I absolutely LOVE pastes and marinates. Anytime I find fresh chillies of any kind, I make sure I pick some up. Throw in garlic and a couple of other ingredients and you have yourself something delicious and fiery in a jar. Ideally, something like this is great as a condiment, curry base or marinade.
Some of the best foods are the simplest with just a handful of ingredients and basic skills. One such is this Chilli Garlic Prawns. You must have had it in a pub somewhere or even at a local seafood eatery. It’s as basic as pan frying prawns in some oil, chilli powder and garlic.
Disclaimer: This one’s heavily inspired by Archana Pidathala’s marinated potato curry from the book Five Morsels of Love. I’ve tweaked it and turned it into an egg curry. A golden one at that.
Before anything, I’d like to declare that Chinita’s in Bangalore serves the best Mexican food. As it is there’s severe dearth of cuisine in ur country, let alone the good kind (I’m not going to say authentic because I’ve never been to Mexico and eaten there). And please excuse me Taco Bell doesn’t count (their quesadilla isn’t the worst thing in the world though).
Badanekai Pachadi / Smoked Eggplant Yoghurt Relish
Badanekai or eggplant or brinjal or call it by any of its name was never popular at home. Not my mother’s, not mine. But a few days ago I wanted to make a nice baingan bharta. You can’t go wrong with that now, can you? But instead I did a complete 180 flip and decided to make a yoghurt based relish or as we call it, pachadi. I’ve made many kinds of pachadi before, and this kind would be a first. I had already roasted the eggplant over flame and was cooling it down. Simply mixing it with whisked yoghurt, salt and a tadka meant for a quick side dish.
Prawn Masala with Ground Prawn Heads
Prawn masala sounds familiar and comforting. The ground prawn heads sounds off? It shouldn’t. All these years of watching Masterchef Australia had to come in handy some time. I know of many Indian recipes where the entire prawn is used in curries or even fried. But only in Masterchef did I see contestants use the heads of prawns and shells of crustaceans to make bases for sauces, soups and oils. I used this trick to give my prawn masala a big prawn punch.
Stuffed Brinjal in Peanut Coconut Curry
Stuffed Brinjal in Peanut Coconut Curry sounds like it’s very similar to bagara baingan. It is very similar. Although, I stuffed the little brinjals with a dried coconut mixture, shallow fried it and then simmered in a peanut and coconut base sauce. I definitely winged this one and put up a picture on my Instagram stories. Turns out quite a few of you love your baingans and asked me for a the recipe. So, without giving you all some spiel about how lightening and inspiration struck me when I saw some peanuts in my kitchen, I’ll just tell you how I made it.
Noodle Bowl with Chicken Broth
I recently did a post of some of my favourite noodle bowls. And then I went and made another one. This one is with a chicken broth made with bones. It’s deeply chicken flavoured and light on the tummy. Originally made for when you’re under the weather because of the weather, I added noodles, a boiled egg and some chilli garlic oil because I simply can’t stop myself. It’s delicious as a soup and even better when you eat it my way.
Sticky Lotus Stem and Baby Corn with Peanuts
I’m fascinated with the lotus stem’s pattern. Can’t take my eyes off them. I’d never cooked lotus stem and baby corn before and I wasn’t even curious to. This is my first and it was good. It’s a simple stir fry of sorts. A quick wash, a quick black and a quick stir fry. I blanched it to be on the safer side so I knew it was cooked to an extent. After blanching I saw that it was slightly slimy. I washed it all off and then stir fried it in some sesame oil and garlic.
Roasted Zucchini with Veggies and Yoghurt
I love my veggies. And I love them with a nice char. For this one lunch, I roasted a whole zucchini with cherry tomatoes and then threw some leftover chickpeas and sweet corn. I then went on to drizzle it all with some EVOO and a side of garlic and coriander yoghurt. This was quite a refreshing dish. I can’t figure if it’s a salad or a side dish. I’d say, it doesn’t matter. My OTG doesn’t give anything any ‘char’. It does a good job of cooking everything though. That’s why, I had to get the char effect by roasting the zucchini on a pan. And then I popped it into the oven and cooked it for about 15 minutes.