Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shrimp 65 /Prawns 65

I don't entertain much this space with Non-vegetarian items. Though, we eat the chicken family (including egg) weekly once. But when it comes to seafood, I rarely cook - if you are regular reader you should know the reason. I am the sole seafood lover in my home and sheer laziness prevent cooking just for myself. I usually keep a frozen deveined shrimps packet in my freezer and whenever I crave some, just throw in my Ramen. That is it! Sounds not complicated right, try it with some mint ,coriander leaves and dash of chili sauce at the end, you have and hearty meal. Ok, this post is not about the soup, is an attempt to make eat shrimps to my son. Yes, seafood is disgusting, stinking even declared as bug to his mom. I don't know where he learnt about those poor shrimps. As the chicken 65 are vanished from his plate - I swept the chicken to shrimps one day. They were totally soft and juicy but he refused to touch probably I scared him - once grown up we cannot sneak anymore to the kids :(  But hey, that was a total feast for the mom who doesn't have to share a single piece :)

Shrimp 65/ prawns 65

Tip how to prevent curling the shrimp:
If you want to keep the shrimp straight while deep frying or for the tempura. Give a slit in few places at the bottom side (tummy). Next keep the tummy side down and slightly press with fingers the upper side (deveined side), give little pressure too much will break the shrimp. Clean and trim the tail from dirt.
Have a look to my slideshow!

I have done the slits just for 2 or 3 shrimps, who cares  the presentation when the food is tasty.

Shrimp 65/ prawns 65



  • Shrimps/prawns: 20 counts ( deveined but with tail )
  • Kashmiri Chilli powder: 1 tsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 1/2 tsp of them each
  • Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp (less or more for your taste)
  • Corn starch : 2 tbsp - (+1 tbsp reserve it if needed- depend
    the moisture of shrimp)
  • Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Red food coloring : a pinch

To Deep fry
Oil: enough to deep fry

How to clean :

As the shrimps were deveined I trimmed a bit the tail and I  added
1 tsp of turmeric and rinsed in water twice. Squeeze out the water or
pat dry the shrimp, make some incision (if you don't want to curl the shrimps). Look above my post for how..

 How to marinate:

Take the cleaned and dry shrimps- add all the ingredients
(with 2 tbsp of  corn starch) . Marinate
at least 15 minutes in fridge.


  1. Heat oil - the oil should be hot , check the marinated
    shrimps, if it is still wet , sprinkle the 1 tbsp or more corn starch. The shrimp doesn't have to be fully coated!
  2. Drop a small batch in hot oil carefully and cook just 2 minutes per side . Drain in paper towel.

Note: if the shrimp is soggy and not crispy outside, the
heat is low- hot oil is key.

 Do not over crowd the
that will make the shrimp sucks oil too.

Enjoy alone as an appetizer or even with tea , could be used
in tacos, salad but again I am  sure
there will be no leftover for those options!

 For more tips: how to prevent curling the shrimp in oil read the post in my blog


Sumi said...

I can just have the whole plate right now, looks so delcious. My family is quite oppsite of yours when seafood is concerned, But my hubby doesnt prefer shrimp due to the cholestral level in the shrimp. But When I grave some I throw some in my egg fried rice:)

Poornima Nair said...

I wouldn't mind if no one wanted to have this, more to myself! Looks prefect and delicious!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy! love it...
I love the shrimps curled up!

Aarthi said...

awesome fry

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

More the better !! Looks so yummy and flavorful !!

notyet100 said...

I tried chicken 65 from ur space,luved it .this one looks delicious too,.

hemalata said...

Yummy prawn 65,looks so tempting n love the presentation.

rekhas kitchen said...

Wow cham that looks so perfectly fried and beautiful color very tempting...

maha said...

wow..loved it.thanx 4 sharing this..vl try this sure 4 my hub..........

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks so appetising and nice tip to avoid curling up

Poonam Borkar said...

looks super tempting!!

Recipeswap said...

Drool drool