Donnerstag, 4. August 2011

Something quick: sweet and hot prawns with pasta

Today it is hot and humid. I did'nt want to stay at the stove for more than a few minutes. So I decided to cook something easy.

You don't need much ingredients and it is done in a blink

5 small fruited tomatoes (just something from the garden)
1 garlic glove, peeled
1 knob ginger, peeled
6 thai basil leaves
1 green chilli
1 red chilli
1 small sweet red pepper
1 small red onion
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon soysauce (more to taste)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or another soft vinegar)
1 dash Nam Plah (Thai fish sauce)
400 g tiger prawns, precooked and peeled
salt to taste

Mince garlic and ginger. Dice red pepper in very small cubes, half or quarter tomatoes. Dice onion in very small cubes. Slice chillies in thin slices.
Heat a little oil in the pan and roast red pepper, garlic, ginger, onion, chillies until onions become translucent, add sugar and let the sugar melt and caramelize a bit.

Add vinegar, soysauce and tomatoes. Stir fry until tomatoes are soft.

Add the rinsed prawns and heat them - but only until they are warmed. Don't cook or they will become dry. Add nam plah and salt to taste or a little soysauce.
I used ready to eat extra large prawns, sold frozen, very convinient for a quick meal (defrost in microwave or a little hot water). If possible, use fresh, prawns and stir fry them first.

Toss with pasta (300 g dry Spaghetti cooked in salted water for 3 people).

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