Grocery store samples…

I love samples at the grocery store. Not just because they provide sustenance when I am broke/feeling cheap. Now I love them because they are a great source of ideas for new meals. Sampling food at a grocery store gave me courage to try cooking tofu on my own, eat smelly cheese, and find new ways to cook fish.

This next recipe is one that I got from Sligro, a cash-and-carry store here in Holland. They go all out with their samples, they have tables, wine, some decent plastic cutlery, and they always provide you with the recipe… so here it is, Madras Curry. It’s translated from Dutch, so bear with me….

Madras Curry


375 grams shrimp

1 tsp Madras curry powder

1 kilo basmati rice

500 grams chopped bell peppers

1 bunch of spring onion

0.5 liter coconut milk (I suggest using the sweetened kind)

1 clove of garlic

1 knob of butter


1. Thaw the shrimp and pat dry.

2. Melt the butter in a wok on medium heat.

3. Toss the bell peppers and the shrimp in the wok.

4. Mince the clove of garlic and add it to the wok.

5.  Sprinkle the teaspoon of curry into the wok.

6. Combine all the ingredients in the wok and continue cooking.

7. Add the coconut milk to the wok.

8. Cook the rice.

9. Serve the rice topped with the Madras curry sauce.


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