One of the recipes that has been in my collection for a really long time is this simple and easy prawn recipe that you can make in no time. Since it is not your fancy prawn dish, it could prove to be a strong contender to your other weekday dishes. My mum in law taught me to make this and all you need to do is chop a few ingredients - the masala requires no grinding as all you need is some bafat powder and you can put this dish together in a jiffy.
Thought this would be the perfect dish for those who are on a seafood/fish diet this Lent. Those who don't have bafat powder can buy some from the nearest 'Mangalore Stores' outlet (present in most cities in India) or better still, make a small batch just for this recipe. Do check the notes section for the same.
- 20 tiger prawns, deveined and cleaned
- 2 medium sized potatoes cubed
- 1 big onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
- 4-5 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1-1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
- 1-2 small green chillies, slit (deseed if you wish)
- 1 cup finely chopped coriander
- 3/4th - 1 teaspoon bafat powder (adjust to taste) * see notes
- salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a heavy based kadhai/pan and fry the onions till they turn pale (pink/translucent) - do not fry them too much, we just want them to lose their rawness. Add the chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and fry for half a minute.
2. Add the tomatoes, bafat powder and sprinkle a little salt and continue to fry till the tomatoes turn slightly mushy. Add the potato cubes and sprinkle a little water, cover the pan and cook till the potatoes are almost tender (not fully cooked)
3. Now add the cleaned prawns, salt to taste (remember you have added some salt to the tomatoes) and half of the chopped coriander. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the prawns are just done - overcooking will turn them chewy. When they are perfectly cooked prawns will not look raw (soft/supple texture) and the flesh will be more opaque than transparent (when they are raw) - when you bite into them they should be tender and juicy.
4. Remove from heat, garnish with the remaining chopped coriander and serve hot with rice.
1. To make your own small batch of bafat powder mix together 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder + 3/4th teaspoon of coriander powder + 2 pinches of cumin powder + 2 pinches of pepper powder + 2 pinches of turmeric powder - this is just an approximation. This makes about 2 teaspoons of bafat powder. Please adjust accordingly for this recipe