Shrimp Tikka with Mango Chutney

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine 2008 (developed by Melissa Jones)

Makes 6 servings
Hands On Time: 45 min Total Time: 1 hour

For shrimp: 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 (1-inch) piece fresh jalapeño, chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
1 (1-inch) piece peeled ginger, chopped
1 large garlic clove, smashed
2 teaspoons ground garam masala*
3/4 teaspoons turmeric
1/8 teaspoons grated nutmeg
2 pounds large shrimp in shell, peeled, leaving tail fan attached

For chutney: 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (3/4-pound) unripe mango, chopped
1/3 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño with seeds
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons thinly sliced mint
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Equipment: 10 (12-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes

Accompaniment: lime wedges

Marinate shrimp: Purée all ingredients for marinating shrimp, except shrimp, with 1/2 tsp salt in a blender until smooth. Pour into a sealable bag, then add shrimp and marinate at cool room temperature, turning bag occasionally, 30 minutes. Make chutney while shrimp marinate: Toast cumin in a dry small skillet** over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir together remaining chutney ingredients with 1/4 tsp salt, then sprinkle with toasted cumin.

Make kebabs: Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas); Thread 4 shrimp onto each skewer, leaving small spaces between them. Put on a tray. Oil grill rack, then grill skewers, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Serve with chutney.


*Garam Masala

Makes about 2/3 cup
Hands-on time: 6 minutes
Total preparation time: 8 minutes plus cooling time

2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
1 1/2 tablespoons whole green cardamom pods
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
2 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds
1 (2 1/2-inch long) cinnamon stick
4 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine the cumin, peppercorns, cardamom, coriander, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, and bay leaves in a large, dry skillet. Toast the spices over high heat, tossing or stirring the them occasionally, until they have browned lightly and are fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the garam masala to a bowl to cool.

When the garam masala has cooled, grind it into a fine powder in a spice grinder, clean coffee grinder, sturdy blender, or mortar and pestle. Transfer the ground masala to a bowl and whisk in the ginger and nutmeg.

Store the garam masala in an airtight container, away from heat, light, and moisture, for up to 6 months.


**A viewer reached out to me with a source for the nut/seed/spice toaster we used on the show (and that Claudia gave to me) – it is called a Kotobuki Stainless Sesame Seed Toaster and you can buy it on Amazon (for a mere $13.14) https://tinyurl.com/y9updh3q


Shrimp can be cooked in a hot well-oiled large (2-burner) ridged grill pan, turning once, about 8 minutes total.·Marinade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled. Chutney can be made 6 hours ahead and chilled.

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