Prawns in chilli sauce

Prawns in chilli sauce

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From
Reza’s Indian Spice
Serves
4

This recipe is a classic Goan dish, combining that state’s essential use of vinegar with a spectrum of spices. You probably already have these spices in your cupboards... go and have a look now, I’m sure they’ll be there! If you prefer not to use vinegar, you can substitute a little more lemon or lime juice as a souring agent.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the prawns

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 lemon or lime, juiced
salt
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1kg medium raw prawns, peeled and deveined
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 garlic cloves, crushed or grated
2 onions, finely chopped
6-8 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

For the spice paste

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 cloves
1 x 2.5cm cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom pods, seeds
1 bay leaf
6 whole dried chillies
2.5cm piece of root ginger, grated
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1-2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, plus more if needed

Method

  1. Rub the lemon juice, salt, chilli powder and turmeric into the prawns and leave for a few minutes to marinate.
  2. Blend all the ingredients for the spice paste in a blender or liquidiser until very smooth. (Add a little more vinegar if necessary, instead of water, to give a smooth consistency.) Remove and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a wide pan, add the garlic and onions and cook until the onions begin to change colour. Add the spice paste and stir-fry for a few minutes until the paste has mellowed out. Now add the tomatoes and tomato purée and cook for a further four or five minutes, until they have thoroughly incorporated into the sauce. It should be a thick coating consistency, but thin it out with water if it’s too thick for you.
  4. Finally add the prawns and cook until just pink and cooked through. Adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with the chopped coriander and serve.
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