Arroz con Langostinos al Curry (Curried Rice with Shrimp)

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from Bogota, Colombia. I am translating it from Spanish.

Arroz con Langostinos al Curry (Curried Rice with Shrimp)


    • 3 1/2 cups rice
    • 1/4 cup achiote oil (recipe)
    • 3 ounces butter, divided
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
    • 6 ounces tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp
    • kosher salt
    • lettuce (to garnish) or cooked green peas (to garnish)
    • grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish


In a saucepan, combine rice, oil, 1 ounce of butter, 4 1/2 cup water, and salt to taste; let the rice cook, uncovered until it is nearly tender and little volcanos form, about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir once, cover, and let stand until the rest of the dish is finished.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté onion in remaining butter for a few minutes; add tomatoes, tomato paste (mixed with 1/2 cup water), curry powder, and salt.

Leave 4 shrimps whole, and cut the remainder into 3 pieces; add to sauce and cook until they just cook through and are opaque.  Once the rice is done, stir in the sauce (removing the 4 whole shrimps that will garnish the plate); place into a bowl to form a mold.

To serve, you can plate a little lettuce or green peas, turn the rice mold on top, then garnish with grated Parmesan and the whole shrimps.

Serves 12.

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