Friday 2 April 2010

Prawn Masala / Crevettes sautées à l' ail et aux épices

My humble apologies to my dear readers & all my friends here for my long absence …. I think the end of March has always been the busiest period every year…even a marriage ceremony wouldn’t require so much energy and time than preparing my daughter’s bday lol

Well, usually people buy ingredients/things to cook at once, but apparently, I am one of those bizarre species who have this craze of buying prawns but who never has the envy to cook them at once….. and I'm renown at home for being a kinda " Prawn Scrooge"....... Yes, I’m somewhat peculiar, I agree :)... let me explain why!

Though I alternate unvaryingly between meat, veggies and seafood in a week’s menu, we have the tendency to refill the stock of prawns only when we go to the exotic stores, i.e. once in a month or two…certainly due to the difference in price and caliber of the product when compared to the local stores …and so due to the fact that savoring prawns has become somewhat exceptional in my case, I don’t like to accommodate something and finish eating them in a jiffy… so, I treasure it in the freezer and keep until I choose the "D" day to cook it in the best ways possible with prior plans of how I am going to cook them......(like Vadivel says "Yedhuvaa irundhaalum PLAN panni seiyanum" LOL)  and although I know it would vanish in no time but at least we would have taken the time to relish it heartily, right?

Anyways, this is one of those simple, quick and ideal ways to relish the fine savor of the prawns… hope you’ll appreciate it as much as we do....

Ingredients/ Ingrédients:

850g raw uncooked Prawns (shelled & cleaned)/ 850g de Crevettes crues
(I remove the heads for this recipe, you may use them for your broths if you like… did you know that it’s the head which contains the concentrated amount of fat and cholesterol?)
(J’enlève les têtes pour cette préparation ; vous pouvez les utiliser pour vos bouillons si vous voulez ... Saviez-vous que c'est la tête où se concentre le gras et le cholestérol?)

6 tbsp oil /6 cuillères à soupe d’huile
A sprig of curry leaves/ une branche de feuilles de curry
6 or 7 shallots (peeled & chopped finely) / 6 ou 7 échalotes (pelées et hachées finement)
3 green chilies /3 piments verts
A tsp of tomatoe concentrate (optional)/ une c. à café de concentré de tomates (facultatif)
Salt/ Sel
120g yogurt/ 120g yaourt
½ tsp turmeric powder/ ½ c. à café de poudre de curcuma
Coriander leaves for garnish/ quelques feuilles de coriandre fraiche


To grind/ À broyer:

6 or 7 garlic pods (peeled)/ 6 ou 7 gousses d’ail pelées
2 tbsp fennel seeds/2 cuillères à soupe de graines de fenouil
Few peppercorns/ quelques graines de poivre
5-10 dry red chilies (+/- according to your tastes) / 5-10 piments rouges sechés (+/- selon vos gouts)
2 tomatoes (chopped roughly)/ 2 tomates (coupées grossièrement)
2 tbsp coriander seeds / 2 c. à table de graines de coriandre

Method/ La préparation:

Mix yoghurt, salt and turmeric powder in a bowl and marinate the prawns for an hour in that mixture.
Mélanger le yaourt, le sel et la poudre de curcuma dans un bol et laisser les crevettes mariner dedans pendant une heure environ.


Grind all the ingredients under “To grind” to a fine paste.
Broyer tous les ingrédients sous la rubrique «À broyer » afin d’obtenir une pâte fine.


Heat oil in a wide skillet, add the curry leaves, onions and the green chilies and fry until the onions become translucent.
Faire chauffer l’huile dans une grande poêle et ajouter les feuilles de curry, les échalotes hachées et les piments verts et faire rissoler jusqu’à ce que les échalotes deviennent translucides.


Reduce the heat to medium and add the ground masala along with the tomato paste and stir fry until oil oozes out from the mixture.
Ajouter les ingrédients broyés préalablement ainsi que le concentré de tomates et faire sauter à feu moyen jusqu’à ce que l’huile se sépare du mélange.


Add the marinated prawns, taste and correct the salt if necessary and stir fry on high flame for not more than 5 to 6 minutes.
Ajouter les crevettes marinées ; Goûter et rectifier le sel si nécessaire et faites frire à feu vif pendant 5 à 6 minutes.


Sprinkle some coriander leaves and serve hot with any of your favorite dishes. Goes well with any Rice/Rotis
Garnir avec des feuilles de coriandre et servez chaud avec vos plats préférés. S’accompagne très bien avec du Riz / Pains


Enjoy & have a nice week end !!! / Bon Appétit et bon weekend!!!!

40 comments:

Priya said...

Vino,prawn masala looks fantabulous, the masala u prepared making out this prawn dish sounds truly delectable, u know i can eat prawns daily and i need truly some variations for making out my prawns, thanks for this delicious masala, am going to try for the sure..

Meena said...

curry looks fab, my friend...

nandini said...

If u were living here i would have defenitely invited myself over to relish those gorgeous prawns!!!. I have to try this this weekend....
Belated wishes to ur daughter!!.. Hope she had a swell party!.

Sushma Mallya said...

Happy easter vinolia, prawns masala looks delicious and nice recipe too

Happy Cook said...

One of my favourite way of eating prawns so so yumm looing.

Shama Nagarajan said...

i don't know to clean prawns...usually will buy the cleaned ones or frozen packets....grt effort to clean it and make this yummy delicious gravy....

MaryMoh said...

Wow...that's such am awesome dish!This would be soooo good with rice. Prawns is my favourite.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Enappa ippidi oru picture pottu paduthuringa:) Fresh Parwn with shell rusiye thani thaan. I enjoy that shelling part too.I am also like u in plannnnnniiing....to do my favorite dish. Ethu senjalum anupavichu seivom la? Athuvum saappattu vishayam na konjam athigamave care kuduppom la:) Birthday wishes to Alka.

Vrinda said...

Simple n yummy prawn masala..nice recipe

Sarah Naveen said...

Good to see you back deary!!!
Prawns looks perfect and yummy!!!...i m drooling ;)

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Lovely dish with prawn, great photos and shall give it a try dear....

Tina said...

Wow...Looks delicious and spicy..Yummyyyyy.

ganga said...

mouthwatering...tempting clicks

Uma S said...

nice clicks and am simply drooling on it!..Prawn is my most favorite seafood item- give me any time of the day,I can simply gorge on it:)-

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Super with rasam sadam............

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Very tempting dish. Love it!Wanna snatch it from the screen. Shrimp tastes awesome but cleaning it is the the worst thing ever.I always buy the pre-cleaned one so I don't have to deal with the smell while cleaning.

Hey, I will be posting that mystery recipe of yours on Monday. ;). Stay tuned my dear.

Fimère said...

j'essaye de humer l'odeur qui se dégage de cette préparation ça doit être un pur bonheur, je viens diner chez vous...lol
bonne journée

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Gulmohar said...

Awesome..spicy yummy prawns..Loved the first click :-)

Swathi said...

Vinola,

Prawn masala looks really good, nice click dear. I will use this masala to try with some of vegetables.

Ally said...

akal: splendid i say!! beautifully clicked as well

SathyaSridhar said...

Vino,,,Happy Easter to u n to ur family,,,,Woow,,prawn masala looks simply superb dear with good explanation,,, i like this one with rasam rice,,, take care n keep on smiling

Cynthia said...

I want! I want! I want!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

wow drooling here my dear...even i have stock up prawns:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Iral masala looks wonderful...lovely step by step pictures...makes one very hungry.

Mona said...

Its been a long time since I had fresh prawns, and this dish looks mouth watering!

Jay said...

Wow...such a mouth watering picture...so inviting...glad to follow u...great space u have...do drop in at my blog sometime...

Latha said...

Yummy prawn masala, so tempting....will try it soonn and let you know...great clicks. Happy easter.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i would love some too...
looks so good!

Sashi said...

Love it vino !! Prawn looks inviting, like to have it with steamed rice. Nice clicks Vino.

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shriya said...

Prawn looks so yummy and am craving for prawn masala. Delicious pics and beautiful clicks.

25BAR said...

WOW!

s said...

they look wonderful..been thinking of trying a diff type of prawns...these sound perfect!

San said...

Mouthwatering prawns right in front of me,don't know how i missed it.Love prawns a lot,prawn fry with rice is a pleasing combo i would crave for.I did it with shrimp the same way last week except that i did not add fennel.Belated b'day wishes to your daughter.Nallave plan panni senchiteenga vino,enaku pasikudhu ippo.

Bong Mom said...

Those prawns look gorgeous AS. You are making me so hungry

Malaysian Delicacies said...

Hi, first time to ur blog.
I luv prawns.The prawn dish looks really yummy.
Cant wait to try out ur version of it one of these days. Thx for sharing.

Sridevi said...

Presentation is very nice...This Prawns masala goes very well with Sambar Rice...

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Anonymous said...

I tried out this recipe yesterday and it turned out yummm....though i made it spicy, it went great with veg pulao...got to try many more recipes from your site...thank you.

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