Stir Fried Shrimps with Tamarind Recipe

Stir Fried Shrimps with Tamarind Recipes

Ingredients :

2 oz tamarind paste

2/3 cup boiling water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp chopped onion

2 tbsp palm sugar

2 tbsp chicken stock or water

1 tbsp fish sauce

6 dried red chilies, fried

1lb uncooked shelled shrimps

1 tbsp fried chopped garlic

2 tbsp fried sliced shallots

2 spring onions, chopped, to garnish

Method :

Put the tamarind paste in a small bowl, pour over the boiling water and stir well to break up any lumps. Leave for 30 minutes. Strain, pushing as much of the juice through as possible. Measure 6 tbsp of the juice, the amount needed, and store the remainder in the fridge. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the chopped onion and fry until golden brown.

Add the sugar, stock, fish sauce, dried chilies and the tamarind juice, stirring well until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Add the shrimps, garlic and shallots. Stir-fry until the shrimps are cooked, about 3-4 minutes. Garnish with the spring onions.

Serves 4-6

The sour, tangy flavor that is characteristic of many Thai dishes comes from tamarind. Fresh tamarind pods from the tamarind tree can sometimes be bought, but preparing them for cooking is a laborious process. The Thais, however, usually prefer to use compressed blocks of tamarind paste, which is simply soaked in warm water and then strained.

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