Assam Prawns is one of the many Peranakan dishes I grew up with. Preparing a dish like tamarind prawns could not be any simpler than this. With just some salt, sugar and the core ingredient, tamarind paste, a marvelous dish is created! It is without a doubt that this dish is very appetizing, with the sweetness of the prawns and the sourish taste of the tamarind paste infused together creating an amazing flavour.
This recipe has a simple list of ingredients. It is therefore important to have the shell on to the prawns when cooking to ensure that the original flavours from the prawns are kept. This makes the dish even more flavourful when combined with the sweet and sour flavours. For best results, keep the head of the prawns on for its flavour to seep through the gravy as it cooks.
It takes 30 minutes to marinate the prawns. If you have more time, the prawns can be marinated up to 2 hours in the refridgerator. Cooking duration however should only take 10 minutes and you will be enjoying a flavourful dish of tamarind fried prawns!
This is a perfect after work recipe using minimal ingredients and a short preparation time. Stir fry some simple greens and you can pair them up with these succulent assam prawns.
Malaysian Tamarind Fried Prawns is also known as: Assam Prawns