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 Tandoori King Prawn Recipe

Tandoori Prawns
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It's unlikely that you have a tandoor at home but our recipe will produce tandoori style prawns by cooking at a high heat.
We cooked this recipe in a pan but it is equally good cooked with skewers over a hot barbecue.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  10 mins  Cooking Time:  6 to 8 minutes
 How Difficult Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

4 starters

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients for Tandoori Prawns

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INGREDIENTS
Ingredients

Imperial

Metric

Prawns (see Cook's Notes below), shelled and deveined 8 oz 227 grams
Plain yoghurt 4 tablespoons
Butter (salted or unsalted) 2 oz 55 gram
Garlic cloves 2
Garam masala teaspoon
Fresh ginger 3cm (1 in) cube
Ground turmeric Good pinch
Salt and pepper to taste -
Lemon juice From 1 medium lemon
Yellow food colouring 2 teaspoons
Red food colouring 1 teaspoon

Cook's Notes
The prawns can marinate in the refrigerator over night if you want to prepare this recipe in advance. The longer marinating will improve the flavour.

Our recipe calls for King Prawns but other types of prawns or shrimps can used instead. The bigger the prawn / shrimp the longer the cooking time.

The cooking time for prawns depends on a few factors. Fresh prawns should be shelled, deveined and cooked for around six to eight minutes.

Frozen prawns are often pre cooked and ready for eating. In this case, they should be defrosted in the refrigerator and then cooked for about 2 minutes. Just enough to warm them through. They can be defrosted while they are in the marinade.

The basic rule is read the packet if you are using frozen prawns. It will have clear instructions on defrosting and cooking times.

Two interesting facts about prawns: they have ten legs; they live for four years, the first three as male and in the last year they change into females!

Special Equipment
Large frying pan or pan

Preparation
Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves.
Peel and finely grate the ginger.

Method
Add all the ingredients, except the butter and prawns, to a bowl. Mix this together well with a fork.
Add the prawns and stir them in gently. Cover and leave the prawns to marinate for at least 45 minutes.
Remove the prawns from the marinade.

Tandoori Prawn marinade

 
Tandoori Prawns cooking Place a largish pan on a medium high heat and put the butter in the pan. When the butter has melted add the marinade liquid but not the prawns. Stir frequently and cook for three minutes. Add the prawns. If they are frozen pre-cooked then cook for a further 2 minutes. If fresh prawns, cook for 6 minutes.

 
This prawn dish is designed to be served as a starter. Remove the prawns with a slotted spoon and serve in a small dish on a bed of lettuce with lemon slices at either end.


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