Infused Shrimp Tikka Masala
If you like spicy, creamy seafood dishes, you will love shrimp tikka masala! Cumin, turmeric, and yogurt combine to create an aromatic and mouth-watering shrimp entrée.
It’s amazing served with jasmine rice, cucumber salad, and paratha bread. This popular Indian meal will satisfy your craving for spicy and herb-infused food.
What is Tikka Masala?
Tikka masala is chopped-up pieces of meat (usually chicken, shrimp, or lamb) that are cooked in a creamy tomato sauce. Most tikka masala dishes include onions, finely minced garlic, and ginger.
Other common spices include cumin, turmeric, and cayenne. It is reddish-orange in color and about the consistency of an Italian pasta sauce. The somewhat thick sauce is meant to rest over the rice, so the consistency should not be runny.
One particular spice blend is the hallmark of this dish. It’s called garam masala and consists of cardamom, cumin seeds, cinnamon, coriander, and peppercorns, the defining flavor profile of the recipe.
It supposedly was created by a Bangladeshi chef in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1970s when a customer requested adding a tomato and cream sauce to his chicken tikka. Since then, tikka masala has become a global favorite.
How Do I Prepare Infused Heavy Cream?
If you are starting with raw flower, the first step is decarboxylation. This involves heating the flower to activate the psychoactive properties. These compounds in flower become active at 220° Fahrenheit, and the effects are the release of carbon dioxide and the formation of new molecular structures. You do not need to Activate or Decarb other herbs or spices, only medicinal flower.
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Follow these directions to infuse heavy cream. Infuse at 150°F for 2 hours when using flower. If infusing with LĒVO II, use two power pods for increased potency. For all LĒVO machines, ensure the herb is covered and submerged by the cream.
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Infused Shrimp Tikka Masala
2 hours 30 minutes
2 yellow onions (diced)
3 tablespoons of whole milk yogurt
1.5 teaspoons of garam masala
1 tablespoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
2 teaspoons of kosher salt
12 ounces of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound raw shrimp
3/4 cup of infused heavy cream
Sauté the onions in olive oil.
In a bowl, mix lemon juice and salt until they are dissolved.
Then add yogurt, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, garlic, and ginger. Mix well.
Add onions and then add tomato sauce layered over onions. Place the lid on the saucepan and set it on medium.
After two hours, add the infused heavy cream. Then add tomato paste and mix until everything is dissolved.
Take three tablespoons of masala, add to raw shrimp, toss to coat, and then sauté shrimp for two to four minutes.
Add the shrimp to the masala.
Serve over jasmine rice.
Diced cilantro makes a nice garnish for this finished dish. A dessert of mango lassi and some chai tea will end this meal with refreshing and fruity flavors.
Benefits of this Dish
The long list of ingredients in this recipe boats numerous benefits in addition to delicious flavors. Garlic supports heart health and reduces blood pressure. Yogurt supports gut health. Ginger has anti-aging properties. Paprika contains capascain, which is good for the immune system. In addition, the terpene-infused heavy cream offers a range of therapeutic properties. Enjoy!
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