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Midweek Dinners

Week night dinners can be stressful.. You are tired, you can barely put yourself together before you hit the sack on and now there is dinner to think about.. Life can be so cruel… Well I could actually call Papa John’s or my chinese take out but I dont want to and both my husband and I prefer the home cooked meal… So grudgingly both of us trudge to the fridge, there is lentils from last night…

We look at each other and without a word, it is Papa John’s and then bingo, there  are shrimps.. Oh thank you dear lord… Shrimps do not take long to cook… And I go hold the pizza…  Now what to cook…

Tawa Shrimps

Right.. There is this recipe by one of favorite chef’s Atul Kochar.. The guy is a genius.. He has this restaurant in London, Benaras, One of the best Indian Restaurants I have eaten in the World.. He is just amazing, simple ingredients and he turns them into this wow thing in no time…  Sorry to conjure the recipe from my memory and this is what I come up with… Thankfully, it turned out quite decent the recipe is simple.. If you are a vegetarian, substitute the shrimps with Paneer, tastes equally good…

What you need:

  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 1tsp ajwain  (carom Seeds)
  • chopped onions -1
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  •  chopped ginger  1 small cube
  •  chopped tomato -2
  • 1/2tsp red chilli powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/4tsp garam masala
  •  coriander leaves- handful


Heat a wok or a kadhai, add the ajwai seeds and temper them, then add the onions, saute till translucent, then add the chilies and the ginger, continue to saute for a couple of mins, then add 2/3rd of the chopped tomatoes, let it reduce to a paste consistency and then add all the powdered spices along with the salt except for the garam masala. Once the spices are mixed add the shrimps, Cook till they are done and then add rest of the chopped tomatoes,  and garam masala and sauté. Then serve with Chopped corriander..


There you go, hassle free dinner under 20 mins, serve with rice or roti… I had mine with rice…..

Thank God.. No Pizzas… Shrimps saved the day….. and so did Atul Kochar..

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