Iral-Peerkankai Masala. Iral-Peerkankai Thokku. Iral Masala. Prawn Masala.
Nothing fancy today(as tho’ it used to be everyday, huh?), okay okay usual simple food, alright. Well, the picture didnt turn out perfect(I know, as always)but you got to give me some credit for trying this recipe! I made this Iral Masala Thokku during my last vacation (Home-India). It sure makes a lot of difference to use fresh prawns than the frozen ones(and that too cooked!!). Anyhow…coming to ridgegourd, its been ages I have seen this vegetable, so when I was in India, just made use of all the possible native(?)vegetables. And pairing with shrimps is totally upto you,…I can never put any vegetable’ in my mouth unless it looks or smells like fish/meat:( Too bad, spoiled to the core.
Just skip the shrimps part, thats all.
Shrimps 1/4 kilo
Ridge gourd 1 large chopped finely
Green chilies 3 chopped
Onion chopped 1 cup
Ginger 1″ grated
Garlic 2 minced
Tomato 1 optional
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Asafoetida 1 pinch(optional)
Curry leaves few
Sesame oil few spoons.
In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the spices and wait till they pop.
Followed by chilies, ginger, garlic, onion and tomato. Fry real good, add shrimps and fry briefly.
Add the chopped vegetables, salt, turmeric and chili powders. Cover and cook over low-medium heat…till they are done and tender.
Remove from heat and serve to go with your steamed rice or rotis. It can be treated a side dish as well.