Someone has rightly said “Imagination takes you everywhere!!” And this quote exactly describes my personality.I imagine a lot and always love to live in my own fantasy world. I find myself fantasizing about food more often than not.
If you have been trying to convince yourself from not having those food fantasies, here is one intresting point that I read in an article in huffingtonpost that may change your mind. The post states that having food fantasies is normal and when you have them your brain begins to release dopamine, which typically would make you feel happy. So if you are stressed after a hectic day, you just need to fantasize about food and you would feel buoyant in no time.Coming back to myself, If I were on my deathbed, and be granted a last wish then … what would be my last wish? Ummmm… Don’t worry friends, I am not making it a serious topic:-)I have my list of food items ready for that last Wish and “Prawns curry” is on the top of that list.
In Mumbai, there are few big fish markets in the residential area where I grew up. In my childhood, I used to go with my nani or sometimes with papa to fish market on every Sunday.Till the time my Nani was busy haggling with the fisherwoman ,I used to observe the other fisherwoman cleaning the prawns. The way they devein and clean the prawns is an art!!They do it with such dexterity and speed just with their fingertips. Over the years I have learnt to devein and clean the prawns myself but I am no match to their speed.
What I like about the prawns is that you cook them in any way , whether in curry, pulao/biryani or simply steamed and tossed in black pepper-salt, they come out awesome always. I have so many friends who are not really sea-food lovers but never say no to prawns preparations.
I am sharing with you “Konkani Style Prawns Curry” which is directly coming from my Mom’s kitchen. Believe me your family members would be drawn into the kitchen by the extraordinary aroma of this unusual combination of prawns with potato and juicy drumsticks. I will tell you my secret. I impressed my in-laws with my cooking skills by preparing this curry in my first non veg preparations after marriage. **Wink Wink**.
So all fish lovers and newly wedded brides, impress your family with this delectable Prawns curry. i would love to hear your thoughts and feedback, so comments section is all yours!!
- 300 gm prawns ( preferably medium sized )
- 1 medium sized potato cut into small cubes
- 1 drumstick chopped like fingers
- 1 big onion cut into cubes
- 8-10 garlic cloves
- 1 to 1.5 inches Ginger ( Adarak) -chopped in small pieces
- Fresh coriander
- 1 cup grated dry coconut
- ½ lemon juice
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder ( haldi )
- 3-4 tsp Malvani masala (as per your spicy taste)
- Red chili powder spicy as per the taste ( only if Malvani masala is not available)
- 2 tsp Garam masala powder - ( only if Malvani masala is not available)
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 1 medium sized tomato made into puree
- 3-4 Kokum ( as per your tangy taste )
- Curry leaves for tempering
- Cooking oil
- Clean the prawns and remove their shells. Also devein them properly. Wash it thoroughly.
- Marinade the prawns with ½ tspoon turmeric, salt and lemon juice for 20-30 min. Keep it aside.
- Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and saute grated coconut till it gets light brown in color. It takes 3-4 min.Keep it aside.
- In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil.Saute garlic and chopped ginger into it till garlic gets light brown.
- Add cut onion and saute till it gets tender and light brown in color.
- Once onion turn light brown then add roasted dry coconut (from step 3) and fresh coriander leaves and just give a nice stir for 1 min.
- Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool off.
- Grind the above mixture into a smooth paste. Do not add too much water.
- In a kadhai(pan), heat 2 tbspoon oil. Add 4-5 curry leaves.
- Add the ground masala paste to the kadhai and saute it for 1-2 min.
- Add 1 tea spoon coriander powder, 3-4 teaspoon malvani masala. Saute it well for 4-5 min nicely till the mixture leaves off the oil from side.
- Add prawns,cut potato, and drumstick to the mixture and mix it well.
- Add 3-4 cups hot water into the mixture as per the consistency required. Cook it on medium flame till first boil.
- Thereafter lower the flame, add tomato puree and mix it well.
- Add 3-4 kokum ( shredded in small pieces ).Salt as per taste.
- Cover the lid. Cook it for 20-25 min on a low flame.
- Serve hot with Tandalachi Bhakari ( Steamed Rice flour flat bread ) and steamed rice.
- Enjoy Sunday Lunch with the Spicy Prawns Curry 😉
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