Sunday, 15 January 2012

Recipe - Squashed Squash with Prawns

As I write this I'm lying in bed revelling in how much an iPhone facilitates my laziness. Yesterday I went to a hippie meditation class where we had to complete 10 phrases beginning 'I am'. My third one I completed with 'lazy'. The next bit of the exercise which I definitely didn't get was crossing out the word and registering your reaction. The teacher (who was decked out all in purple) didn't understand that there was little to no chance of me cutting out the indolence and replacing it with peace, love and harmony. The class was still fun despite being of little utility. My plan to hold onto the calm that 2012 began with and not go crazy for finals is do lots of new stuff that I before would've rolled my eyes at even if I don't take it all strictly seriously. Like in Friends when Ross gets the leather trousers! Continuing on the 'eat pray love' theme, I plan to cook lots more vegetables with turmeric. But I'm not turning veggie or anything, like I said, I'm doing new stuff but not necessarily buying into it all. Oh, I'm also gonna start going to all the lectures I've missed (all of them since first week of first year no exaggeration) so I don't fail my degree.
Squashed Squash with Prawns
2 medium onions, sliced finely
2 dried red chillies
1 green finger chilli, sliced
1 pack raw peeled prawns
Chilli powder
Ground coriander
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bitesize pieces
1 small squash, peeled, seeds and membrane discarded, cut into bitesize cubes

Fry half the onion in one saucepan on a low heat in about 1 tbsp vegetable oil until very soft but not browned.
Add about 3/4 tbsp each of turmeric, coriander and chilli powder and stir into a paste. Add more oil if necessary.
Cook for a minute then add the prawns and potatoes, season and fry for a further minute, coating in spices.
Add 4 tbsp water, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.
For a further 5 minutes, uncover and let the mixture dry out on a higher heat.
Meanwhile, fry the other half of the onion and the dried red chillies in a similar amount of vegetable oil.
Add 1/2 tbsp each of chilli powder and turmeric.
Add the squash, season and fry for a minute.
Add enough water to half cover the mixture and simmer and stir on a medium heat until the squash disintegrates to a mush, about 40 minutes.
At the very end, add the prawns and fresh green chilli and heat the mixture through together.

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