Our memories behind shrimps:
I and my 2 younger brothers (NA & RA) were always fond of shrimps. Each time my mom cooks it, we have a fight, and “who will get more shrimps". My mother used to be very careful, so that each one of us gets equal share. Younger one, RA used to count his shrimps and ensures with us, if we got the same number. I and NA used to hide inside rice, if we get one or two extra, fearing that he will complain against this ;) to our mom.
My mom used to cook baby shrimps, every time she does, she tells us a story that, "millions of baby shrimps can turn a ship ‘upside-down’, it has got so much strength, so we should not leave even one". My brothers, NA and RA will start their fights, after eating it, I will be the judge (always ;)) to see who is stronger. When RA cannot take the beatings, he used to hide behind me saying that, NA had eaten more, that's why he has more strenghth. He went and fought with mom, that she has given more to NA;) Childhood days are too good, we had no worries, no sorrows, no pains, now .... NA is no more in this world, but still having his "unforgettable and everlasting memories".............
When I saw about ‘Memories event’ by Jeena, I wanted to write something about NA. I was late by a day, but Jeena wholeheartedly extended a day for me. Thank you so much Jeena!!!
When Jil Jil made her Baby shrimps dish, she gave me, to taste it. It was amazing and my hubby too liked it and ... I started cooking baby shrimps. Will try her recipe too, once I buy drumstick leaves ;)
This recipe was my mom's, she used to cook like this:
Potatoes - 3, medium sized
Baby shrimps (Chena kuni) - 1 cup, (Fresh or dry ones - I used dry ones)
Onions - 1, medium sized, chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 2, cut into pieces
Curry leaves - few
Chilli powder - 3/4 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seed powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/s teaspoon
Coriander leaves - few, chopped
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Boil 2 cups of water. Switch off the flame and add little salt and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Add baby shrimps and close it with a lid. Allow it like that for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel skin of potatoes, wash them and cut into small cubes.
After 30 minutes, wash baby shrimps nicely for 6-7 times, since it will have fine sand. Drain water and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, once it is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it to splitter. Add green chillies, curry leaves, onions and fry until onions are pale.
Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell goes off. Add cubed potatoes to it with chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds powder. Mix them well and cook it closed for 5 minutes.
Then add baby shrimps and cook them for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are cooked nicely. (Usually when we close the lid, vapours will form water, that is sufficient for them to cook, if required, sprinkle very little)
Add salt to it and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chappathi.
Cooking time - 30 minutes
Serves 3-4 persons.
Shreya of Ammascooking tagged me .... I have already done this in my other blog, and wanted to highlight it again :)
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