Basmati rice makes an excellent complement to this spicy curry dish. You can flavor the rice by adding a bay leaf, a cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods to the pot.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and saute until translucent.
Add coconut milk, and simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Add shrimp and chile pepper, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is fully cooked, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro leaves.