Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chilli garlic shrimp (Indian-chinese style)


CATERGORY: Chinese Main dish
So I love shrimp (or prawns as they are called in India) and my favorite is when it is prepared in the "indian-style chinese" which by the way is totally different from the chinese here. The indian style chinese fried rice for example is fluffier and lighter with fresh carrots, beans. At some point I will be making that too. But for now, its the Chilli garlic shrimp. I describe this preparation as very typical of what you might get at a chinese restaurant in Mumbai.

Ingredients
Shrimp- 20-25
Garlic(chopped) - 2 tsp
Ginger(chopped) - 2 tsp
Onion 1/2 chopped fine
Soy sauce - 2 tsp
Veg stock - 1/2 to 3/4 cup (or use water with soup cube)
Green chillies - 2 chopped
Flour - 1/2 tbsp
Egg - 1
For thickening (Corn flour 1 tbsp + Water - 1/2 cup. Mix)
Black bean paste - 1/2 tsp
1 red or green bell pepper (aka capsicum)
Canola or vegetable oil to deep fry shrimp
Spring onion(chopped) for garnishing


1)Marinate the prawns with salt and pepper and keep it aside for 20-30 mins
2)Beat 1 egg in a bowl and add flour. Whisk. Pour this mixture into shrimp and mix (It will be liquidy)
3)Deep fry prawns till golden brown and keep it aside
4)Heat oil in a wok. Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, green chillies and saute
5)Add 2 - 3 tsp soy sauce and veg stock.
6)When the stock boils, add fried prawns
7)Mix corn flour with 1/2 cup of water and add to the gravy. This is for thickening.
8)Add a pinch of sugar and 1/2 tsp of black bean sauce. A little more soy sauce may be needed per your taste.
9) Red or green bell pepper is optional and goes well
13)Add chopped spring onion as garnish

And 'voila', the Chilli garlic shrimp is ready for enjoying. Serve with steam rice or with light noodles (example woon sen or glass noodles).

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