2 green chillies (optional but desirable, so add more or less depending on how hot you want the dish)
5-6 curry leaves
1 cup (tightly packed) fresh green coriander
1/2 cup (tightly packed) fresh mint
1/2 fresh coconut grated
5 cloves garlic
1″ piece of ginger
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt to taste
The rest: 3 tbsp oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced very thin
1/2 kg prawns/ shrimps, shelled and deveined
2 tbsp chopped fresh, green coriander to garnish with
In a small pan, heat the ghee and then hot add the mustard seeds, curry laves, green chillies and urad daal. all the ingredients will splutter so be very careful. I like to use a splatter cover to prevent accidental burns!
Fry till the ingredients stop spluttering and turn darker in color.
Remove from the fire and add to the coconut.
Add all the other masala ingredients and grind together in a food processor until a smooth paste is formed. Keep aside for later use.
Heat the cooking oil in a wok/ kadhai or a deep, heavy bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions and fry until they turn pale golden in color.
Now add the masala made as above and fry. In a while, the oil will begin to separate from the masala and it will turn fragrant. This could take up to 10 minutes and is an indication that it is cooked. Stir almost constantly as the masala could easily burn. Keep heat on medium.
When the masala is ready, add the prawns/ shrimps and stir to coat them completely with the masala. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Plate up or put in serving dish and garnish with chopped fresh, green coriander. Serve immediately with hot Chapatis!
I remember the crab man coming in Sri Lanka with baskets on his shoulders full of fresh crab.
As a child, we would gather around to watch the crabs scuttling away and him catching the ones selected by my mother, and the man splitting them in two by ripping off the shell and putting it straight into a pot for the cook to take away and prepare.
To find this recipe was a delight….as Crab curry is still my favorite..next to garlic prawns of course…
8 crabs (factored at 2 medium-sized crabs per person)
1 1/2″ lump of tamarind
1/2 cup hot water
2 large onions sliced
2 large tomatoes sliced
10 dry red chillies (use less if you do not want a hot curry)