Assam prawns is one of the many Peranakan dishes I grew up with. Preparing a dish of 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 important to keep the shells of the prawns intact when cooking to ensure that the original flavour of the prawns remains. This makes the dish even more delectable when combined with the sweet and sour flavours. For best results, keep the heads of the prawns intact too to absorb the gravy as they cook.
It takes at least 30 minutes to marinate the prawns. They can be marinated for up to 2 hours, kept in the refrigerator. Cooking duration however should only take 10 minutes to prevent overcooking the prawns.
This is a perfect after work recipe using minimal ingredients and a short preparation time. Stir fry some simple greens to pair them with these succulent assam prawns.
Malaysian Tamarind Fried Prawns is also known as: Assam Prawns