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Szechwan Prawns

 

 

J is not a big fan of Chinese cuisine. Hence, I usually avoid preparing them when he is around. Today was one of those days. J had mentioned that he won’t be joining us for lunch or dinner. So I went ahead and prepared fried rice and Szechwan Prawns, after a long gap. We had just finished our lunch when J called up and informed that he was on his way home. I was a bit apprehensive while serving food to him. But my joy knew no bounds when he asked for a second helping. Yipppee !!! Little pleasures of life…Doing the happy dance 🙂

Szechwan Prawns

J is not a big fan of Chinese cuisine. Hence, I usually avoid preparing them when he is around. Today was one of those days. J had mentioned that he won't be joining us for lunch or dinner. So I went ahead and prepared fried rice and Szechwan Prawns, after a long gap. We had just finished our lunch

Ingredients
  

  • 400 gms Prawns
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper powder powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Spring onion Chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic - heaped
  • 3 green chillies Slit
  • 1 teaspoon Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 1 cup Water - (+ 2 tablespoons)

For the Szechwan Paste

  • 5 - 6 chillies Whole dried Red
  • 1 Ginger "
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions
 

  • For the Szechwan Paste` . `
  • Soak the chillies in warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Take them off the water and grind them along with ginger, garlic, vinegar and salt into a fine paste.
  • Soak the chillies in warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Keep aside
  • Take them off the water and grind them along with ginger, garlic, vinegar and salt into a fine paste.
  • Keep aside
  • Use only as much as you require.
  • The remaining portion can be used for any other recipe that calls for the same ingredients.
  • For the Gravy
  • Marinate the prawns with salt and pepper powder. Keep aside for about 10 minutes or more.
  • Heat a pan on medium high heat.
  • When hot, pour oil. When the oil is hot, add the prawns and stir fry till they turn pink in colour and curl up.
  • Transfer the prawns to a plate. Keep aside.
  • Take a pan and pour a tablespoon of oil.
  • When hot, add the spring onion, garlic and green chillies.
  • Stir for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the szechuan paste and chilli powder (if using).
  • Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the szechuan paste and chilli powder (if using).
  • Add the soy sauce and ketchup and stir.
  • Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the prawns and mix well.
  • Add the soy sauce and ketchup and stir.
  • Add water and give a stir and adjust the seasoning.
  • Add the prawns and mix well.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Meanwhile mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • When the gravy starts to boil, add the cornflour mixture and mix well.
  • When the gravy starts to thicken, switch off heat.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl .
  • Garnish with chopped spring onion.
  • Serve hot

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