Prawns-(shelled,deveined and washed)-250gms(I used the bigger variety)
Cleaning the prawns:
To remove the veins u need to draw a line on the back portion of the each prawn with a blade or kitchen knife and then lift the black thread like vein that is visible)--cleaning is messy but it's very important because u'l upset ur tummy if you cook it with the veins....
Capsicum-1no chopped into big chunks
Onion-1no(chopped into chunks)
Spring onion-cut the green part for garnishing and keep little for sauting with the onions(I didn't use as it was not available this time)
Onion bulbs from the spring onion-chop roughly for sauting
Green chillies-4(cut into thin strips)
Tomato Sauce-2tsp(this will give a sweet taste)optional-kids would love this
Red chilly paste-1tsp(Soak 1/2 cup red chillies in hot water till it cools and then grind with some salt and vinegar).you can store this paste in the freezer and it's handy.
Oil-2tsp(for frying prawns)(sesame oil is better)
Oil-3tsp(for manchurian sauce)
Salt to taste
1.Make a paste of all the above marinade ingredients and coat it in the prawns and keep in the refrigerator 2 or 3 hours.
2.Take a shallow non-stick pan and pour 2tsp oil and shallow fry the prawns till cooked this takes about 5-10 minutes...DONT OVERCOOK...it'l become tough..
For the sauce:
1.Now u'l have the remaining marinade add 1/4 cup water and mix it and keep aside.
2.Heat the same shallow frying pan with 3tsp oil and add the ginger garlic and fry for a few minutes followed by soya sauce,red chilli paste and tomato sauce(if using) and saute for 2mins
3.Add the marinade mixture and bring to a boil till it's thick add the cut spring onions and onions and capsicum and saute for 2minutes.
4.Add the fried prawns and saute till everything is mixed in the sauce and serve garnished with the spring onion..
5.Goes well with fried rice,noodles,or any Indian breads....Enjoy!
Note: I've not used MSG because my daughter loves this dish and it's better to avoid it...