Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Chilli Prawns/ Prawn Tempura with a pungent dipping sauce

I had some left over prawn and was sick of the usual dry preps and the curry...never comes out right for me. I was searching online for some easy prawn recipes and came across this from mariasmenu. I wouldn't say this was a damn easy dish to prepare, but a damn tasty and addictive one at that. It can be served as an appetiser with a dip or as a side to Chinese mains. I didn't have green peppers and so omitted them. Made a few changes here and there too.

Prawns- 250gms (cleaned and deveined)

To marinate:
Plain flour- 3 tbs
Cornflour- 2 tbs
Fresh ground pepper- 2 tsp
Salt- to taste
Egg- 1

Spring Onions- 2 big ones, thinly chopped
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbs
Chilli pwd- 1/2 tsp
Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
Soy sauce- 2 tbs
Oil- to fry
Salt- to taste
Lime juice- to sprinkle

Make a paste with plain flour, corn flour, pepper powder, egg, salt and water and marinate the prawns for about half an hour in this paste. the prawns should be well coated. Deep fry the prawns in hot oil, drain on paper towels and keep aside.
In a frying pan, heat about 1 tbs oil (use the left over oil from frying) and sautee the spring onions and Ggp till they become soft and fragrant. To this, add chilli pwd and pepper pwd and mix well. Add the soy sauce and salt required and sautee well. Finally add the fried prawns, sautee for a few more minutes till it becomes dry. Sprinkle some lime juice, garnish with spring onions and dig in. If you need a dipping sauce to accompany the appetiser, here goes:

Soy sauce- 2tbs
Grated ginger- 1 tsp
Balsamic vinegar- 1 tsp
Sugar- a pinch

Mix all this together, season with a little ground pepper and you are ready to go.

Notes: If you add tomato sauce along with the soy, i guess it tastes even better. I somehow dislike the tomato sauce. So i avoided it.
If you have king prawns/tiger prawns and beer, add the beer to the batter and deep fry till crisp and golden and you have prawn tempura.


Justin said...

these look good, but deep-fried with beer batter sounds really exciting

Enigma said...

wow u seem to be cooking up a storm lol....glad to c so many posts...

An Open Book said...

Justin...i know comes out nice and crispy
kel..what all i have 2 do for a living :)

Shades of Grey said...

This looks too yum for words!!!

An Open Book said...

It was so yum...we were eating it like popcorn actually