Tawa Cooking – Jhinga Tawa Masala (Spicy Prawns)

The tawa or tavah is a flat or slightly concave disk shape griddle mostly made of cast iron and is an essential cooking utensil in all regions of India. The household tawa found in Indian homes is smaller and mostly used to cook flat breads like roti and paratha. In southern India its is used to make delicacies like Dosa etc.    

Traditional Household Tawa


The delicacies that we are planning to cook and post in Tawa Series are traditionally not meant to be cooked in the conventional household griddle. The recommended tawa for all these delicacies is much thicker and larger (at least 24 inch diameter). The thickness prevents sticking to a larger extent. The larger surface allows to food to be moved to periphery – away from the heat of the flame.    

The Real Tawa used in eateries


We are no professional cooks with big kitchen where we can cook on such a big tawa, so we are going to try all the tawa recipes on our small 12 inch non-stick tawa. One great advantage of tawa cooking over other utensils: the cooking process is very quick and takes the least time. However, during the short time it demands constant attention of stirring to avoid the risk of burning. 

Our Tawa


What is the difference between Shrimp and Prawns? Whatever be the difference, we call both of them Jhinga in hindi and it really doesn’t matter which one you use because both of them taste the same. Just try to get the biggest size available in the market. This prawn recipe uses Ajwain, the flavor of which elevates the taste of this delicacy from ordinary curry to a gourmet’s delight. The prawns napped in Makhani gravy and the ease of preparation makes this delicacy all the more attractive.    

Jhinga Tawa Masala served with Steaming White Rice


Watch our video for the recipe of this easy prawn delicacy and please leave us your feedback/comments.    

    
Ingredients Summary    

Serves: 4; Total Time: 1 hour    

For the gravy:    

Tomato (chopped) – 450 gm or 1 lb; Ginger paste – 1 tsp; Garlic paste – 1 tsp; Green Chili – 3; Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp; Cloves – 5; Cardamom – 4; Salt – to taste; Butter – 80 gm or 3 oz; Cream – 1/3 cup; Kasoori Methi (Fenugreek) – 1 1/2 tsp; Ginger – 10 gm or 1/2 oz;    

For the prawns:    

Prawns – 1 Kg or 2 1/4 lb;  Ghee – 6 Tbs; Ajwain – 2 tsp; Onions – 200 gm or 7 oz; Green Chili – 3; Ginger – 10 gm or 1/2 oz; Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp; Fresh Coriander – 1/2 cup; Lemon juice – 2 Tbs; Garam Masala – 1 tsp; Salt – to taste;

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Twitter | Yahoo Buzz | Google Buzz

About these ads

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: http://desihomecook.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/tawa-cooking-jhinga-tawa-masala-spicy-prawns/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Very informative and looks delicious!

  2. My resort guests returned & spoke so high about the pran vindhalu & the one who heard about pran vindhalu orderded the menu while booking their stay with us.

  3. looks fishy :))

  4. excellent food , for cooking this food i got a good fuck from my hubby,so i highly recommend you

  5. Your Jhinja Tawa Masala was excellent
    My husband cooked n enyoyed it

    Thanks

  6. I am planning to cook prawns for the first time, looked for some information on hw to cook them on many websites. Boiling or steaming prawns never appeared tasty and i started losing my excitement for cooking. thank god i came across your receipe, m pretty excited and upbeat after watching your receipe. will cook tonite and am sure it would be good.Thanks a lot.

  7. let us know how was it.

  8. Not so delicious just o.k.

  9. Excellent recipe. it would be great if there was a written version. Really lovely.

  10. Wonderful article! This is the kind of information that are meant to be shared across the net.
    Disgrace on the search engines for not positioning this publish higher!
    Come on over and talk over with my website . Thanks =)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 67 other followers

%d bloggers like this: