Monday, February 4, 2013

The Invention Test with Prawn Bharta

I love Masterchef. In all forms, age groups, formats and versions. In fact the Indian format comes across as very endearing (albeit a little melodramatic at times!). Maybe because I am Indian and I love melodrama myself. Or maybe I have exaggerated emotion overflow (I really don't know whether the term exists but you get the point). Well anyway, coming back. One thing that I really like there is the Invention Test. This is where a box of ingredients (sometimes with odd combinations) is given to each of the contestants, which they then transform into something truly magical. This one really pushes you to the edge and brings out the true innovator in you.

I have had quite a few inventions up my sleeve, some of which have often questioned my ability to cook. Or the lack of it. This delightful, super spicy Prawn Bharta is incidentally one of the better ones. 

Prawn Bharta (Ground prawns cooked in a spicy red chilli paste)

100 gms medium sized prawns

1 onion (1/2 onion finely chopped + 1/2 onion ground to a paste along with 3-4 garlic cloves.)
1 heaped tsp of red chilli paste/ sambal (reduce if you want it less spicy)
1/2 red chilli powder
1/2 tsp tomato ketchup (optional)
1/2 turmeric
1/2 tsp Chopped coriander

Here's How:
Grind the prawns to a paste. Heat oil in a pan. Add the onion + garlic paste and saute.Then add the chopped onion and sauté till a little browned. Add red chilli paste/sambal, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, ketchup(optional) and fry the masala. Then add the ground prawns. Stir till the prawns begin to get a little opaque. Finish with coriander. Serve with piping hot rice. 

1 comment:

Suchi said...

Grt job keep it up!!!! gele khawash :-)



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