Monday, September 28, 2020

Spicy stir fried prawn...


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Who doesn't love a quick recipe? I always prefer a quick delicious dish for a weeknight dinner. And I choose fish or seafood for that, as the cooking time is much less compared to other proteins. Last week I tried this quick, easy, ready in a jiffy spicy stir fried prawns to go with some steamed rice. The spicy prawns were perfect to go with both stir fried noodles and plain rice.

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Growing herbs at home is so much fun and the best part is, you can get fresh herbs whenever you need them. I used my homegrown lemongrass and thai basil along with some fragrant spices and a bunch of spicy chilies to prepare this dish. I love spicy food , but you can adjust the amount of chilies as per your preference. 

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Things needed to make spicy stir fried prawns:

  • Prawns: 10-12
  • Shallots: 1 (small)
  • Garlic: 2-3 cloves
  • Ginger (grated): 1 tbsp *
  • Lemongrass: 2 inch
  • Cumin: 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander: 1/4 tsp
  • Fresh chilies: 4-5 (according to taste)
  • Fish sauce: 1 tsp
  • Lime juice: 2 tsp
  • Thai basil: 12-15
  • Lime leaves: 2-3
  • Honey: 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste **
  • Fresh coriander to garnish
  • Vegetable oil to cook

*If you can get galangal then use it instead of ginger, I didn't have galangal so I used ginger instead
** If you are using fish sauce then use very little salt as fish sauce is very salty

Steps of making of spicy stir fried prawns:

  1. Clean and devein the prawns. You can discard the head, but I kept it as it imparts a lot of flavour. Marinate the prawn with lime juice, salt and black pepper powder for 10 mins.
  2. While the prawns are marinating make a paste of shallots, garlic, ginger (or galangal, if your using it), lemongrass, cumin, coriander, chilies, thai basil, lime leaves and fish sauce and honey. Make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat a wok or pan, then hot add oil. I used sesame oil, you can use any vegetable oil of your choice.
  4. Add the prawns immediately. Cook for 1-2 mins.
  5. Add the freshly made paste and mix well with the prawns. Cook for 3-4 mins. Switch off the heat. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with fresh coriander and lime slices. It can be served as a side dish with steamed rice or starter.
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