Curry-Coconut Shrimp and Rice Salad with Pomegranate and Lime
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (well-stirred)
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. The Spice Hunter Curry Seasoning Blend
3-4 Tbsp. lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving (from about 3 limes)
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1¼ cups basmati rice, rinsed
5 Tbsp. vegetable oil or ghee, separated
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
¾ cup coconut flakes
⅓ cup salted, roasted peanuts
½ cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1. Whisk together coconut milk, 1 tablespoon Curry Seasoning Blend, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a large bowl. Add shrimp, and marinate for ½ hour to 1 hour in the refrigerator.
2. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir the rice into the pot, return to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until tender but not mushy, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and place it on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with 2 tablespoons of lime juice and salt, to taste, then spread it evenly on the baking sheet to cool and prevent clumping.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat. Saute 1 teaspoon of Curry Seasoning Blend and grated ginger, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then add the coconut flakes and peanuts, stirring well, and continue to fry until the coconut turns light golden, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and transfer coconut mixture to a plate to cool.
4. Rinse out skillet you used to toast the coconut, and remove shrimp from marinade (discarding marinade). Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and a pinch or two of kosher salt; saute, stirring frequently, until shrimp have just turned pink and opaque, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
5. In a large serving bowl, combine the rice and cilantro. Fold in the shrimp, pomegranate seeds, and some of the coconut mixture, then sprinkle the rest of the coconut mixture over the top. Serve with lime wedges on the side. Serve warm or at room temperature.