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It has been a really long time since I cooked something nice. The kids wanted to eat non vegetarian and since I had prawns at home decided to try out a new recipe. Flavorsofmumbai.com had an easy recipe, though there were a couple of ingredients that I did not have I still made it and it was quite tasty!

This is what you’ll need

For the paste

Onions: 3

Dry red chillies: 3

Kashmiri red chillies: 5

Coriander seeds: 1 1/2tbsp

Cumin seeds: 1tsp

Shajeera (caraway seeds): 1tsp

Fennel seeds: 1tsp

Cloves: 3

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Green cardamom: 5

Black cardamom: 1

Bay leaf: 1

Peppercorns: 7-8

Star anise: 1

Poppy seeds: 1tbsp

For marination

Prawns: 300gms

Ginger garlic paste

Vinegar: 1tbsp

Salt to taste

For the masala

Amchur (dry mango powder): 1tsp

Lemon juice: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1tsp

Sugar: 2tsp

Mint leaves or coriander leaves: To garnish

Oil: 3tbsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Wash, clean and devein the prawns.

2. Marinate the prawns with ingredients listed under marination for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Peel the onions and boil them along with the dry and kashmiri red chillies for around 5-7 minutes. Cool roughly chope the onions and keep aside.

4. Heat 1tbsp of oil and roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, shajeera, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, green, black cardamoms, peppercorns, star anise and poppy seeds until they are fragrant.

5. Grind this along with the onions and chillies to a smooth paste, adding little water if needed.

6. Heat oil in the same pan that you roasted the dry ingredients. Add the ground paste and fry for a minute. Add half a glass of water, cover and cook on a low flame for around 8 minutes until the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan.

7. Add the amchur, turmeric powder, sugar and fry again.

8. Add the marinated prawns and let it cook until the prawns are well coated and cooked.

9. Check salt and add the lemon juice.

10. Garnish with mint or coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or phulkas.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

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