Coconut Shrimp Curry


I think my favorite part of making Indian food is the smells it sends wafting through the house. It never fails that Mr. Prevention is able to smell the savory curry and tumeric and the sweet cardamom and declare, “Indian for dinner!”

Speaking of smells…my best friend of for-ev-er (who loves to be mentioned on “the blog”!) called me yesterday to tell me that the conversation we had on Sunday night could have very well been out last. :(

Did I lose you?


I talked to Kristen on Sunday night on my way back from my hockey game. I wanted to hear alllll about her first date with a new guy (!!). We chatted a while and since we both had to work Monday morning, we called it quits and decided to talk later in the week.

When she called unexpectedly yesterday her first words to me were, “Last night could’ve been the last time we talked!” She went on to explain that the carbon monoxide levels in her place were 6x above “dangerous” levels and had she and her roommates not called the fire department, they could’ve all died that night.


Needless to say, she was shook up.

Unlike the tantalizing, unmistakable scents of Indian food, carbon monoxide has no smell. Other than a few headaches and some generalized fatigue, the girls were all asymptomatic of the deadly carbon monoxide levels in their home.


So here’s my advice. First, check your CO detectors in your home – they’re only good for 5-7 years! Second, make this meal. It’s quick, it’s simple, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious.

Mr. Prevention sure thought he hit the jackpot on this one (though he paused to complain about the absence of naan on the table…). I loved that this Coconut Shrimp Curry was not only healthy, but came together in less than 35 minutes.


I am off until I teach tonight! I am going to head to a local cafe to catch up on my Google Reader and read some of my novel :) And at some point, get in a workout!

Be well,


  1. WOW, how scary!! CO detectors were one of the first things we bought for our new home. I’ve seen way too many Datelines about unhappy CO endings! I’m glad your friend was ok! Scary.
    This recipe sounds perfect. I gave nick a curry recipe the other day, which he actually enjoyed (the pork I posted) so I think I’m going to slowly try more. Muahaha

  2. This looks delicious! I learned a couple of months ago how calorie heavy Naan is. What a sad day that was. lol.

  3. Ah, that’s scary!! Crazy to think something like that can suddenly creep up on you…and on another note, this looks sooo good. I can almost smell it now.

  4. Wow, that’s a really scary story! I’ll check my detectors when I get home tonight.

    And the curry dish looks delicious!

  5. Oh wow!! CO levels are super scary! Glad she is okay!

  6. Glad to hear your friend is ok. That is so scary!
    This looks delicious! Seriously, indian is my favorite!!! :)

  7. I’m glad your friend’s ok. Carbon monoxide scares the crap out of me. I don’t have a detector, and I really, really need to get on that.

    This looks so good. I love curry. I live in a very Indian neighborhood, and running during dinner time is one of my favorite things. The whole block always smells SO good!

  8. Wow, that’s terrifying. I’ve been hearing about that so much lately. We have an older detector – we really need to get a new one! Glad they’re all OK!
    Your curry looks so good! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to try it – my hubby is pretty picky about his shrimp, but I think this must be delicious. I especially love the coconut milk!

  9. Thanks for the heads up on the life span of CO detectors – that is so scary!!

    And that dish? Instantly going on my list of things to make – why can’t I live closer to you so we can cook together??!!

  10. Wow– SO scary!!! I’m so glad your friend is okay!!

  11. Yum!! I love curry and can’t wait to make this one.

    I’m glad your friend and her roommate are OK! So, so scary.

  12. Haley Peterson says:

    I wonder how this would taste with tofu in place of the shrimp…I think I’ll give it a try this weekend.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Haley: I think it would be great! Depending on the texture of tofu you enjoy, you can always bake it first to get that bit of crunch to the outside of the tofu and then add it to the curry. Enjoy!

  13. whoa, how scary! I’m so glad your friend is ok.

    And so glad to see how rich and creamy this dish looks even with light coconut milk :)


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