Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India. It’s known for its Portuguese colonial history, lovely beaches, easy-going vibe, and spicy seafood and meat dishes. I am not Goan but I married a Goan – those Goans are a fun bunch. They love to have a good time, and enjoy good food. This is my husband’s recipe. He usually makes it when we have friends over for Indian food. It can be made more or less spicy by changing the quantity of cayenne pepper.
Shrimp Chili Fry
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups onions thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups tomatoes chopped
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cayenne or to taste
- 1 Tbsp garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp ginger minced
- 3 scallions sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 2 lbs shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
- Add onions and fry until golden brown, but not burned.
- Add tomatoes and fry, stirring frequently; Add a tiny bit of water if the mixture starts sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Cook until the oil separates and the mixture becomes paste-like.
- Stir in turmeric and cayenne and saute briefly.
- Add garlic, ginger and scallions and fry for a minute, stirring constantly.
- Add shrimp and stir to coat, frying 1 to 2 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
- Stir in salt, sugar and vinegar; taste and adjust seasonings to taste.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.