Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spiced Prawn Pilaf : BY BADHIGE


9 oz (250g) rice - dry weight - cooked
Boiling water
1 tablespoon curry paste
2 tablespoons oil
2 tomatoes - skinned, cored and cut into 8s
1 onion - peeled and finely sliced
8 oz (225g) frozen peas
8 oz (225g) cooked peeled prawns (shrimp0
Chopped coriander or parsley to serve


Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet - rinse and drain.

Heat the oil in a large pan.

Add the onion and fry for around 3 minutes until soft and golden.

Add the tomatoes and cook a further 5 minutes - the tomatoes need to break down into the onion.

At this point, you may need to add a few tablespoons of boiling water - just tip a bit in out of your kettle and stir round - if the mixture looks like it's drying out, add some more - if it looks OK, then keep going to the next stage.

Add the curry paste and cook for 5 minutes.

Once again, add boiling water from your kettle if you think you need to.

Add the rice and peas, stir thoroughly until they are heated through - at this point, you may need to add some more water if the mixture looks dry.

Add the prawns (shrimp) and stir again - keep stirring for 2 or 3 minutes - the water by now should have been absorbed into the sauce.

It should all be very hot prior to serving.

Tip out onto plates and scatter chopped coriander or parsley over.

It's a very simple meal to cook and very tasty.

Add some poppadoms, mango chutney, yoghurt sauce and some naan bread.

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