I always have a laugh when someone complains about how difficult it is to make Indian food. Because that cannot be further from the truth. I agree that we have some very elaborate recipes that can make a grown man sweat but on the other hand, some recipes are so easy that even a child can make them.
And I always try to ensure that the food that I make after a long day at work is not complicated, that they are easy and fuss free. What I love is the fact that you can have a standard recipe and change the main ingredient to make a different dish every time.
This “Prawns masala” is one such dish. It takes less than 30 minutes to make. If you are not a Prawns lover, you can use Chicken breast, if you are not a Chicken fan you can use boiled eggs and if you are a vegetarian you can use Paneer or Tofu. Whatever you use, end of the day you will have a delicious dish to taste.
Here is the recipe: (Cooking time 25 minutes, serves 2)
250 gms Prawns clean and deveined
1 large Onion finely chopped
1 green chili finely chopped
2 Ripe Tomatoes finely chopped
2 cloves of Garlic finely chopped
Freshly chopped Coriander (and lots of it)
Salt to taste
2 tsp Vegetable oil
1 tsp Red Chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Mustard seeds
7 – 8 Curry leaves
4 – 5 pieces Kokum (You can use the juice of half a lemon if you don’t have Kokum)
Heat oil in a pan and add the Mustard seeds, Garlic & Curry leaves
Add the chopped Onion and cook till the raw smell disappears
Add the green chili & Tomato and cook till mushy
Add the Prawns, Salt, Red Chilli powder, Coriander powder & Tumeric powder and mix well
Add the Kokum and ½ cup water and cook till the prawns are done
Serve hot with lots of freshly chopped Coriander
Note: If using Lemon, add it before serving.