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Fiery Dried Prawns Sambal


Adventures is what most of us like to do, but when it comes to food adventure – #foodventure, as a food blogger I like it to the core. Now I can hear all your mind voice that I am going to share my #foodventure – a great platform for everyone and a boon for the one who gets the opportunity to be featured and dine with Michelin Star Chef. Vikas Khanna and Food Connossieur. Vir Sanghvi.

This is my 4th #foodventure – UNCOMMON FOOD. When it comes to uncommon food, what would I prefer being born and brought up in Tuticorin (south Tamil Nadu), coastal area familiar for fish, salt and port. Yes, it’s going to be a seafood, thought of trying maasi (Maldives Dry fish) but I am out of stock at home (Bangalore), so thought of trying Dried Prawns which I use to get every time I visit my hometown or my mom gets whenever she comes to visit me.

When it comes to UNCOMMON FOOD – I googled and found out countable recipes with this dried prawns, but I decided to try something different from all these. There stuck the idea for Sambal – a typical hot sauce made from a mixture of variety of chili as a primary ingredient and the other as secondary ingredients which I had in Malaysia.

As a result here comes my Fiery Dried Prawns Sambal – I was little worried when I start preparing whether the kids would like because of the chilies. But my kids liked it to the core, I made a sandwich for them, I and my hubby had it with Dosa. But my kids liked it a lot and also tired it with dosa. My daughter told, “This being a perfect non-veg substitute for idly chili powder”, happy to hear it. Let me share the recipe…


  • Dried Prawns – ¾ cup
  • Pearl onions – ¼ kg
  • Garlic – 8 cloves
  • Red chilies – 12 nos
  • Vinegar – 1 ½ tsp
  • Coconut oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Blackgram – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the dried prawns in a bowl of water for 15 mins (there may be sand particles in the prawns), take out the prawns and pour the water (you can see the sand particles deposited in the bottom).
  • Soak the red chilies in water for 15 mins, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Peel the onions and garlic. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a tsp of coconut oil in a pan, add in the onions, garlic and cook until they turn golden brown. Transfer it to a plate.
  • Add in the dried prawns along with a tsp of oil and cook for 3 mins. Transfer it to the onions plate and wait until it comes to the room temperature.
  • Take all the together along with the red chilies and grind to a fine paste by adding ¼ cup of water and 2 tsp of oil.
  • Heat the leftover oil in the pan, add in the mustard, split black gram and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  • Pour in the grounded paste to the tawa and pour in the vinegar, add salt if required.
  • Cook on medium flame by stirring continuously, else it would be burnt.
  • Cook until the colour of the sambal changes to dark red or until the oil separates and gets along the sides and top of the sambal.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot. This goes out well with idly, dosa, chapathi for breakfast or dinner and with steamed rice and a dollop of sesame oil or with any variety rice for lunch.

Note: You can also prepare this in large quantity, bring it to room temperature and refrigerate them in an air tight container for almost a month. Don’t reduce the amount of oil, the right amount of oil brings out the right color, texture and flavor.

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My Foodventure – Will it make my dream come true?


Whenever I get free time, I use to spend most of the time in browsing something (sites). Today when I got some free time, I thought of surfing my own site (www.madraasi.com) and found few of my recipes very interesting and innovative.

Let me share few things about how my Nungu Payasam / Ice-Apple Kheer came to existence. I tried out Yelaneer Payasam/Tender coconut Kheer at home and my kids loved the taste of it and so I thought of trying out Ice-Apple/Nungu in Tamil, and let me share the other names Taad, taal, toddy palm and so on.

Nungu Payasam / Ice Apple Kheer

Nungu Payasam / Ice Apple Kheer

Short Description of Nungu Payasam/Ice-Apple Kheer: I have boiled the milk with sugar and ½ tsp of cardamom powder. Bring it to room temperature. Later blend the flesh of Ice-Apple (preferably hard ones) along with a cup of milk and 5 to 6 pieces of soaked cashew nuts to a fine paste. Later mix this grounded paste along with ½ litre of boiled milk (should be at room temperature else the milk will be curdled), temper few pieces of cashew nuts and raisins in ghee/clarified butter and pour it to the milk, give a stir and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Do check out this link for step by step pictorial recipe: https://madraasi.com/2015/04/08/nungu-payasam-ice-apple-payasam-palm-fruit-kheer/.

Beyond my expectation this Ice-Apple Kheer came out very well, usually my son never consumes Ice-Apple but in the form of Kheer, he loved it. As a mother, I am well satisfied as the kids consumed Ice-Apple and as a Recipe developer, I am glad that my Kheer had a good response among kids.

Only when I surfed my site, I could recognize the adventure that I have gone through food. Proud to be a foodie, a food blogger and a recipe developer.

Not only me, but I hope everyone will have your own adventure with food as we cook daily. Now here is a golden opportunity for each and every one to share your own food adventures which is conducted by AXIS BANK – DINING DELIGHTS as #Foodventures.

I am die hard fan of Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna, hope to meet him at least once in my lifetime and the foodventure helped me move towards my dream.

Moreover the person with the best adventure has a chance to feature in a video with Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna and Food Connoisseur Vir Sanghvi. So why wait? Start sharing your adventures at #Foodventures.

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