Palak Patel’s South Indian Shrimp Curry May 31, 2016

by Behind the Scenes

HelloFresh is honored this week to feature a delicious recipe from our friend and guest chef, Palak Patel. Chef Palak is quickly becoming a household name with her appearances and victories on Food Network classics, such as Chopped and Bobby Flay. Currently working as a private chef in New York, Palak infuses her Indian culture into many of her meals.

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Take a trip to Southern India with her mouthwatering Shrimp Curry. Shrimp steeped in creamy coconut milk, infused with rich aromas from curry leaves, tomatoes, onions and garma masala make this a decadent dish. These flavors will transport you to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala where the cuisine is as colorful as the region.

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In addition to her delectable dish, Palak also shared an incredible Spiced Bourbon cocktail recipe with us that is sure to wow the crowd.

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For masala spice syrup:

  • 4-5 green cardamom pods
  • 2 whole star anise pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon garma masala
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the Cocktails:

  • 6 ounces bourbon, such as Bulleit Bourbon
  • 3 ounces garma masala syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh juice from 2 to 3 lemons
  • 8 ounces black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Pinch of garma masala
  • 1 star anise

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Method:

For the Masala Spice Syrup: Toast cardamom pods, star anise, cloves, and one cinnamon stick in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, tossing and stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add garma masala, ginger, sugar, and water and place over medium high heat. Cook, stirring, until just starting to boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let rest for 2 hours. Strain into an airtight container.

For the Cocktails: In a pitcher, combine bourbon, 3 ounces masala spice syrup, and lemon juice. Stir well. Add tea and stir gently. To serve, fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in 4 3/4 ounces of the cocktail and garnish with cinnamon stick and pinch of garma masala.

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Don’t forget to order Palak’s Shrimp Curry before meal choice cutoff tomorrow!

Happy Cooking!

 

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