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Slow cooked spicy Turnip and dry shrimps

I put these few ingredients in the slow cooker the other night after having a stressful day. My little baba wasn’t well. He had his immunization and goodness he was cranky and sore. Poor baba. So chicken nuggets and chips was on the menu. At around 8.30pm I finally had a quiet house, all gone to bed! Time for a cuppa. I saw my shinny slow cooker as I went into the kitchen. Will I make something for tomorrow? But I’m too tired! It won’t take long.  I would be a fool if I didn’t organise dinner for tomorrow.  Yep! few more minutes in the kitchen then.
Obviously there wasn’t much to choose from the fridge and I didn’t put anything out of the freezer. I reached the turnip in the basket and started peeling it. Soup? maybe.
Sipping on my tea and peeling the turnip my mind said ‘hot and spicy’. Turnip soup gone. (the kids will have to have something else again).
After throwing the turnips into the slow cooker I opened my fancy spice box, stood there thinking for few minutes and it all happened! Slow cooked Spicy Turnip with dried shrimps. I served it with shop bought naan bread and my goodness it was just amazing. It didn’t taste like turnips at all! So soft and the subtle fishy taste from the shrimps.Turmeric and coriander definitely brought some colour and fragrance. Chilies? I guess it won’t be the same without the chilies.  Skip the shrimps if you don’t have it. Hope you enjoy!


  • So peel , dice and wash the turnip. 
  • Put it in your slow cooker.
  • add a handful of pre soaked dry shrimps (optional)
  • 1/2 a tsp of whole cumin and 1/2 a tsp of mustard seeds. 
  • 2tbsp of turmeric powder. 
  • I used 3 dry chilies and 2 green ones.
  • 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
  • 1 big white onion – chopped
  • 3 tomatoes – chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • around 200ml of water
  • Coriander (do not skip the coriander because it really adds a great flavour and colour to the dish)

Mix all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Set to cook on low for 6 -8 hours. Garnish with a generous amount of fresh chopped coriander just before serving. 

PS: you can also use a saucepan, a pot or a pressure cooker instead of the slow cooker.

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