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)
These fish packets can be cooked under the grill, on a barbecue or in the oven or steamed in a steamer.
You can use any vegetables of your choice….steam or bake first for 10 minutes, then add fish and steam for a further 10 minutes or until cooked when tested.
2 cups very thinly sliced assorted summer squash (such as zucchini, yellow crookneck, and pattypan) 4 tablespoons dry white wine
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, plus cup basil leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
20 cherry tomatoes, halved 4 6-oz. skinless white flaky fish fillets (such as Atlantic cod or halibut)
Fold four 24×12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil in half crosswise; open foil and place on a work surface. Divide squash among pieces of foil, arranging in layers on one half of each piece of foil. Sprinkle shallots and sliced basil over, dividing equally. Scatter tomato halves around squash. Drizzle each with 1 Tbsp. wine and ½ Tbsp. oil; add ½ Tbsp. water to each packet. Season with salt and pepper. Place a fish fillet atop each portion of vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle ½ Tbsp. oil over each fillet.
Fold and crimp edges of foil to seal packages. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Chill. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before continuing.
Build a medium fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium-high. Place packets on grill grate. Grill until fish is just cooked through (a toothpick poked through the foil will slide through fish easily), about 10 minutes. Carefully cut open packets (steam will escape). Garnish with basil leaves.
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.
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
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.