My Good Friend Bob’s Tomato Curry Puree with Cumin Grilled Shrimp

Adapted by
October 2003
Yield: 10 servings


Garam Masala
1 Tablespoon cumin
3 whole cloves
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
3 whole green cardamom pods
1 Tablespoon mustard seed
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 bay leaves
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped garlic
1/3 cup chopped ginger
6 pounds diced pear tomatoes
2 cups ketchup
2 cups chicken stock
2 Tablespoons Vietnamese chile paste
2 cups heavy cream
3 Tablespoons finely chopped fenugreek leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
sugar, to taste


Garam Masala:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast all ingredients lightly, adding bay leaves only at end. Cool spices and grind in spice grinder and reserve.

Heat oil over medium heat in large sauté pan. Cook garlic and ginger until lightly brown. Add tomatoes, ketchup and chicken stock. Gradually bring to simmer, cook for 15 minutes. Add chili paste and Garam Masala to taste. Add heavy cream and fenugreek. Puree soup and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and sugar.

To Serve:
Garnish with 1 grilled shrimp dusted with cumin and fresh chives.

Wine Pairing:
EXP Estate Bottled Viognier, Dunnigan Hills 2001