Today in the evening I watched a fascinating programme about piranhas on Animal Planet. Jeremy Wade, the dare devil wild life adventurer ventured into unfolding the truth behind the stories of deadly piranhas and their murderous streak. I was amazed at the way Jeremy calling himself frequently a 'human guinea pig' took peril on his life by jumping into the Amazon River brimming with piranhas and came out unscathed and alive. My heart skipped a few beats when he alighted into the swimming pool amid hungry piranhas awaiting a prey. To read more on this, please go through the following article: Deadly Piranha
Coming to the recipe now, these jumbo prawns in the picture were really huge in size. My husband first bought such jumbo prawns when in Pune I, a newly wed bride without any basic knowledge of cooking didn't know what to do with them. I remember me and my hubby spending the entire afternoon trying to prepare a prawn curry with decent taste, but the turnout was somewhat poor with uncooked spices. Nevertheless, we were very happy and relished the dish without qualms.
Thankfully, I am well past those amateurish cooking disasters, and now can prepare any dish without goofing up.
Ingredients: Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
2 Jumbo Prawns
1 onion (ground to a fine paste)
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
3/4 cup of curd
Few curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
4-5 green chillies (ground to a paste)
1 tsp black mustard seeds
Salt to taste
White oil for cooking
1) Rub salt and turmeric powder on prawns and lightly fry them in smoking hot oil.
2) Into the same oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves and allow them to crackle. (Unless you allow mustard seeds to sputter, it would add a bitter taste to the curry.)
3) Add onion and green chilli paste. Sauté till onions turn translucent.
4) Add ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Sauté.
5) Add curd and water to bring the gravy to desired consistency.
6) Add the prawns. Cook covered on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle garam masala powder on top. Check the seasoning and turn off the heat.
7) Serve hot with rice or pilaf.