The Turquoise Scarf

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Salaam and hi everyone

It seems like ages since I’ve last blogged anything down, but here I am today..

This past week was rather awesome with only 3 working days (for me) and 5 days off because of public holidays and Easter here in South Africa.

Its also what I’ve been looking forward to so I could finally experiment and cook prawns or shrimp for the first time!

Actually I was supposed to ‘braai’ (BBQ) them but I’d forgotten to get charcoal and so settled for using the oven instead.

Both came out rather lovely!

Masala Prawns:


500g prawns (deveined)
3 tbsp masala paste (made of 4 cloves garlic, 4 red chillies, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp ground Cumin, 1tbsp ground Coriander, 3 tbsp lemon juice)
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of a lime
Juice of a lemon
Salt to taste
4 tbsp oil
3 tbsp butter (either salted or unsalted)
Sheet of baking paper/foil

I added some chopped green pepper to this when I put it in to grill ,  totally optional.

Mix all the above together except for butter, marinate for an hour in the refrigerator, and then grill in a hot oven, after dotting prawns with butter, set to 180C with a piece of foil or baking paper on top to prevent splattering oil in your oven. Total cooking time is 20 minutes but flip the prawns/shrimp at the 10 minute mark. Use the middle rack of the oven.

PS: you can adapt the masala to your taste.

Lemon & Garlic Butter Prawns:


500g prawns (deveined)
1 large garlic clove chopped finely
Lime zest
Lemon zest
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
4 Thai lime leaves, rough chop
4 tbsp oil
4 tbsp butter (either salted or unsalted)
Baking paper/foil

Marinate prawns in all the above except the butter for an hour. Dot with butter, and place baking paper/foil on top of prawns. Place in 180C oven and grill for 20 minutes.

Enjoy and do let me know how it turns out!

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3 thoughts on “My Food Challenge: Prawns

  1. That sounds like a very tasty delight for Easter, and very healthy too. I might try that out, provided I can get all the necessary ingredients. Do you have more recipes that you would like to share? I am getting tired of having the typical “American” cuisine that I grew up with every day, and I find myself looking towards other cultures besides my native American/Western European cuisines.

    I took a peak at the rest of your blog, and you have some very insightful articles in addition to this one.

    1. Thank you, I hope you do give it a try and I’m very pleased to hear that you would like more recipes. I will put up more recipes as time goes along, but if you have a special dish you’d like, please feel free to ask. I love cooking and what I’ve put up are recipes I come up with after a little experimentation.

      Do try the Lemon and Garlic Prawns with some extra butter lemon sauce which is made up of melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Its divine. serve with salad.

      I like doing a variety of articles based on events happening either in my life, around me or within the spectrum of my interests and hobbies. Otherwise things may just get a little boring if I just focus on thing.

      Have a wonderful Easter.

      1. Thank you. I am looking forward to reading more on your blog. I don’t know if you noticed yet, but I started following your blog.

        The time through me off for a moment with the time of your reply. It said 3:27 PM (wheras here my clock says it is 10:18 AM, in US Eastern Time Zone). I guess that’s the beauty of WordPress. Its a truly global movement of people sharing ideas and experiences.

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