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Om Nom.

The logic of buying enough spices to last several lifetimes has now made itself apparent.

On attempting to think of what to have for tea tonight, I went through the freezer and discovered therein a bag of frozen prawns. Having bought a new curry book from The Works the other day, I had a look for recipes involving prawns and discovered the below, which I shall now recreate for anyone else having a 'must-use-up-sundry-ingredients-in-my-kitchen' crisis...

Prawn and Potato Curry

To serve 2

Ingredients

(These are slightly altered where I had stuff missing, but for the most part are the same.)

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 tin tomatoes with the juice mostly drained (it was meant to be 1.5 chopped tomatoes, hence the change)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (meant to be paste)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
4 oz prawns (shelled and deveined if they're fresh)
1 large potato, chopped
125ml hot water
1/2 tsp amchoor / mango powder (supposed to be lemon juice, apparently you can use amchoor as a substitute)
Salt

PLUS

Enough rice for 2 people, cooked as per your usual way and timings.

Also supposed to have 2.5g of chopped coriander leaves but I'd run out. Never mind.

Method

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until browned.

Add the tomatoes, garlic and spices and sauté for 4-5 minutes. At this point it smelled AMAZING.

Add the remaining ingredients, stir well, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Okay, I may have had my pan too hot for the last stage because it took ages for the potatoes to cook, and after the first 10 minutes or so the sauce was almost completely dry. I kept on adding water and continued simmering just to ensure the potatoes were soft. All in all I think it was going for about 45 minutes, oh well. Next time I might parboil the potatoes first...

Anyway, when served with brown rice in a balti bowl, it looked like this:-



(Sorry for the blurriness, my phone's camera is a bit temperamental.) It tasted very nice, I can assure you. You can't see the prawns very well in the picture because they were Iceland prawns and therefore tiny, and also so covered in gravy that they vanished anyway...

Another one for the repertoire, anyway. :D

Now that Paul is finally home we can watch The Inbetweeners and then I think an early night is in order. I have a vat of chilli con carne to make tomorrow, in addition to ensure the majority of the flat looks presentable - more on that later...

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