Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quickie Nyonya Style Sambal Prawn with Cucumber - A Recipe for Buka Puasa

I tried cooking sambal (chili with fermented shrimp paste) without blending or pounding the ingredients to save some time. I just cut the main ingredients like onions, galangal(lengkuas) and lemongrass (serai). The sambal udang (prawn) with cucumber dish turned out quite well when cooked this way although I did not use buah keras (candle nut). So, I am sharing this simple quickie recipe with my Muslim  friends who are fasting (puasa) during the Ramadhan month.

Ingredients
Prawns, 300 gms, remove shell
Cucumber, 1 pc, remove seeds & cut into bite size (I used Japanese cucumber which is crunchier)
Chili powder, 2 tablespoons (less if you do not want it to be spicy)
Galangal, 1"x1"x1", cut into thick slices
Onion, 1 large, cut small
Serai (lemongrass),  2 stalks, smashed
Belachan (fermented shrimp paste), 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Dried Prawns, 1 tablespoon, fried until crispy
Tamarind juice from, 1 tablespoon of tamarind

Heat up wok and put in some vegetable oil. Saute onions, serai and galangal until fragrant. Put in the chilly powder and belachan. Add tamarind juice, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and add in the prawns. Fry for a short while or until the prawns are cooked. Add cucumber and crispy dried prawns. Serve while still hot. Best eaten with Nasi Lemak.

Selamat Berbuka Puasa!

17 comments:

PFx said...

Lovely recipe Pete! I don't think you'd need the candlenut. It's just awesome as it is!

yummylittlecooks said...

This short cut recipe looks nice!

BigAppleNosh said...

Yum, this looks so delicious, and easy too!

Small Kucing said...

wa...love this...alamak...no prawns...have to korek fridge see got what meat to put in

foongpc said...

Wow! Looks and sounds yummy! : )

Christine said...

looks healthy and delicious!

suituapui said...

Don't like cooked cucumber. Take away its "coolness". Would rather ulam...

[SK] said...

oh i like this, especially with the cucumbers added in, sure taste a lot better!!

yvonne said...

Ooo... use chilli powder instead of pounded chilli. It sounds much hassle-free. Interesting, will try it out some day :D

yvonne said...

Err... by the way, do we need to add some water before adding the prawns? If no, would the gravy be a tad thick?

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I loves sambal, but never cook myself before...

wenn said...

I love it!

Sheoh Yan said...

Yummy lo! I would like to add petai. Can ah?

Bananazஇ said...

Love the prawns and cool cucumber. Ho liao.

Elle Audrey Marie said...

It sound so Delish Pete, do you have a bitter melon recipe?

Pete said...

Yvonne : I didn't add water because the tamarind juice got water liao...

Sheoh Yan : Can add petai. I didn't add petai because my kids don't take it....lol!

Elle : Haven't tried cooking bitter melon

Umihoney said...

Thanks for sharing Pete.It's awesome.

Have a great week ahead

Umi

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