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Konju Masala

Cuisine: Indian
Type: Fish
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

16   Tiger prawns
3 tablespoons 45mlCoconut oil
300   Onions - chopped
10   Ginger - julienne
4   Green chiles - slit and julienne
15   Ginger paste - strained
15   Garlic paste - strained
400   Tomatoes - chopped
45   Kokum
15   Coriander powder
12   Chile powder
1 teaspoon 5mlTurmeric powder
24   Curry leaves
  Salt to taste
1/2 cup 118mlThick coconut milk

Recipe Instructions

SHELL the prawns but retain the tails, devein, wash and pat dry. Soak kokum in enough lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Drain and discard the water, and cut the kokum into small cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions over medium heat until translucent and glossy. Add ginger and green chiles, saute until the onions are light golden. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and stir until the moisture evaporates. Mix coriander powder, chile powder and turmeric powder in 1/4 cup water to a paste and add to the pan. Stir-fry until the moisture evaporates. Add tomatoes and kokum and stir well. Add two cups water and salt. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until reduced to half its quantity. Add the prawns and bring to a boil. Lower the heat. Add curry leaves and simmer for four minutes. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the coconut milk. Return the pan to heat and simmer for two to three minutes. Remove from heat and adjust the seasoning

Serve hot with steamed rice.

Laxmi Hiremath writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 6/92


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