Prawns in Green Masala…Dhania Jhinga

Green-Banana-Prawns

http://indianfood.about.com/od/seafoodrecipes/r/Dhania-Jhinga-Prawns-In-Green-Masala.htm

  • For the masala: 2 tsps ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad daal (yellow lentil)
  • 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

Preparation:

  • 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!
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Garlic Prawns

Prawns from Thailand are very cheap at present and for $5 you get half a kilo which is enough to feed 2 or a very hungry one.

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Recipe is simple….half kg prawns, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 full garlic chopped.

Cook all in a wok or frying pan until the prawns glaze and the garlic is cooked. Add chopped fresh herbs…parsley, oregano, basil, here I used nasturtium leaves and 3 small chillies chopped and added and cooked a few moments more

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This I usually serve on top of steamed rice or with a tossed salad…Delicious

Today I had some cold rice in the fridge and decided to add the rice to the prawns to sop up the delicious flavored oils.

It was served with a green leaf salad and mayonaise.

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