Soba noodles are made with buckwheat and whole wheat. Definitely healthier than regular noodles. I came across Nigella Lawson’s recipe that called for soba noodles on my Twitter feed and figured I must try something out with soba noodles. Luckily, the grocer near home stocks all kinds of imported products and he had soba and udon noodles as well. You can also find it on Amazon. There’s no real distinct taste these noodles have, but I can say they’re less starchy and don’t feel heavy on the tummy.
Gurgaon is the last place one should eat seafood at. But the heart wants what the heart wants. A hankering for prawns and a browse at the frozen section later I got myself a pack of frozen jumbo prawns. I didn’t want to make something elaborate. I’m all about quick meals these days. I just marinated them with some spices and pan grilled them for a couple of minutes – and BAM! quick and delicious plate of dinner was ready.
Jumbo prawns – 250 grams or a packet
Chilli garlic paste – 1 tbsp OR 1 tsp garlic paste and 1 tsp chilli powder
Mint – 1 tsp finely chopped
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Honey – just a dash
Salt – to taste
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Marinate the prawns in the chilli garlic paste with mint, honey, salt and turmeric for about an hour.
Heat olive oil and grill these beauties for a couple of minutes on each side (or even less).
Take 1/2 a tub of plain yoghurt (or Greek), add some chopped coriander, mint and dill along with 1/2 tsp of garlic chilli paste or some chilli powder.
Prawn curry, masala fry, garlic butter prawns – I didn’t want to make any of these. I scouted the internet for inspiration. Yes. I stumbled on Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Szechwan Sweet and Sour Prawns. This was plan A. Then I digressed. Rather, got lazy.
Prawns – 200 gms
Red bell peppers – 2 large
Garlic – 4 pods
Dried red chilli – 1
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Brown sugar (or white) – 1 tsp
Olive ooil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnish
1. Roast the bell peppers in hot olive oil on a sauce pan.
2. Once you see it soften and with char marks, take it off the heat and let it cool.
3. In the same pan, throw in the garlic pods and take them off once fragrant.
4. Cut the peppers into medium size pieces and put them in a blender along with the garlic, ginger and chilli.
5. Blend it enough to make a puree.
6. Tip the bell pepper puree mix into the sauce pan with salt, tip the prawns in and let them cook for 3 – 4 mins.
7. In the meanwhile mix the soy, vinegar and sugar in a bowl.
8. Add the soy mix into the prawns and cook for another 2 mins.
9. Take off heat and garnish with fresh coriander.