Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sweet Potato, Cannellini Beans and Prawn Masala

Masala is a term used in the Indian community which mean a mixture of spices. There are many different versions of making your own masala, with different spices that you can add and remove and you can pretty much use any meat/seafood product or make it a vegetarian dish.

This is my version of Sweet Potato, Cannellini Beans and Prawns Masala which is absolutely delightful with steamed white rice or tortillas/nan/chapati breads. The sweet potatoes gives a perfect contrast to the juicy prawns in a spicy masala and the cannellini beans gives just that fuller taste to the dish bringing it all together; you have to try this!

All you need is:
1 sweet potato - diced and marinated in turmeric and salt
few tablespoon of oil
250g raw prawns - cleaned
1 can of Cannellini Beans
1 red onion - diced
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (add more if you like it spicy)
1 teaspoon garam masala (a spice mix that can be bought in most grocers)
1 bay leave (use curry leaves if you have it)
salt and pepper to taste
Coriander - chopped

1) Heat pan up to medium high, add oil, fry the sweet potato till 3/4 cooked. Remove and set aside
2) In the same oil, add onion,garlic and bay leave and stir fry for 1 minute
3) Add mustard seeds, cumin and prawns. stir another 1 minute.
4) Add chili powder, garam masala and cannellini beans. Then add in the sweet potatoes. Remember to add a few tablespoons of water of its too dry.
5) Salt and pepper to taste, add coriander and serve.

Now try this, get yourself some tortillas, 1 scoop of this sweet potato masala, 1 scoop of yogurt, a squeeze of lime juice, wrap it and eat it! Simples ( :


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