Here is the dish that I started making by trial and error when we were living in San Diego around 2002. I drew inspiration from several places over time. It is very simple to make.

  • Prawns, cleaned and deveined – 1 lb (~500gms) – Costco 21/25 ct works best, or anything is fine.
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  • Ground Pepper
  • Cilantro (Coriander leaves)
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Juice from half a lemon (or even less)
  • Salt – 1 tsp, or to taste
  • Vegetable Oil

First, let the shrimp soak in water with salt and turmeric for about half-hour. I got a tip from Rachel Ray’s show that soaking in the salt water makes the shrimp plump. After that, drain the water and add some chopped Cilantro (this I copied from Yahoo cafeteria chicken :))

Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder & coriander powder. Freshly grind some black pepper. Add a sprig of curry leaves. Squeeze half a (small) lemon juice and pour over a couple of tsp of oil.

Mix all the ingredients and let it marinate for about half an hour.

Fry in a shallow pan. Turn over after a couple of minutes. Keep frying it until it turns golden brown.

It is best served with thin slices of red onions & a wedge of lime. Enjoy!

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