Meatless Friday: Indian Curry Rice with Shrimp and Peas


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This recipe for curry rice is simple enough that tweens and teens can cook it. It’s very fresh-tasting and can even be made without shrimp if you’d like it as a side dish. Total cook time for this recipe is about 30 minutes.

I didn’t go overboard on the curry powder, so if you like a very strong curry flavor, increase that ingredient to one tablespoon. Cilantro-haters (you know who you are) can use fresh parsley as the garnish, but you’ll be missing out if you do.

"Meatless Friday: Indian Curry Rice with Shrimp and Peas" by Barb Szyszkiewicz (

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Indian Curry Rice with Shrimp and Peas

Makes 4 servings

1 TBL olive oil
1 cup finely-chopped onion
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp curry powder
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups water
1 pound raw shrimp, shells and tails removed
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet. Add onion and cover. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through, until onion is tender. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and ginger. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add curry powder and cook 1 minute more.

Stir in rice until coated with onion mixture. Add water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Gently stir in shrimp and peas. Cook, covered, until shrimp is cooked through and turns opaque (about 5 minutes.)

Remove from heat. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Nutrition information is provided for your convenience and is not intended as medical advice.


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Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


    • It’s the easiest thing ever as long as you don’t cook it too long. And this is very kid-friendly (though if you think they’d balk at curry, just tell them it’s yellow rice. Nomenclature is everything…)

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