Spicy rice with shrimps.



My husband is from Iraq and rice there is eaten almost daily . They have loads of tasty recipes most are spicy ,I adapt the spices to our own taste . With this rice dish I either serve a fresh salad or stir fry veg. When I make it hot adding more curry and chili I also serve a refreshing yogurt & cucumber sauce.

Ingredients:

•500g basmati rice rinsed in a colander and drained.

• 1 teaspoon ground mustard seeds

•  2 teaspoons all spice or mixed spice

• 2 teaspoons hot curry

• 1 teaspoon turmeric

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or a small stick

• 1 ltr water

Method :

First prepare the rice. Heat oil in a pot and let it get hot then add the prepared spices and stir ,they need to fry a bit so their flavors are enhanced .

Add the rinsed drained rice and fry coating with the oil and spices.

Pour the water and mix.

Season with salt & if you are using a cinnamon stick ,this will give it more taste and fragrance. After the rice is cooked this is discarded.

Put lid on the pot and cook on high heat until it starts to boil then put on very low heat and let it cook until all water is absorbed and rice is cooked.

While the rice is cooking you can prepare the shrimps

Ingredients:

• 500g thawed frozen or fresh cleaned shrimps

• 1 large onion diced or 2 spring onions chopped

• 1 small fresh chili de seeded and chopped

• 4 garlic cloves minced or finely chopped

• 1 teaspoon turmeric

• 1 teaspoon curry or you can use curry paste

• grated rind and juice of a lemon

• 2 tablespoons butter

Method:

Pour juice over shrimps and mix the lemon rind and season with salt & pepper.

Heat wok or large frying pan.

Melt the butter and some oil so butter will not burn

Fry the onion ,garlic and spices .

Then add the shrimps and fry them a bit but not too much so they do not go rubbery.

When ready mix in the cooked rice with the shrimps ,fry for a minute or two and turn off heat.

It is ready to serve. 

 

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