How to Make the Ultimate Umami-Bomb Vegetarian Demi-Glace
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1 pound medium carrots, sliced on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups fresh carrot juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp, season with salt, pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the curry and cook over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, stirring. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
In the same skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over moderately low heat. Add the shallot, garlic and the remaining 1 teaspoon of curry; cook for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to moderate, add the carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 5 minutes.
Wrap the caraway, coriander, mustard seeds and bay leaf in cheesecloth and add to the pan. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up any browned bits, until reduced by half, 2 minutes. Add the carrot juice, cover and simmer until the carrots are tender, 10 minutes. Return the shrimp to the skillet; simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard the spices. Transfer to bowls, garnish with cilantro and serve.