Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani: Guest Post by Curry and Comfort #SeafoodWeek

Amazing recipe for Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani. You’re going to be wanting thirds with this one!

Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani by Curry and Comfort featured on Cravings of a Lunatic

Welcome to Week #2 and Day 3 of Seafood Week. I’m enjoying a little time off with my daughter this week. University finishes up way earlier than grade or high school. So my kids are done classes now. B-Dude will stay out west for the summer, he still has 2 years of school left. No point giving up an awesome apartment for the summer and have to scout out a new one for fall. Mini-me lives at home still so I’m going to be spending some much needed time with her this week. We will be spending time going to the barn to whip horsey into shape for summer. We’ll probably spend some time hitting flicks since we’re really behind on our movies. So basically we’ll get the horse in shape while we eat popcorn and candy. Seems about right.

Today’s guest is the lovely and talented Ramona of Curry and Comfort. I adore this lady so very much. I met Ramona through something called Foodbuzz. It was a foodie website where we all hung out and shared content, and buzzed each other. I know right, foodies are whack. It’s all good though, we are bonded by our absurd and unusual behaviour. Nothing bonds people quite like food.

Seafood Week

Hi Everyone!  My name is Ramona and I come to you today with some exotic flavors from a blog called, Curry and Comfort.  When Kim put the call out for seafood dishes to guest post for this week, I jumped up and down and raised my hand.  Now, I hope you like what I brought you…. drum roll please…. Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani.   Ta-da!

Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani by Curry and Comfort featured on Cravings of a Lunatic

I love biryani.   If you are not familiar with biryani, it’s a flavorful spice infused rice based dish made with meat, eggs, and/or vegetables.  It’s basically like a casserole.   My family (even the picky eaters) enjoyed this wonderful flavorful shrimp and rice dish with a cool cucumber raita on the side (link to recipe for raita below). Biryani sounds like it would take all day to make, but it took me less than 30 minutes to get the biryani ready for the oven and then another 30 minutes baking it before we were eating dinner. This Shrimp and asparagus biryani makes a wonderful light meal for this time of year and it’s perfect as a no stress dish to entertain with as well.  Enjoy!! ~  Ramona  :)

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Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani
Amazing recipe for Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani. You're going to be wanting thirds with this one!
For the Rice Portion:
  • 2 cups of rice rinsed well. I recommend basmati style rice. I also used brown basmati
  • 10 cups of water
  • 6 whole black peppercorns (optional)
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
For the Shrimp and Asparagus Curry Portion:
  • 1 lb of shrimp cleaned
  • 1 lb of sliced asparagus
  • 1 and ½ cups of buttermilk milk
  • 12-15 fresh leaves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4-5 dry chilies (broken)
  • 6-10 whole black peppercorns (optional)
  • 6 green cardamoms pods
  • 3 black cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
For the Rice Portion:
  1. Start by parboiling the rice. You will want to wash and drain 2 cups of rice then add black peppercorns, cloves, green cardamoms, bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring about 10 cups of water a boil then add the rice and ingredients listed above for the rice. Once boiling allow to cook for 6-10 minutes. I suggest cooking the white rice for about 6 minutes and the brown rice for about 10 minutes. Once the rice is somewhat cooked, but not fully, drain in a colander/strainer and set aside.
For the the Shrimp and Asparagus Curry Portion:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the same pan you cooked the rice (to keep it one pot). Add the curry leaves, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chili pods, cloves, cardamom and black peppercorns (optional). Fry for 1 minute. Then add onions and asparagus. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground spices (coriander, turmeric, curry powder) and salt. Fry for 30-45 seconds. Then add the buttermilk and shrimp.
  3. When shrimp starts to turn pink (but is not fully cooked) turn off stove. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Butter a baking dish and layer some of the parboiled rice on the bottom. Then layer some of the shrimp and asparagus. Make sure you get some gravy on top of the rice. Layer with rice and shrimp and finish off with a rice on top. Pour gravy from the curry over the rice.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a tight fitting lid or tin foil over the baking dish to trap all the steam. Cook in the oven for 35 minutes. Once cooked, allow the dish to sit covered for additional 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy.
Recipe and Photo Credit to Curry and Comfort

Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani by Curry and Comfort featured on Cravings of a Lunatic

Here’s the Cucumber Raita that we enjoyed with the biryani:

Cucumber Raita from Curry and Comfort

Thank you so much to Ramona for guest posting for me today. I have to admit I have not had really good Indian food in my life. There are not many authentic restaurants here, so I’ve been holding off trying it. My goal is to continue to hold off until I meet Ramona in person so she can make me really amazing curry. That way I’ll know the best and I have a great comparison when I go out to eat it. Seems like a sensible plan to me, I just hope we hurry and meet so I can get my munch on as soon as possible.

Be sure to swing on by Ramona’s blog, Curry and Comfort so you can check out all her amazing recipes. Ramona can cook everything from curry to comfort, quite literally. She makes some seriously stellar desserts too. You can follow her on Facebook, that way you get alerted to all the new recipes on her site. You can also follow her on Twitter, that way you can get instant gratification for new recipes. She is also on Pinterest, so you should hop over there to follow her. She also hangs out on Instagram, it’s where all us cool kids spend our time. So be sure to follow her there, and everywhere else too. Bloggers like to followed everywhere, we’re weird like that. I mean cool like that. Right.

As the week continues I figure I may as well continue to fully embarrass myself with old, weird photos. I do not know why I started this odd tradition but I’m rolling with it. So prepare yourself for the horror that is about to unfold.

Let the games, er, embarrassment, begin:

Kim by the fire

Hey Kim, sit by the fire in the flammable snuggly. Okay, sure Dad, why the hell not! I’m really not sure how to explain this one. Apparently my parents hated me. Look at all the signs pointing to it!

I mean why even wear pants, or shorts, at this point, cripes:

Kim and Gramma playing baseball

At least my Gramma loved me! PS. Who wears short shorts, We wear short shorts, They’re such short shorts, We like short shorts, Who wears short shorts, We wear short shorts.

Some days you gotta wonder what I was thinking:

Kim at Christmas

Wait, does that shirt say “touch of class” or “she’s an ass”? It’s a toss up. And for anyone who wondered when my obsession with unicorns began this is proof it was prior to Despicable Me! Way prior!

More Seafood Week Recipes from my Awesome Buds:

Movita Beaucoup’s Lobster Pasta Salad

Cooking in Stilettos’ Coconut Almond Crusted Cod

Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Brown Butter Seafood Risotto

Crazy Foodie Stunts Braised Salmon with Mushrooms, Potato Purée and Watercress

Crumb’s Saganaki Shrimp

That Skinny Chick Can Bake’s Sea Bass with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers

Try Anything Once’s Stuffed Clams

Rants from My Crazy Kitchen’s Cajun Crab

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    So glad to be apart of your seafood week!! You made me homesick for the Foodbuzz days. :( I loved all that buzzing. LOL! Thanks again for the lovely wright up and yes I will definitely cook you a curry meal someday if we meet up face to face. :)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I miss Foodbuzz. We all seemed so much more connected when it was alive and kicking.

      I am so glad you honoured me by doing this. I adore you girl. I can’t wait till we meet in person. Cooking together would be so fabulous. I think it would be cool to get a bunch of bloggers together and rent a beach house for a long weekend. So much cooking would happen. And so much laughter.

  2. says

    Coming over from Ramona’s space…Indeed delicious Biryani..loved the flavours …You have a great blog…Happy to be your new follower.

  3. says

    Oh wow. These photos have me cracking up. Not really the photos so much but the commentary about “she’s an ass” – I love it! You’re too funny.
    PS. Shrimp and Asparagus = amazing. I would devour this!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      It’s okay, you can laugh at me. I’m laughing at myself, ha. I am having an absolute blast looking through all the old pics. It’s hilarious to look back and think wth.

      I am so over the moon for Ramona’s recipe. She knows her stuff.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      You must try it. I am going to make myself sans the shrimp (allergies). Ramona outdid herself.

      And thanks, I am having far too much fun looking through old photos this week.

  4. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I was just speaking w/someone about foodbuzz and it was how we had found each other (I know that’s how I found you too)…I also miss it. Love this fun guest post from Ramona (your photos are soooo great, Kim!!)xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I hear you Lora, I think a lot of us miss that sense of community we had over there. It was so easy to keep up with everyone and felt like a family. I wish someone would come up with a similar idea. Less buzz work though. It was a cool concept and I feel like those of us who met there will be friends for life.

      Thanks Lora. I had so much fun this week going through old photos. I really shouldn’t do it for guest posts cuz it’s time consuming but it’s just such a cool sneak peek into my life. My dad was a picture-aholic. We were always having photos taken growing up. Such great memories.


    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I really need to try it. It’s the downside to living somewhere that is foodie challenged. Not much variety here. I need to put it on my conference to do list.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me either, but I aim to try soon. I’m thinking maybe Miami for blogher food, perhaps there’s a good restaurant there to try. This looks utterly delish, a must try.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      It really was. I met so many amazing friends there.

      I know right. I really need to find some place that makes good biryani so I can try it before attempting to make it. I keep eyeing this and wanting to make it. But I don’t trust myself to nail it the first time.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I really need to try it. Asap. I wish I lived closer to you and Mrs Riffs. I think your dinner conversations are way more entertaining than ours. It’s weird how quiet the house gets as the kids grow. Dinner used to be boisterous, now it’s quiet.

  5. says

    I’ve only dabbled with some Indian dishes but this is one I can definitely see myself trying and my familiy enjoying! We’re a big rice loving family and with shrimp involved, it’s sure to be a winner!

  6. Anonymous says

    This looks delicious! I love rice dishes because I know I will walk away happy and full. The old pictures are cracking me up. That fire picture was hilarious…pointy object about to fall on my melon…haha.

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