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Prawns In Spicy Coconut Sauce

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Occasion: Any   Total servings: 4
Cuisine: Pakistani   Calories:
Effort: Easy   Pre-Prep time:
Best for: All   Preperation time: 40-45 min
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Prawns In Spicy Coconut Sauce recipe by Nazia Nazar at DesiRecipes.com.
Zesty Prawns cooked in spicy coconut sauce. Best serve with white rice.


Ingredients
14 oz Canned coconut milk
8 Dried, red chilli peppers whole
2 ts Cumin seedsClick to find more about Cumin seeds
2 ts Coriander seedsClick to find more about Coriander seeds
1 ts TurmericClick to find more about Turmeric
1 tb Grated fresh gingerClick to find more about ginger
6 GarlicClick to find more about Garlic cloves, minced
5 tb Peanut oil
1 lg OnionClick to find more about Onion, thinly sliced
SaltClick to find more about Salt
1 lb Prawns, shelled, deveined


Preparation
Do yourself a favor and use canned coconut milk in this recipe. It's a lot easier and probably better than what you would produce using a fresh coconut. Process the grated fresh coconut or the desiccated coconut with 3 1/2 cups hot water in a food processor. Drape a piece of folded cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the coconut mixture into the cheesecloth. Strain the liquid, squeezing the pulp to extract as much milk as possible. This is thick coconut milk; set aside.

Pour 2 1/2 cups hot water over the coconut in the cheesecloth and squeeze to extract more milk into another bowl. This second extract is thin coconut milk. Set aside.

If you are using canned coconut milk, skip this step and proceed with the recipe. Grind the chile peppers, cumin and coriander seedsClick to find more about coriander seeds in a spice grinder and set aside. Process the thick coconut milk (or canned coconut milk) with the ground spices, turmericClick to find more about turmeric, gingerClick to find more about ginger and garlicClick to find more about garlic; set aside. Heat the oil in a heavy, shallow pan. Add the onions and cook until the edges begin to turn almost reddish brown (about 15 minutes), stirring frequently. Add the coconutspice mixture and cook until the liquid evaporates and oil separates from the paste. Cook this paste for 10 more minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the reserved thin coconut milk (or 2 cups water, if you have used canned coconut milk) and let simmer until reduced to a creamy sauce. Add saltClick to find more about salt to taste.

Stir the prawns into the sauce and cook a few minutes until the prawns are just cooked. (Be careful not to overcook). Serve with steamed rice.

Grated fresh coconut: Pierce the eyes of a fresh coconut and drain off the liquid. Put the coconut in a preheated 375 F oven for 20 minutes.
Break it open with a hammer and separate the meat from the hard shell in large pieces.
Break the pieces into smaller ones and, using a vegetable peeler, peel the brown skin off the meat.
Grate the coconut meat in a food processor.



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