How to Make It
Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery, and cook until soft, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, cayenne, basil, garlic, bay leaves, and salt and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat, and add the curry powder. Turn down the heat, and simmer the mixture, covered, for about 25 minutes. If the sauce seems too thick, thin it with a little seafood stock or water. Add the shrimp and simmer for about 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove the bay leaves.
Serve over cooked white rice. (I love Uncle Ben's Original Converted rice.)
*Recipe adapted from Julia Reed's South
Julia Reed's South