01 January 2010

WIPGYOR series: Red is for tangy prawns curry

I started my WIPGYOR series with a Goan dish and I am ending it with one too. The traditional Goan shrimp curry I make at home is a coconut-based one. But as I said before, we use too much coconut in our food so I am always on the lookout for some interesting alternatives. Which is why I decided to try Mahek's tomato-onion based prawns masala curry. Click here to go to Mahek's blog about Goa...she has some pictures there of Goan food, beaches, temples and markets that will make any Goan nostalgic!

I tried the curry for the first time last night and must say, it came out a winner. The onions substitute very well for the coconut and lend lovely consistency to the gravy. But its the tanginess of the tomatoes that compliments the prawns flavour perfectly. Try this curry out for its simplicity, taste and spiciness!I will definitely be revisiting this recipe, sometime very soon I think :)

Here are the ingredients I used:
About 15-20 medium sized prawns, cleaned, de-veined and salted
1/2 medium sized onion blanched and pureed [Mahek had more in her recipe, but I cut down on mine for two reasons- first, I think she means two Indian onions and not the giant American ones we get here. Second, I dont like too much onion in my curry]
2 small tomatoes pureed
1 tsp tomato paste (store bought, I used it for getting the red colour)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander and a wedge of lime for garnish

- Heat oil in a pan and saute the onion puree till light brown, add ginger garlic paste and stir.
- Add the pureed tomatoes and the tomato paste and stir till oil separates
- Add all the masala’s and stir well
- Add the prawns, add a little water and let it cook till the prawns are cooked, which takes about 5 mins
- Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and a wedge of lime
I served the curry with steaming rice. N absolutely loved it!!

That's it....I can't believe I am done with the series. And with the year! It has been a amazing joyride and I have enjoyed every bit of it. The year. The blog. The marathon. The mood. The sharing. The appreciation.

Thanks everyone for joining me on this joyride. I will see you all in the next year. May peace, joy and happiness be with you and your families as you start the new year.

Best wishes,


Sheetal Kiran said...

Look at that beautiful color on that curry!! Absolutely lovely! I too like less onion in my fish and prawn curries ... especially considering the gargantuan onions we get here. I am going to try this recipe, when I buy prawns, next.

It has been so wonderful to read seven days worth of recipes on your blog! I hope to see much more of you in the coming year and swap many more recipes and stories!

Wish you a very Happy New Year, Vinaya!

Rujuta said...

Amazing photos and wonderful recipe.....
Wishing you & your Family A Very Happy & Prosperous 2010........

Linda said...

That's a lovely curry, Vinaya! And thanks for reminding me about Mahek's site -- I haven't been blog hopping in awhile and I must visit some old favs along with the new!

I've had some trouble posting comments the past few days, but I've really enjoyed your colorful marathon recipes! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010 :)

Radhika said...

That curry looks great! Wish you a very Happy New Year! Look forward to reading more of your recipes this year :)

Vinaya said...

Thanks very much Sheetal, Rujuta, Linda, Radhika! A very very happy new year to you all too :)

Aadi said...

V, I could not keep a track of the marathon since was travelling then.. but at the end i went back to all the recipes and i bet it could not have got any better..! "Just Awesome"... truly a wonderful job..! The recipes not only looked amazing but they covered everything from tangy,sweet,spicy... and even drinks... moreover, the style of writing that accompanied the recipes gave them a even more wonderful feel! Great Job, lucky N... :) i bet he not only survived but savored the marathon... ;)

NEHA said...

hii vinaya, thats a fabulous receipe without coconut,will definitely try,keep it up !!!