Weekend fun…

by Sunita on November 17, 2008

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! We had a busy Saturday and a laid back Sunday…not bad, eh?

The kids have been craving for some prawns for quite a while now. You see , Dinesh is allergic to shellfish and I do like prawns, but not much enough to miss it. But, that’s not fair on the kids though, is it? So, now and then, I make it for them to enjoy.

Yesterday, I promised Rengoni and Agastya that if they finished their jobs quickly, (namely homework) they would get to help me in preparing some prawns, which I was planning to bake for them. Time passed, and the li’l guy decided it was time for him to throw a bit of tantrum. Both me and Dinesh did not humour him at all. But, I just kept on readying the things for the prawns, making sure he saw it and mentioning every now and then to Rengoni that she needed to go and wash her hands quickly if she wanted to help. Through the corner of my eye, I saw the change of expression in Agastya’s face…his face lit up, and at the same time there was a bit of despair. I know how much he loves doing these sort of things, and he must have felt that he needed to mend his ways, and quickly, if he wanted to join in. The whining stopped as soon as he saw Rengoni starting to help me in readying the bowls. His hands were washed, and he was by our side in record time, his ego thoroughly deflated. I didn’t say anything ( although couldn’t help smiling to myself), but continued as if nothing had happened. No point in adding further salt to injury:-)

I had decided to make a very simple appetiser for them. Just mix the prawns with some spices and seasoning, arrange them on cocktail sticks and bake. Both Rengoni and Agastya loved helping to ready them for the oven; especially, arranging the prawns on the cocktail sticks, and trying to outdo the other at the same time. I quite love the whole experience of cooking with the kids…yes, a little more mess to clean up, but the fun is definitely worth it.

Here’s how we made the following prawn bites-

What’s needed-

2 C of cooked prawns
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies(more or less)
1/2 tsp oil
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tap plain yogurt
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Rub the prawns with the rest of the ingredients, cover and keep aside for about an hour.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C. Line and grease well a baking tray.
  3. Arrange the prawns on cocktail sticks( about 4 on each) and lay them on the prepared tray.
  4. Place the tray on the top rack of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure to turn them frequently.They go from nicely browned to burnt in no time, so watch them like a hawk.
  5. Serve hot with some salad.

That’s it! These are really easy to make, and quick too. I used cooked prawns and I am assuming fresh ones would need to be marinated a bit longer, and may take a few more minutes to bake as well.

The pictures were taken in quite a hurry, as two eager kids were literally breathing down my neck. They were soon devouring the fruits of their labour. We had two very, very happy kids in our house yesterday, and there was no sign of any whining anywhere ;-)

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mishmash ! November 17, 2008 at 1:18 pm

what a fun and creative presentation!!


2 Happy cook November 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm

The looks absloutley delicious and a wonderful way for making kids help in the kitchen.


3 nicisme November 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm

That last photo is so beautiful! Great way to get the kids involved.


4 Srivalli November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm

how lovely sunita…its great when kids enjoy right…nice to see such beautiful dish!..btw header looks lovely too!


5 Divya Vikram November 17, 2008 at 7:25 pm

They look too pretty!


6 Soma November 17, 2008 at 7:32 pm

:-D Sounding very much like mine:-)

Lovely pics inspite of the hurry, and with them looking so good, i am sure any one would be in a hurry.


7 Priya November 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Looks fabulous…lovely creativity n awesome presentation..


8 Ivy November 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm

They look so crunchy and delicious. No wonder why the kids love them!


9 Jo November 18, 2008 at 12:33 am

Great idea for cocktail tidbits or if you’re having a finger food party!


10 Mrs Erg├╝l November 18, 2008 at 1:37 am

Wow how lovely! I have guests this Friday and I’m thinking of what to cook!


11 lisaiscooking November 18, 2008 at 2:02 am

These look so great, and the spices sound delicious!


12 Rachel November 18, 2008 at 3:13 am

I am not surprised as to why the kids devoured them….I sure would have loved som e too.


13 Nirmala November 18, 2008 at 4:27 am

What a lovely picture ? The styling is absolutely wonderful Sunita! Yeah cooking with kids is real fun and I need wait for my lil girl grow up some more as of now she’s hesitatnt to step into the kitchen! How much every urgent she’ll stand near the door and call me and wouldn’t enter in :) Thats so sweet of Agastya!


14 Kitchen Flavours November 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

Simple and yummylicious recipe.


15 Gabriel November 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Very nice. I have also a site for recipes for cooking. See. I love your recipes. I am from the Slovak Republic. Be translated through Google translate http://www.irecepty.com


16 Ramya November 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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17 Cynthia November 19, 2008 at 12:36 am

Sounds like you and the kids had great fun.


18 Rosa's Yummy Yums November 19, 2008 at 7:59 am

A great idea for a starter! Those shrimps look gorgeous!




19 Lorraine E November 19, 2008 at 9:32 am

Wow, very creative styling Sunita! And I love the colours too :)


20 sunita November 19, 2008 at 10:42 am


This was really fun…and the prawns did taste quite nice..and yes,it is a nice finger food.

Thank you.


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