Sunday 17 July 2011

Sunday Samples My Spicy Gambas Prawns with Lemon Yoghurt Sauce and Rice

We grew up spending all our summers in West Cork where we were a stones throw away from the sea. Being this close to free sea food and fish we always availed of all the we could get. Going out on my Granddad's boat to catch fresh Mackerel, trawling through the low tides to catch ourselves some flatfish and going on searches for Mussels, clams and periwinkles started my love for all sea food and through the years my love has grown. This method is literally a throw everything in a pot and hope for something delicious. The first time I tried it I was trying to recreate a dish that I love from an Istanbul restaurant in a local food court, which is divine but is made with kebab meat, which isn't the best for you. The sauce however is gorgeous so I wanted to make something like it myself. I couldn't believe it when I tasted the final product, not really like the Istanbul place but oh so yummy.

You will need
2 Gambas Prawns Per Person
An Onion
2 Large Cloves of Garlic
Fresh chilli's, amount depending on personal taste ( We like it HOTTT so we use a full Scotch Bonnet Chili)
5 Heaped Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt (You can use low fat yogurt if you want, I just prefer the taste of Greek Yogurt)
A lemon/lime
A tin of chopped Tomatoes
A Tablespoon of Tomato Puree

Chop your onion, garlic and chili

Amazing Gambas Prawns which need to have the shells removed

Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

Your Spices needed

Place your onions, garlic and chili
in blender with Tomatoes

Add the spoon of tomato puree

Once blended place in hot pan and allow to simmer

Take your prawns, slice down the center by the black vein and wash out

Place washed prawns in tomato sauce and allow to cook
for a couple of minutes on a low heat

Prawns are ready to be turned over when they start to lose
the translucent look and curl inwards

This is what they look like once they are cooked
 Prawns are delicious when cooked properly. They should only need about 3/4 minutes either side. When they are over cooked they can taste quite rubbery.

Take your Greek yogurt

Add the juice of a lemon
 Place the yogurt, lemon and some fresh parsley or coriander leaf all in the blender and mix together

Place a cup of rice on your plate add your prawn sauce and serve with some sliced lettuce. Pour your yogurt sauce over the top and Enjoy!

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