Sunday, August 13, 2006

Dried Shrimp And Dosakaya Curry - Dosakaya Endu Royilu Koora

Dried Shrimp with Dosakaya
As I was pondering on a suitable entry for the Independence Day Food Parade, conducted by Indira of Mahanandi, my hubby mentioned a recipe from his hometown in coastal Andhra Pradesh - Dried Shrimp with Dosakaya or Dosakaya Endu Royilu Koora.

Well, I made it and it was our Sunday lunch. We got dried shrimp from a Chinese food market and dosakaya (a kind of cucumber) from an Indian Store. It's a pretty simple recipe, without a lot of aromatic ingredients, except jeera and mustard seeds. The shrimp blends well with the dosakaya and makes a delightful curry.

So, here it is..one of my entries to our Independence Day Food Parade...

Recipe:

Recipe Source: My Mom-In-Law

Ingredients:

Dried Shrimp - 2 Tablespoons
Dosakaya - 1
Onion - 1/4 of a big onion
Tomato - 1 big
Chilli Powder - 2 Teaspoons
Turmeric - a Pinch
Salt - As per taste

Oil - 1 to 2 Tablespoons

Mustard Seeds - 1 Teaspoon
Jeera - 1 Teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1 Teaspoon

Curry Leaves - 5

Coriander - 1 Tablespoon chopped

Soak dried shrimp in hot water for 30 minutes. This suppresses the odour to a very large extent. Dice the onion and tomato. Peel the dosakaya, remove the seeds if they are tough and cube. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. After they splutter, add jeera, urad dal and curry leaves and fry till light brown. Add onion and fry till light brown. Add tomato, salt and turmeric. Fry for some time. Add dried shrimp, dosakaya and chilli powder and fry for some time. Add about 3 cups of water and cook on medium heat till done. Remove from heat, garnish with coriander and serve. The amount of water will vary depending on the dosakaya.

This recipe is for seafood lovers. As all seafood, shrimp has a distinct odour and dried shrimps have a much stronger scent. So, use it at your own discretion. :-)

14 comments:

archana said...

Colorful as ever !!! What a nice entry Chandrika. In Kerala we make a curry of Cucumber dried shrimps. I loved the look of this curry, will try this one out. Thank you. Happy Independence day to you.

Indira said...

A classic recipe from coastal Andhra! My husband is going to love this curry. He likes all things shrimp.:)

Please convey my thanks to your husband for suggesting this recipe. Also my thanks to you for participating in IDFP.

Chandrika said...

Thank you Archana! Happy Independence Day to you too!

Eve said...

great photograph as always!!!The photos are so good that one wants to try out the recipe.. very mouth watering..I am a vegetarian so i wont be able to eat this myself but i will certainly make it for my boys. DO you have a picture of Dosakaya?? and can fresh shrimps be subsituted for dried shrimps??
Also, your mom in law seems to be a great cook ..may be she should start a blog of her own too..:))

Eve

shilpa said...

Great entry for the event :).My hubby is a big fan of dried shrimp, I will give it a try.

Tanuja said...

Hi Chandrika,

Thanks for posting my fav dosakaya royalu.The snaps looks so tempting.

Jimmy M. Espana said...

Looks really good.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Nice recipe Chandrika! Great picture!!

Diane said...

Is there another name for dosakaya? Is it similar to opo squash (bottle gourd)?
I will definitely try this with bottle gourd or cukes.

Chandrika said...

I am glad you liked it Indira..:-)

Hi Eve, I found an image of dosakaya...Check this link: http://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/~bhattiprolu/personal/veggie_kitchen/glossary.html. It contains an image of dosakaya. Next time, I will post an image..
Fresh shrimps can be added...I haven't tried it before though...
Will convey your idea to my mom-in-law, she will feel happy....:-) And thank you so much for your encouraging words...

Shilpa, Tanuja, Jimmy, Krishnaarjuna: Thank you lots!


Diane, it's a type of cucumber..Round and ripe ones are yellow..U will find it in Indian stores...I googled, but couldn't find the English name...Check this link: http://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/~bhattiprolu/personal/veggie_kitchen/glossary.html. It contains an image of dosakaya. Dosakayas can be bitter sometimes, so I normally taste them before using...

indianadoc said...

sounds very much like dry shrimp veg combination that we make back home in kerala...this is a new variety...shall try it definitely...thanx for sharing

Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hi Chandrika... Nice recipe..
I never knew that you get dried prawns in chinese markets. I am going to check out the next time. Will also try out ur recipe. Looks Yummy.

Bhargavi said...

Mouth watering!!Great photographs!!

Anonymous said...

I tried it but dosakai is not getting cooked for a long time it is taking about 40 to 50 min.please add dosakai before tomato which takes just 10-15 min to cook