Visiting Hyderabad is incomplete without catching up with Surbhi, my friend from college.... She's made to taste my experiments and doesn't escape despite being in a different town ;) Her son, Darsh is just adorable..... He loves the Fan, Lights and rattly sound made by his dad.....
She was raving about these Andhra Prawns that a friend of their's who was over made in their kitchen[Her kitchen saw, her husband Nitin n me experiment with Butter Garlic Prawns last time at midnight :) ]..... and I just had to know how to make them...... So here goes the translated recipe after some frantic phonecalls n quickly scribbled recipe, with my addition of extra Garlic[you might wanna go easy on it].....
Prawns - 1/2 kg [Deveined, cleaned, washed in turmeric water]
Oil - 4 tbsp
Curry Leaves - 2 handfuls
Green Chillies - 2, sliced
Onions - 1/2 kg, chopped finely
Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Chopped Garlic - 5 Tbsp [finely chopped]
Ginger Paste - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - handfull
For the Prawn Masala Powder:
Black pepper - 1 tblsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cloves - 5
Cardamom seeds - 4 [seeds of 4 Cardamoms]
Fenugreek - 1 tblsp
1. Marinate the prawns in salt, turmeric pwd, lemon juice and chilli pwd for half an hour. I used gloves during marination as the turmeric leaves my nails stained for long time n even lemon doesn't take the smell of prawns away.
2. Dry-roast the spices from the ‘Masala Powder’ on a tawa and make a coarsely crushed mix of the all the ingredients mentioned in ‘Masala Powder’ section.
3. Make a paste of the onions and add the Ginger n Garlic paste along with the ‘Masala Powder’.
4. Heat the oil in a pan, temper with curry leaves and green chillies until they begin to shrink.
5. Add the onions and saute till they turn transparent.
6. Add the prawns, reduce the heat and saute for about 5 minutes.
7. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 minutes.
The Prawns were delicious, succulent n juicy..... The flavours of Curry Leaves n Garlic lent itself beautifully with the delicate prawns :) Nani's kitchen so full of lovely stuff collected over the years, this lovely cross-stitch napkin was made by her many many years ago.....
Despite all the teasing n fun.... there was just 1 pc of the prawn left cause we were stuffed upto the brim...
Mom's childhood friend[Nani's friend's son] came over and got us some yummy dessert made with gur...... yes gur rasgullas, spongy and light.....
A Family that Eats Together, Stays Togetherand yes, Nivritti you were missed.... Only until next time when we all have chutti together :)