Sunday, 18 September 2011

Tindora and prawn stir fry (kovakka-konju mezhukkupuratti)

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Not in the mood to blabber today, just that we were at an Indian grocery store yesterday and Ro and me were like kids left loose in a candy story. Went ballistic and picked up a whole lot of junk, one of which was fresh tindora, a vegetable I absolutely love.

I remember seeing a prawn and tindora dish at my place once and I conveniently put it aside because I couldn't care less about the tindora. Years later and here I am desperately trying to replicate the recipe in my home. So are the ways of life, said my intellectual husband while savouring this tasty dish. I had to pen it down before I forgot the recipe.
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Tindora (kovakka)- 350 gms, cleaned and sliced lengthwise thinly
Small prawns- 200- 220 gms, peeled and cleaned
English shallot- 1, finely chopped
Chilli powder- 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a sprig
Dry red chillies- 2
Salt- to taste
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
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Marinate the prawns with 1/4 tsp chilli powder anda pinch of turmeric powder.
Pre cook the tindora in a pan with a few drops of water and the remaining chilli powder and turmeric powder.
Keep stirring in between and if you find that it is sticking to the bottom, add some more water and cook uncovered.
Keep it on medium heat and cook uncovered till they are no longer crunchy, but be cautious and prevent it from becoming mushy.
Once done, keep aside
Heat oil in a frying pan and splutter mustard seeds.
Throw in the curry leaves and dry chillies, stir for about 3 to 5 seconds and add the shallots.
Saute till they turn light brown.
Tip in the pre cooked tindora, prawns and sambar powder, season with enough salt and stir fry for a couple of minutes, or till the prawns are completely cooked through.
Serve with some steaming hot rice.
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Notes: Use 2 or 3 small Indian shallots if you don't have English shallots
The original recipe uses dried shrimp, but since I'm seriously averse to it, I decided to use fresh ones.
If the prawns take time to cook, pre cook it the same way you did the tindora and then add it together at the end

26 comments:

magpie said...

MMMmm! I love dried shrimp though am sure this tastes fab either way! Have you had the spicy dried shrimp and coconut powder in Kerala? addicted to it. But then to each his/her own :) Lovely pictures as usual. Love the little dish.

JishasKitchen said...

adipoli....!!...I just love this combo...great with some hot rice..:)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

New combo to me...love both the things separately....so sure this combo will be a hit with me...Never used sambar powder with mezhukkupuratti too...lovely clicks..

Nitha said...

That should be yummy combo.. I like both of these.. Never tried the combo though..

divya said...

Mmm delicious! looks awesome and fabulous clicks..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking prawn stir fry. Excellent preparation. As usual wonderful photos.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Priti said...

I made tindora almost same some times but never tried it with prawns ...nice idea and looks fab

Umm Mymoonah said...

Never came across this combination but it's a winner for sure.

Rumana Rawat said...

Just wow dish...

Pushpa said...

Flavorful and delicious combination.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Such a nice combination

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Healthy and delicious stir fry...Clicks are amazing...

Rinku Naveen said...

Ooh Nisha..this is an amazing combination. Adipoli! Looks superb. Will surely try it sometime as this is the best way to make everyone eat their veggies especially in a house full of complete non veggies :)

Priya said...

Fabulous and new combo..lovely!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This look fabulous! Lovely and unique combo! Should give this a try. But not for 1 month. I am keeping fast and staying away from meat and such till middle of October..

aipi said...

How unique ~ your pics are gorgeous!
USMasala

Suja said...

Excellent preparation,the combo sounds super delicious..yum

Sobha Shyam said...

wonderful and lovely combo, new to me, pics are so amazing..

Torviewtoronto said...

colourful delicious combination looks wonderful
hope you can join food palette rainbow colours

Monet said...

This is a new meal to me...which always makes me excited. And thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! I'm hungry again (we just finished dinner a couple of hours ago). Yummy..as always. Much love from Austin!

Prathima Rao said...

Thats a new & innovative stir fry!!! And lovely clicks..:)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Tina said...

beautiful clicks dear...stir fry looks perfect.

Sunshine And Smile said...

hubby loves Tindora and I usually just stir fry it with some onion. This would be a great twist to add!

Yummy Team said...

Never tasted this combo before..It sounds and looks really yummy..

Poornima Nair said...

This looks amazing!!I make tindora fry all the time, adding shrimp would make it even better im sure.

Reflections said...

The combination sounds interesting....never hrd of it b4;-o. Am gonna try this atleast once. Thanks!!!!

The pics are colorful & I'm getting the aroma even as I'm looking at it;-).