Sweet and Sour Prawns

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Sweet and Sour Prawns

Do you tend to point YOUR finger at others? What???!!!   Ok… Ok… I see your finger at me for an answer.  Well, let me be honest here.. though I’m not proud of it, I tend to do it at times. Should I make an excuse for it saying, “I’m just a human” or “I’ll just leave at it”.

Anyways, do you remember this post where I mentioned about “freezing” things? That post actually came back and started to haunt me. No I didnt cook any curry and freeze it for god-forbidden-days. But I bought some prawns and kept it in freezer for safe custody and completely forgot about it. Back from India, I was just checking the freezer and saw this packet. From that day onwards, I’ve this little voice in my head going at frequent intervals about”freezing things?!”. Finally I got into action the other day and cooked Sweet and Sour Prawns.
Unlike my usual practice of wondering what to make, I already knew what to do with this batch of prawns. Jose was complaining for a long time, that I tend to make only traditional dishes. He wanted me to make something like chilli prawns. I bookmarked this recipe from Nita Mehta’s Thai Cooking for The Indian Kitchen. Honestly I’m not a big fan of fruits in my curry. But remember I’m trying hard to expand my little kingdom, so sweet and sour, here we come!

You can use the same recipe to make with chicken/pork/fish. I’ll mention the method in the Notes section. About the recipe.. well it was something new to me and I actually didnt mind a few pieces of pineapple in my curry. The flavours were well balanced and it paired well with fried rice.

Step by Step Pictures…

Heat oil and add garlic. Fry till it becomes brown. Add sliced onion. Cover and cook till it becomes soft, no need to become brown…

Step 1

Add prawns and the vegetables. Fry for 3-4 mins or till they are crunchy tender. Add all seasonings/sauces. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5 mins on low flame…

Step 2 Dissolve cornflour in 1/2 cup water and add to the curry. Cook for 5 mins…

Step 3

Add cubed pineapple and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins…

Step 4

Sweet and Sour Prawns/Chicken/Fish/Pork
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Thai/Chinese
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Prawns – 300 gm (measured after cleaning)
  • Grated/crushed garlic – 2 tsp
  • Onion – 1 medium-big, sliced
  • Vinegar – 2tbsp
  • Fish sauce – 2 tbsp (refer notes for substitute)
  • Soya sauce – ½ tsp
  • Tomato – 1 medium, sliced
  • Capsicum – 1 small-medium, sliced
  • Salad cucumber – 1 medium, sliced lengthwise
  • Cornflour – 2½ tsp
  • Tomato ketchup/sauce – 4-5 tbsp
  • Sugar – ½-1 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Tinned pineapple – 3-4 rings, cut into cubes
  • Spring onion – for garnishing
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oil and add garlic. Fry till it becomes brown. Add sliced onion. Cover and cook till it becomes soft, no need to become brown. Add prawns and the vegetables. Fry for 3-4 mins or till they are crunchy tender. Add all seasonings/sauces and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5 mins on low flame.
  2. Dissolve cornflour in ½ cup water and add to the curry. Cook for 5 mins. Add cubed pineapple and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins.
  3. Garnish with chopped spring onion. Serve with steamed/boiled white rice or fried rice.
Notes
To make chicken or pork: Add chicken (cut into small pieces) or pork (thinly sliced) along with onion. Cover and cook on low heat till chicken/pork is tender. Then follow the rest of the recipe as mentioned above. To make fish, follow the same procedure as prawns. The original recipe doesnt use chilli powder and soya sauce. So you can omit it if you want. Fish sauce substitute: combination of 2 parts soy sauce and 1 part lime juice (please note that I havent tried this, but it’s recommended in some sites) Please be careful while adding salt, since the fish sauce and soya sauce already has salt in it.

 

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  • disqus_CnDVdjedgU

    Hi Maria,I always wondered how to make sweet and sour dishes…Will definitely try this one.. Thanx dear for this useful post. God Bless.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome :) Hope you got to try this one and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • disqus_wefjrZJVcu

    can we use oyster sause as fish sause

  • disqus_wefjrZJVcu

    can we use oyster sause as fish sause

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      I havent tried it, so I’m not sure :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      I havent tried it, so I’m not sure :(

  • disqus_ZcjWSNvkPD

    Thank u Maria… At last u came out with something with pork…

  • Anu

    Hi maria.. how much time is acqqtuallly required for cooking prawns?

  • Anu

    Hi maria.. how much time is acqqtuallly required for cooking prawns?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      It takes around 7-10 mins on low flame. Again, it depends on the type of prawns you are using..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      It takes around 7-10 mins on low flame. Again, it depends on the type of prawns you are using..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anu,

      It takes around 7-10 mins on low flame. Again, it depends on the type of prawns you are using..

      Cheers
      Maria