Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar first tried this dish in Kerala served with crayfish, but converted it to lobster for his Malabar Lobster Curry which is served at Benares, one of the top Indian restaurants in London. The recipe, featured in his cookbook 'Atul's Curries of the World,' is just as delicious with a medley of mixed seafood such as tiger prawns, mussels and squid. A mild coconut milk-based curry, delicate enough not to overwhelm the seafood, was soft and sophisticated in flavour, perfect served with a steaming bowl of Jasmin rice.
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Prawns shells sautéed in a vegetable oil until lightly browned and fragrant, provides an aromatic foundation for the oil - the shells are then discarded
Chopped onion, black mustard seeds and kari leaves sautéed in the fragrant prawn oil for about 8 minutes
Grated ginger, minced garlic, red chili flakes and seeded green chili are added and sautéed for a minute
Ground spices are added to the mixture with 2 tbsp of water...
...and stirred until well blended
Chopped tomatoes and the tamarind water are added and cooked until the tomatoes soften,
about 5 minutes
Coconut mile is added and mixed until well blended
The mussels are added first, and cooked covered until the shells are partially open,
then the other seafood is added
Adapted from Atul Kochhar’s ‘Atul’s Curries of the World’
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
12 curry leaves
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp fresh rated ginger
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 green chillies, slit open and seeded
1 dried red chilli
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp water for the ground spices
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1/2 cup water
2 cups coconut milk
2 lb mussels - these were from Newfoundland
2 whole squid
16 tiger prawns - these were sweet Argentinian prawns
1/2 cup cilantro, for garnish
Dissolve the tamarind paste in 2 tablespoons of hot water, and set aside. Wash the prawns thoroughly then shell and devein, reserving the shells. Place the mussels in a large bowl of water to allow them to disgorge any sand; debeard if necessary.
Add the ground spices with about 2 tablespoons of water and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute until the spices are cooked, adding a little more water if the spices start to brown. Add the chopped tomatoes, tamarind water and 1/2 cup of water, and simmer until tomatoes soften and become pulpy, about 5 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and mussels then cover and cook for about 6-8 minutes until the shells start to open, then add the prawns and cuttlefish and cook until the prawns are opaque and the mussels have all opened. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro and a steaming bowl of Jasmin or Basmati rice.
Atul Kuchar's 'Atul's Curries of the World'