Cookbook author Maya Kaimal has a deft hand with Indian sauces. (She even sells an eponymous line of them at specialty food stores.) The light and fragrant sauce here is based on a Keralan shrimp curry.
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods, crushed
One 3-inch cinnamon stick, broken
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup water
12 thin slices of fresh ginger
3 jalapeños—stemmed, quartered and seeded
1 1/4 pounds shelled and deveined medium shrimp
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Steamed rice and lime wedges, for serving
How to Make It
In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of the coconut milk, the water, ginger, jalapeños and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and simmer over moderate heat for 10 minutes.
Add the shrimp and simmer, stirring a few times, until just cooked, about 4 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut milk and bring back to a simmer. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the lime juice. Season the curry with salt and transfer to plates. Serve with steamed rice and lime wedges.
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