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.