Prawn Chilli Fry and Channa Dal

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Prawn Chilli Fry, Channa Dal and Rice

I love this combination of sweet onions and prawns together with earthy dal. It must qualify as a marriage made in heaven.

Prawn Chilli Fry Ingredients
3 large onions
2 green chillies chopped
1″ piece fresh ginger finely chopped
chilli powder
1/2tsp turmeric
225g cooked prawns defrosted

Heat 3tbs of oil in a frying pan and fry on a very low heat for maybe an hour or even more. The onions must not burn but go a dark golden colour and shrink considerably. Add the chillies, ginger, turmeric, salt and chilli powder to taste. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the prawns and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until any moisture from the prawns has evaporated.

Channa Dal Ingredients
250g channa dal
2 slices fresh ginger
1/2tsp turmeric
2 tbs cooking oil
1tsp cumin seeds
1 chopped clove of garlic
chilli powder
900ml water

Put the channa dal and water in a lidded saucepan and bring to the boil. Skim off the scum, add the fresh ginger and turmeric, give it a stir and keep on a low simmer for one hour. During the next 30 minutes stir from time to time until everything is of the right consistency then season with salt. Heat 2 tbs of cooking oil in a frying pan and toss in the cumin seeds followed by the garlic and a pinch of chilli powder. Mix together and then pour the contents of the frying pan over the dal. Serve as soon as the spluttering stops!

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