Thursday, 29 April 2010

Chilli Garlic Prawns


Recently we went on an amazing Scotland trip for few days where we visited many places in and around Scotland and tried different cuisine on all days. One among them was a Thai lunch from a Thai restaurant near the Edinburgh Castle called ‘Thai Orchid’. I vaguely remember when I had Thai food before that. At Thai Orchid, we ordered a platter of starters to start with, which included chicken satay with peanut butter dip, Thai omelettes, Thai samosas, and deep fried prawns wrapped in wonton wraps, along with three other dips. They all had certain names in Thai language which I would never remember any ways. For the mains we ordered a seafood Pad thai, chicken Red curry and coconut rice. And Boy, it was finger licking good. The only negative point that I could point out was the amount of oil that was added to each dish.

If you have never eaten Thai, I strongly recommend you should. I have tried creating it at home, but cheated on it using ready-made curry paste. I would try to post the recipe when I try the authentic way rather than the cheat’s way. Thai dishes uses coconut milk immensely in their dishes and it has slight resemblance in taste to our Kerala dishes. Thai dishes are very aromatic as well due to the use of different flavours like lemon grass, galangal, Kaffir limes leaves, basil, Shrimp paste and most importantly fish sauce and coconut milk. I really got hooked to Thai cuisine ever since I had it from Edinburgh and badly wanted to recreate it at home. So started for researching on the net for Thai recipes, came up with many recipes from many sources and Finally I planned to make Thai red curry. When I went over the ingredient list, there were many ingredients that were not at home. Went to the supermarket and found that they dint have many either. So I thought I would cheat on the recipe for the time being by using a ready-made curry paste. So brought home a readymade Thai red curry paste and made a delicious meal consisting of a simple chicken red curry, Thai coconut rice and these Garlic prawns that I posted today. It was really easy to prepare all the dishes. I also tried garlic stir fried in red curry paste which was amazing too. You can find many of Thai cuisines at http://www.tan-kitchen.com/. I was always looking forward to make red curry paste at home, but it never worked until now. May be in future I would be trying it. And you too can create amazing Thai flavours at home.


I also bought a really good book on Chinese-Thai-Indian cuisines and can’t wait to try the dishes out. If you are in the UK, and you have W.H.Smith nearby, Go and grab this Asian book on deal: 400 recipes WOK & STIR FRY. RRP was £14.99 and now down to £2.99. I guess they are clearing them off. It was £5 before that when I purchased a similar book on cake decoration book. The book is really a chunky one and has 512 pages which also includes step by step preparation and pictorial representation of each dish. Below is how the book:


400 Wok and Stir-Fry Recipes: Discover The Delights And Simplicity Of Successful Stir-Fry Cooking With Sensational Classic And Modern Wok Dishes For Every Meal And Every Occasion

Ok, stories apart, when coming to todays recipe, Chilli garlic prawns, as the name indicates is a very simple garlic dish packed with garlicky flavour with a kick from the chilli heat. I prepared these as a side to go with Coconut rice and red curry. The flavour was very good but I guess it will only pair with Thai – Chinese dishes. It went well with Thai coconut rice. This can also be served along side noodles and fried rice.

Chilli Garlic Prawns

Ingredients:

250g cleaned Prawns
5 large garlic cloves
4 whole Dried Kashmiri chilli (Reduce if you are using a Hot chilli)
1-2 Tablespoons butter/Vegetable oil
Salt- as required

Preparation:

1. Heat a sauce pan and add butter. When melted, add chopped dries chillies and garlic and sauté till garlic goes soft.

2. Add prawns and required amount of salt; Cook for around 10 minutes or until done. This dish will pair well with noodles, fried rice etc..

Note: Too much of cooking will make the prawns hard, so check in between and if the prawns turn juicy and soft, that should be done. Cooking time may depend on the heat and medium of saucepan used.

23 comments:

Suhaina said...

oh my god. super duper shot. the dish looks super delicious. i love prawns very much.
Hope to see many more posts from that book of yours.

Sushma Mallya said...

wow just for 2.99...thats great shabs, then its really worth buying one...will buy this then,even i love chinese food so this surely will help me out in trying many new recipes...and what a beautiful presentation shabs,looks very tempting and so easy too,not many ingredients also...

An Open Book said...

oh it looks gorgeous..u know what..try and find a chinese cash adn carry or grocery store and they will most probably have most of these items..also i rem seeing kafir leaves an all in the asian section at Sainsbury's..so mayb if ur lucky ul find what u need over there..
do post the the coconut rice recipe when possible

miri goes phishing! said...

Looks heavenly Shabs....i'm sure it must have tasted awesome too...infact i did see a coconut rice recipe (south indian style on a blog today) would love to see the diff btwn the indian version n' the thai version...:D...this book looks really good...400 recipes? look fwd to seeing a lot more thai dishes from u soon....:)

Priti said...

Such a beautiful dish and so simple recipe...wow...looks so damn gud...bookmarked it

Life is beautiful!!! said...

The picture looks perfect :) Hope you enjoyed the trip and after reading ur post I would love to try Thai cuisine.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

That is insanely good! Love the garlic shrimps!

PranisKitchen said...

hello shabs..thai food is one of our favorite.the wraps pad thai green/red curries all are delicious dish...
the chili garlic prawns looks so delicious.hope u will try many more recipes and share that with us..
thanks for the thaicuisine site info..

divya said...

Such a beautiful dish and so simple recipe...wow...looks so damn gud...bookmarked it

Pavithra said...

Looks so refreshing with ur eyecatchy shots... I always love this flavors in the dish.. yummy the look.

MaryMoh said...

I love prawns very much. These just look so delicious!

Yummy Team said...

What a perfect picture, Shabs!! It looks so inviting..

Faiza Ali said...

Tempting dish Shabs...I never bring prawns into my house coz my husband is allergic to prawns :( And by the way I had seen this book when I had bought that cake book . It has many delicious recipes right?Its for 2.99 now? wow!!
And you are right, these books are very bulky and thats why I don't want buy anymore...coz when I will be leaving it will be a problem :( but 2.99 for a 14.99 book is a very good price.

Gulmohar said...

Yummylicious platter Shabs..My hubby would finish this off in seconds..lol..
Saw your comment on bread. Yes, I too have tried with half the amount of butter and oil. But it gets harder after a day :( Maybe it's too dry here unlike in UK where you have more humidity.

Nitks said...

I love prawns.. they look sooo yummyyyy....... I ve tried pad thai noodles.. Yet to try the rest.. thanks for sharing this recipe..

Priya said...

Slurpp,makes me hungry..Tempting chilli prawns..

Kairali sisters said...

Hey Shabs...Great clicks..yummy recipes...Happily following you...
Good wishes from us...

Love
Kairali sisters

Nostalgia said...

Lovely clicks...and a great recipe!

shahana said...

Sounds really easy Shabs.Thanks for sharing dear!

Nadji said...

Ton plat semble délicieux.
j'aime beaucoup.
A bientôt.

Jhonny walker said...

Hi Shabs!

I am new to your blog. And what a great post on my very first visit. I love Thai food. Love prawns and this looks like a winner..all--the--wayyyy

Amazing how we keep findingthe best culinary experience in Thai food. I have to agree they do know how to capture our sensations with these super fragrant dishes :)

I will be back for more...

:)
JW

Shabs.. said...

Thanks a bunch to all for sharing your thoughts and encouraging words.,,,i surely will be trying out recipes in the book and share here with you all...

meeso said...

These look good... Thai food is a favorite of mine :)

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