As the week draws to an end I have a special recipe for you - prawn pickle which is one of Mangalore's favourite condiments. It is a perfect accompaniment to your simple meals, especially during Lent when you have started including a lot more vegetables in your diet, like I have. People who usually don't like seafood will enjoy this pickle as there is absolutely no fishy smell to it and the prawns are tiny and very enjoyable to munch on. When I say 'people' I am actually referring to my son who doesn't like seafood but enjoys prawns, usually breaded and deep fried. He enjoyed this pickle too along with my brother's kids who had come to spend the day with us last week.
This pickle, as all pickles do, goes really well with coconut milk based gravies as the sweetness in the coconut milk is perfectly balanced by the spice in the pickle. I tried this combo last week when I had made the Egg Roce Curry and I was literally licking my fingers (and my plate - errr, not really!) after I had finished the last few morsels. Don't believe me? Try it!