My friend Adela came over the other day with a huge tray of boiled prawns and a bottle of wine!
These are typical spanish style prawns which are peeled and eaten on its own. They are boiled right and are really succulent.
Its a delicacy here…unfortunately in my home we dont eat too many of them in this style. The spanish can go on and on eating with a glass of beer or wine.
If you have been to Spain these prawns are on every menucard in most tapas bars!!
Anyways…what could i do with soo many prawns which were boiled? The first thing that came to my mind was a prawn cocktail. So i made that and there were soo many remaining that i served some just peeled with a sweety chilli sauce dip.
I had just too many so i decided to make some prawn cutlets….
1 cup of boiled, shelled prawns, drained well
1 cup of boiled, mashed potatoes
1/4 onion chopped fine
green chillies and coriander leaves chopped fine
1 teaspoon of Nitu Didi Garam masala
a squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 to 1 cup of breadcrumbs as needed
Mix the mashed potatoes with all the ingredients except the breadcrumbs. Put the prawns in a food processor and blend (i used my amazing bullet)
mix it into the potato mixture. Add half a cup of breadcrumbs first to the mixture. If the mixture is too soggy add a bit more. Try not to add too much breadcrumbs but just enough so you can bind the dough and shape it into small round flat cutlets. Heat oil for deep frying and try frying a small piece first..if it doesnt break or split you have got it right. If it does add a bit more of breadcrumbs. Deep fry and serve hot with sweet chilli dip
TO MAKE SWEET CHILLI DIP:
I made two types… i took sweet chilli sauce and added some chopped green chillies and coriander to it.
The second type i took sweet chilli sauce and added some chilli pickle to it
My family loved both!!
To make the prawns spanish style just buy fresh prawns and cook in boiling water for 3 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Peel and eat..thats the way the spanish do it 🙂
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