This Indian-style meal goes together very quickly and feels like a nice treat. Add more curry powder if you like it spicy.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrots, and potatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. If vegetables begin to stick, add a little slosh of chicken broth to skillet.
Add garlic and curry powder; cook, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add rice, broth, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add shrimp; stir, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are opaque and rice is tender, another 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and serve.
Note: Over and over in the recipes in this book I use the phrase "in a heavy skillet." Nonstick skillets have their place, but if I could have only one pan in my entire kitchen, I would choose a big cast-iron skillet. They're amazingly versatile and cook evenly. Once you get one seasoned (smear it with Crisco, then bake for an hour at 350°F), they're almost as easy to clean as nonstick. And they last forever – literally – whereas every nonstick pan I have ever owned eventually left me wondering how much Teflon my kids were ingesting along with their fried rice.
I gave this two starts because it does have potential. I followed the recipe exactly and it didn't turn out well - at all. It smelled great and the spices were wonderful, but the potatoes and rice were overdone even before the shrimp was added. I'm going to try cooking the rice separate from the vegetables and sauteing the shrimp separately or adding them just to the vegetables at the end to cook. I'll then put the veggie/shrimp mixture over the rice.