Friday, November 12, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Mozambique "Piri Piri Prawns"

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Well, I couldn't find Piri Piri, an african chili( also known as "African Red Devil"), to make this Mozambique sauce. Jalapeno is a good substitute for it. I have been wanting to make this ever since I saw this mentioned in an episode of "Ask Aida" in the Food Network. It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? It was spicy, but not unbearably so. And it took me less than 30 minutes to make it. How cool is that?
  • 15-20 Tiger Prawns, de-veined and shelled
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 4 Tbsp Onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Campari Tomato
  • 4 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • Olive Oil for shallow frying
  • Add the cleaned prawns to a bowl.
  • Puree all the other ingredients in a blender and pour over the prawns.
  • Marinate them for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a non stick pan and shallow-fry the marinated prawns in batches. 
  • Cook the prawns for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are turn opaque.
  • Enjoy it as is or as a side to Lime Rice.
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  1. yummy yummy all i got to say!...just pop one into ur mouth! instead clean the plate up!..

  2. U r killing me with ur clicks...very tempting and irresistible prawns..

  3. Awesome.. Recently we were in Maryland and had been to a MOzambique restaurant where i had chiken piri piri...It tatsed so good that i am sure prawns will be great too...

  4. Wow, that tastes of home.
    Africa is the source of the heat, but it was the Portuguese spirit of adventure that introduced the world the popular piri-piri sauce ♥

  5. This is incredible...just plain incredible. Piri piri sounds really cute and the recipe is out of the world. I love how African dishes have chili in them..but they are not over the top spicy :)

  6. oh my Gosh, prawns look absolutely delicious. awesome:)

  7. Prawns look absolutely mouthwatering and distinctly awesome. Love to grab a few of them and munch on them.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. That looks so amazingly yum!!! I love prawns & it has been quite sometime since i savored them.... Looking forward to relish some ASAP.... with a drool... ;)


  9. Dear Lassie
    How are you? I am suffering from blog-less days.
    I like this recipe very different..will try soon.
    I use one Piri piri sauce on prawn or chicken pasta in white sauce , which you may like, ( not my recipe)
    50 ml each of olive oil and lemon juice, add smashed 2 small piece of garlic, salt and 1 tbsp of extra hot Indian chili flakes..( for your use only ) else add those bland Italian chili flakes, shake vigorously to emulsify... keep in fridge to mature for a week or more..shake time to time..
    I like it ...( even some times I sprinkle bit on a fish fry too, crazy me)
    Have a nice weekend

  10. i can imagine how spicy it would have been...we get to buy the piri piri sauce but nothing close to the original

  11. @Ana: Thanks for the info. I didn't know this dish had portugal influence.

  12. @Kairali Sisters: Chicken Piri Piri sounds amazing!

  13. @Ushnish: Thanks for the recipe. Sounds divine.

  14. @An Open Book: Not very spicy. It was bearable.

  15. this is brilliant i would eat them right away....super spicy!


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