Friday, May 18, 2012

Stir Fried Prawns in Chilli Garlic Soy Sauce

It's been days I have not eaten Chinese. On my birthday this year we ordered a takeaway from a popular Chinese chain here. We soon rued our decision at the first mouthful. The gravy in the chicken curry was plain syrup. In a manner of speaking, it was 'disgusting.' I didn't wish to have a birthday dinner end up in discarding foods, so painfully I nibbled all that was on my plate. My hubby doesn't make much hue and cry over taste as being grown up in hostel has accustomed him to anything tasting bland or repulsive. So it's out of his nature to turn up nose at any food. But he too carefully avoided the gravy plucking only the meatballs afloat in the syrup and got done and dusted with his meal.

Talking about Chinese cuisine, the Chinese food that is available in India conform to the Indian taste bud. So they appeal to our palate. But the ones available here are cooked in accordance with the taste bud of the people living here. So it's little different in taste. I guess the Chinese food that we are used to eating in India is different in taste in China too. So you see you cannot ignore the cross-cultural influence.

Anyway, enough lecture on Chinese food. It's time to share one amazing stir fried prawn recipe that I cooked in the fashion of Chinese cuisine. Hope you all will like it. Happy feasting!

Ingredients:                                               Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
ü  300 gm prawns
ü  1 egg, beaten
ü  4 tbsp cornflour
ü  30 gm yellow bell pepper (cut into square shapes)
ü  30 gm red bell pepper (cut into square shapes)
ü  30 gm green bell pepper (cut into square shapes)
ü  4-5 garlic cloves (chopped)
ü  1 1/2 inch ginger (chopped)
ü  6 dry red chillies (deseeded, chopped)
ü  10 ml light soy sauce
ü  1 tsp black pepper powder
ü  Salt to taste
ü  Peanut oil for cooking
1) In a mixing bowl, toss the prawns in 2 tbsp of corn flour and beaten egg. Keep them aside for few minutes.
2) Then heat the oil and deep fry the prawns. Take them off the flame and set aside.
3) In another pan, heat oil and oil reaches a smoking point, add ginger and garlic. Shallow fry them. When they become golden brown in color, add chopped dry red chillies and soy sauce. Stir in to mix.
4) Add about 1/4 cup of water and all the bell peppers. Turn the heat to low and cook covered till bell peppers are cooked.
5) Then slide in the fried prawns, add salt and black pepper powder and cook for few minutes more. To thicken the gravy, mix 2 tbsp of corn flour in a bit of water. Be careful that no lump is formed. Pour this corn flour water into the pan. Simmer away for 1 minute.
6) Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.

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