Friday, July 30, 2010

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a spicy seafood and sausage rice dish famous in the southern states of USA like Louisiana. It is orginally a French dish with some Italian similarities to Paella.This is a slightly Indianised version of it.
1 cup meduim raw shrimp
2 chicken andouille sausages
1 medium red onion
1 tomato
1 cup basmati rice.
1 carrot peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk
1/2 inch ginger grated
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp Cajun seasoning(if you don't have it substitute
 with 1/2 tsp cayenne pwdr,1/2 tsp cumin pwdr 1/2 tsp coriander pwdr,1/2 tsp garam masala)
1 tsp pepper pwdr
1 tsp dry oregano
salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Heat oil in a deep pan.Add the chopped onions ,celery and carrots.This trinity is called mirepoix in French cooking. For a classic mirepoix add twice the amount of onions to carrots and celery.Add salt to cook evenly and release flavors.After 10 mins add tomatoes and all the spices listed above .Stir and cook on a low flame till oil sepearates from the mixture.Add the shrimp and sliced chicken Andouille sausages.Saute  for 10  mins .Wash the rice to remove excess starch ,Cook it seperately in a pot of boiling water till it is tender. Drain  and add to the chicken and shrimp mix. Cook for 1 minute mixing gently . Fluff with a fork and garnish with cilantro leaves.

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