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-
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
- Rub the prawns with the rest of the ingredients, cover and keep aside for about an hour.
- Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C. Line and grease well a baking tray.
- Arrange the prawns on cocktail sticks( about 4 on each) and lay them on the prepared tray.
- 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.
- 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