Friday, July 18, 2008

Hot and Spicy Shrimp

My late-mama (maternal uncle) used to brighten up a room with his presence and be the life of the party anywhere anytime. Once in a while, he used to get an urge to cook and he'd do it without any masala powder or chilli powders. And the end dish would be really good. Lip smacking, tongue tickling, 'give me more, right now!' - THAT good! Once in a while, I try to make some dish like that - without any masala powders. It can't get any fresher than that (unless ofcourse, you grow your own vegetables!). Here is one such recipe. The hot and spiciness comes from ginger, garlic and green chillies. Lots of them!

Shrimp - 1 pound, at room temperature
Onion - 1 very finely sliced
Green chillies -4-6 depending on how how hot they are
Garlic - 6 pods
Ginger - 2 inch
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1-2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

Grind the ginger, garlic and green chillies with 1/2 tsp salt. The salt is very important to add whenever you grind green chillies. Keep this aside.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and add the curry leaves. Add the onions and saute this for a few minutes, till they get soft. You can keep the lid closed and the let the onions cook till they are soft and almost mushy. Add the ground paste and saute for a few more mins. Add the prawns and keep stirring. Add the turmeric and salt after a few mins and close the pan with a lid. After 5 mins, open it and add a sprinkle of water if you need. Keep stirring till the shrimp is cooked. When it is almost dry, add the lemon juice and stir once. Remove from heat. Serve with hot rice or roti.

ETA: A friend of mine made this and said she loved it but couldn't get the same caremelised brown color. I used a cast iron skillet with a cast iron lid, which I think contributed to that rich caramelized color. Or maybe it was the onions, saute'd for a longer time.. It adds a great taste too.


indosungod said...

Wish I could grow Shrimp too :)
That is one delicious curry Kay.
My mom cooks that way, no powders at all and if at all it is usually sambhar powder.

I see you have changed the title of the blog!

Kay said...

Wow! Indo, with your green thumb I wouldn't be surprised if you grew shrimp too! :) LOL

The blog title was changed some time back - when everything was just clouding up. It seems a lot better now, but kinda liked the title - so left it up. Like it?

indosungod said...

I like the new title but I liked the old title too, it was how shall I put it? idealistic!
Little 'M' doing good and I am so glad to see you blogging again.

sra said...

Kay, I didn't realise you had gotten back to blogging! I make something like this too.

Kay said...

Well Indo, Now I have a new title in mind... such a wavering mind! ;) lol.. yeah, little mischief is doing good.

sra, good to see you here. I lurk in your blog once in a while.

Arjuna said...

Wow - thats definitely making me hungry -- yum yum..

I love prawns :)

priar's, said...

first time in ur blog...shrimp is really tempting can i have one..:)

Shilpa said...

These shrimps look delicios Kay. Long time I haven't bought shrimps. Will try this soon.

Kay said...

Arjuna, you can come over anytime. :)

Welcome Priar, sure have one.

Shilpa, if you make it. let me know how it was.

Archana, mama of twins said...

Hey Kay
Havent been here in a while.. surfing desizmoms and saw your fitness goals..

good luck, i might have to put one up myself..


Kay said...

Sure Archana, I found your blog and left a message. Hope you are doing great.