February 14, 2006

Era mita aka sweet prawns

Era mita aka sweet prawns

Prawns – ½ kg; shelled, deveined, and thoroughly cleaned
Coconut – 1/4th of a fresh coconut
Coriander seeds or powder – 1 tablespoon
Green chillies – 4, medium size, medium hot
Cloves – 4
Cinnamon sticks – 2 one-inch long sticks
Cardamoms – 2
Onions – 2, medium size, finely chopped
Lemon – 1, fresh, large, sour, strain the juice
Oil+ghee – 1+1 teaspoons
Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
Salt – ½ teaspoon or adjusted to taste
Hot water – 2 cupfuls

Method: Grind the green chillies, coconut scrapings, and coriander powder to a smooth and thick paste. Heat a flat-bottomed vessel and puor in the oil/ghee mix. When it becomes smoking hot, add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole cardamoms all together and follow with onions. Fry till the onion edges turn brown here and there, then add the masala paste, salt, and turmeric powder. Fry for a minute. Add the prawns and mix it well with the masala. Pour 2 cupfuls of hot water over the prawns or sufficient to just cover the prawns. Cover and cook over moderate heat till the prawns are cooked well and the gravy is thickish. Add the lemon juice just before removing from the fire. Serve hot. Enjoy!



Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wanted to try this recipe, however i do not want to use the coconut.Can i substitute this with something else.

Blogger Meenal Mehta said...

hey Vkn ,

havent seen u around for a while .

why are these prawns called sweet?does the coconut add the sweetness?


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