...so I did not use them and the dish was still fantastic.