I churned up this prawn recipe the very last moment when we spontaneously invited 2 non- red meat eaters for an impromptu dinner. Much as I love to have people over and cook for them it also would have been good had I known what I was left in my fridge as I had not been shopping for a while. So during my salvation trip into the fridge I found out that I had no vegetables or chicken. I only had a single tomato and the last bit of yogurt left. Not much I could do with.
Thankfully, they liked prawns. Prawns and fish is something I like to keep stock of. Its such an easy protein to work with. Prawns is a family favourite of ours, even my 1 1/2 year old loves to munch on them. So when in doubt with dinner, I know prawns pasta will hit the spot. But our guests being Italian, wont be going ‘delizioso’ for sure !
The one thing that I knew I could do and was confident about the flavour combination was the use of chilli, garlic and prawns.
When in doubt simply sauté garlic in butter add prawns, a bit of chilli flakes, oregano, drop of honey or sugar to cut through the heat and finish with a squeeze of lemon. Voila what you have is an unmistakably delicious Chilli prawn dish which can go with rice, bread, pasta or simply as a snack.
My next point of call was going into my spice drawer and make a quick calculation of possible combinations I could make. Thankfully I am mostly well stocked with spices especially whole spices so that was my saving grace.
My tip to you would be to keep few instant spice blends in your cupboard for a quick reach. It not only helps in making easy base sauces and dishes but simply saves you the trouble of raking your head to come up with one.
Since I love to make my own blends, I am a bit partial to freshly made ones but the commercial blends are there for a reason and equally popular. Go ahead and try a few spice blends if you are not confident to make your own. Our recommended product is this beautiful carousel with 8 spice mixes.
So the next time you get stuck with limited ingredients, adding a little spice will only Spice it UPP !!
|Prawns - 500 gms|
|Onions - 1, diced into small pieces|
|Yogurt - 3 tbsp|
|Tomato - 1, chopped|
|Curry leaves - 15|
|Sunflower oil - 4 tbsp|
|For the spice paste|
|Garlic - 5 pods|
|Whole red chillies (Fresh or dry) - 3 to 4|
|Pepper corn- 1 tsp|
|Coriander seeds- 2 tsp|
|Cumin seeds - 1 tsp|
|Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp|
|Mustard seeds - 1 tsp|