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Monday, November 29, 2010

Prawn Masala

                        Learnt this from a fantastic Chef and one of my better half's favourite. Ophelia

700 gm               Medium size prawns
    2                     Kayu Manis
    3                     Star Anise
    4                     Dried Chillies
    1/2 teasp          Halba
    1 teasp             Ground Black Pepper
    1 teasp             Ground White Pepper
   1 1/2 teasp        Jintan Manis seeds
    3 teasp             Chilli Powder
    5 Tabsp           Fish Curry Powder
    4 Tabsp           Water
     3 Tabsp           Tomato Paste
     6 pips              Finely ground Garlic
    20 gm               Finely ground Ginger
    20 gm               Finely ground Shallots
    60 gm               Tamarind mix with 30 ml water
 220 ml                 Fresh Santan
     3 sprigs            Curry leaves [before frying crush it in order to release aroma]
     3 Tabsp           Oil
  1. Make a paste with 3 teasp *Chilli Powder, 5 Tabsp Fish Powder & 4 Tabsp water.
  2. Heat 3 Tabsp oil saute kayu manis, curry leaves, star anise & dried chillies for 2 minutes.
  3. Add Jintan Manis seeds, halba & shallots, saute till shallots light brown.
  4. Add finely ground Garlic & Ginger & fry for 4 minutes.
  5. Add halba, ground black pepper & the *Chilli Powder Paste, Tomato Paste & Salt.
  6. Add in the prawn mixing it well for 2 minutes to combine smoothly.
  7. Add water to level of the prawns & let it come to a boil.
  8. Add tarmarind water, fresh santan & simmer on medium low heat till prawns cook.
  9. Do Not Over Cook Prawns. Check for taste and adjust according to your taste.
                     xoxo till next post, Ophelia

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