I recently went on holiday to Egypt and tried some King Prawns fried in a Chickpea batter infused with Indian spices. It was the best batter I have ever tasted and since being home, I have been perfecting the recipe!
Ingredients (Serves 2 as a starter)
6. Uncooked King Prawns
1/2 tspn Garam Masala
1/2 tspn Ground Coriander
1/2 tspn Chilli Powder
1/2 tspn Turmeric
1 cup Chickpea Flour (also known as Gram Flour)
120ml Cold Water
1 cup of Plain Flour
Oil for Frying (if using a deep pan, would suggest 3cm of oil)
Pinch of Sea Salt for Seasoning
1 red chilli, sliced thinly length ways for Garnishing
Fresh Coriander Leaf for Garnishing
Put the Gram Flour, spices and salt into a mixing bowl and mix together. Slowly add the water, a bit at a time, and mix until it becomes a smooth batter.
Meanwhile, put the Plain Flour into a separate bowl and lightly coat each prawn. This will allow for the batter to stick to the prawns.
Heat the oil in a pan until it reaches 190c. If you don’t have a thermometer you can put a little bit of the batter into the oil and if it starts to sizzle and crisp up, you know its ready.
Take the prawns from the Plain Flour and coat generously in the batter. Slowly lower the the prawns into the oil and fry for 4-5mins or until they look golden brown in colour. Once cooked, remove the prawns from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on some kitchen towel.
Arrange the prawns on a plate with the sliced chilli and fresh coriander. Tip: they taste great with Sweet Chilli Dip! Enjoy!