Shrimp Roast

Shrimp, the gem of the ocean…

I am an ardent shrimp lover and I can have it everyday without getting tired of it. I still remember how I used to request the lady who used to sell fish to us to bring fresh shrimp for me and she had never failed to do so. I always felt sad for her as she walked barefoot to each and every house till she sold all the fishes in her basket. Yet, she loved her job and always had a smile on her face. What a strong women! My most favorite way of cooking shrimp is by frying it. Whenever my mom got really large shrimp, she used to fry it and I used to get very selfish trying to eat it all by myself ūüėõ

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. I had a very hectic week as I wasn’t feeling well the whole week, so I had been waiting for the week to end somehow. Yesterday was my last day as a teaching assistant, I can’t believe it has come to an end so fast. I had enjoyed TAing so much, had a wonderful experience ¬†interacting with such lively and enthusiastic students and talking about chemistry. As I taught them, I learned more from them as well. For me, academic field is so addictive and inspiring. A place where you always feel energetic and where youthness prevails. Wish I could stay there forever, sigh.

It’s no secret that during weekends I sleep like crazy in the¬†morning. In the morning, under the comforter is the most coziest place in this whole world for me. Whoever tries to mess up with my coziness would get hurt real bad. This morning was quite unusual for me as I didn’t wake up to my husbands usual question “what’s for breakfast, honey”. I am glad that finally someone is back to senses. After having a light breakfast, I skyped with my parents and my sis. My adorable¬†niece¬†now talks much clearly and she’s the one who picks up the call. It’s so cute how she says “ello” and then she goes on blabbering non-stop. I had met her when she was 6 months old and now she has turned 2, unbelievable! As we skype often and see each other through web cam, she recognizes me so well. Wonder, what she must be thinking about me? Definitely not as her aunt, may be as a computer lady who blabbers non-stop as well, lol. After the chat, I felt so homesick and the lousy weather made it even more worse. In such instances, I automatically enter the kitchen with high spirit and cook some dishes that my mom makes often. Doing so, I feel the presence of my family right beside me. I made a simple vegetarian lunch that my mom makes on days when she feels not so enthusiastic. Made coconut curry, beetroot thoran and red rice, served these along with pickle. I ate a lot and felt much better after lunch.

I know I should blabber less and focus on the recipe. Fried shrimp is without a doubt tasty but not that healthy if you make shrimp often. So to make it healthy, I often make this shrimp roast. After cooking the shrimp, I stir fry it till it turns slightly caramelized, this way it tastes more like fried shrimp.

Shrimp Roast

Ingredients

To marinate shrimp:

  • Shrimp, deveined/de-shelled- 20, large
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- to taste

For cooking:

  • Oil- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 3/4 tsp
  • Red dry chili- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped small- 2
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste

Instruction

  • Marinate the shrimp with the above mentioned ingredients “to marinate shrimp” and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  • Add cumin seeds and dry red chilies, saute for a second.
  • Add curry leaves and saute for a second.
  • Add onion, little salt and saute till onions turn translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions, saute till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add shrimp and cook covered till shrimp has turned tender.
  • Uncover and cook on high heat till all the water has dried off.
  • Stir fry and let the shrimp and onions turn slightly caramelized or golden brown in color.
  • At the end drizzle lemon juice, combine well and stir fry for a minute.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with rice, chapati, poori, roti or as a side dish.

 

Shrimp Roast
 
Ingredients
To marinate shrimp
  • Shrimp, deveined/de-shelled- 20, large
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Garam masala- ¾ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
For cooking
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- ¾ tsp
  • Red dry chili- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped small- 2
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
Instructions
  1. Marinate the shrimp with the above mentioned ingredients "to marinate shrimp" and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  4. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilies, saute for a second.
  5. Add curry leaves and saute for a second.
  6. Add onion, little salt and saute till onions turn translucent.
  7. Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions, saute till the raw smell goes away.
  8. Add shrimp and cook covered till shrimp has turned tender.
  9. Uncover and cook on high heat till all the water has dried off.
  10. Stir fry and let the shrimp and onions turn slightly caramelized or golden brown in color.
  11. At the end drizzle lemon juice, combine well and stir fry for a minute.
  12. Remove from the heat and serve with rice, chapati, poori, roti or as a side dish.

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