Jhinga Salade

Raghvan Iyer's Jhinga Salade (coconut shrimp salad with golden raisin vinaigrette) uses the classic southwestern Indian flavors of roasted red chilies, coconut milk and yellow split peas for the shrimp marinade. The pan-seared shrimp is served on top of mixed greens and the vinaigrette is blended with raisins, gingerroot, cilantro and roasted cumin seeds.

Serves 6

Shrimp Ingredients:
1 lb. Tiger Shrimp (large 20-30), peeled, deveined)
1/3 cup Coconut Milk
1 tbls. Yellow Split Peas
2 tspn. Coriander Seed
2 Dried, whole Red Chilies
1/2 tbls. Vegetable Oil
1/2 tspn. Salt
2 tbls. Fresh Cilantro (minced)

In medium mixing bowl, place shrimp and milk; set aside.
In small mixing bowl combine peas, coriander, chilies, and oil; toss well to coat. Place in preheated skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until peas and coriander turn brown and chilies blacken slightly. Cool. In blender, grind until texture is like coarsely ground black pepper. Add mixture, salt and cilantro to shrimp; mix well. Marinate at room at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours in refrigerator.

Dressing Ingredients:
1 cup Raisins
1\2 cup Vegetable Oil
1\2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbls. Fresh Ginger (minced)
1 tbls. Fresh Cilantro (minced)
1 tspn. Cumin Seed (roasted, ground)

Note: Dressing will thicken as it sits. Thin dressing consistency with water, as needed. Keeps up to one week in refrigerator.

In a blender, combine all ingredients and puree until smooth; set aside

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. As shrimp and marinade, arranging in single layer. Add shallots and cook 1 minute or until shrimp turns orange-red. Turn shrimp and cook 1 minute or until orange-red. Remove from burner.

In large mixing bowl, place greens and spoon desired amount of dressing onto greens. Toss to coat.

On serving plates, arrange tossed greens. Spoon shrimp and shallots on top.


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