Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dried Shrimp Patties and Coconut Curry Pasta (Vivi)

OK, so I was finally able to make those shrimp patties that Rana and I promised you, say, practically a year or so ago, and might I say, they came out delicious~ They're pretty simple and quick to make, and best of all, because ground dried shrimp is so flavorful already, you don't need to add any extra salt or spices :} It is originally a Mexican recipe I learned during the time I was working in a hospital kitchen, but I decided this time to serve it with coconut curry pasta.

To make 4-5 patties you'll need:
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup of ground dried shrimp
Vegetable oil for frying

You'll need two bowls: one large sized and one normal bowl that you can put the separate egg yolks. Beat the egg whites in the large bowl until they form stiff peaks, and then , still beating them, start sprinkling in the ground shrimp and egg yolks until the mixture is just blended. It should look somewhat like pancake batter.

Heat oil in a medium sized skillet on medium heat and then pour in a soup ladle's worth of the batter in just like you would a pancake. Let the patties fry on one side for about a minute (until they're golden brown) and then flip them over for another minute. Puck them out with a slotted spatula and let them rest on on a couple of paper towels to get rid of the excess oil.


For the pasta, you'll need:
1 lb of spaghetti
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp Curry powder
and Cayenne Pepper and cilantro to taste

To make pasta, I always put in tome vegetable oil and salt into the water so that the pasta won't stick, and so that it can soak up some salty goodness without salting the whole pot of food. So aside from adding that, cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the box/bag, preferably to al dente.

Drain the pasta ad return to the pot, adding in coconut milk and stewed tomatoes, mix, and while it heats to a simmer, sprinkle in the cilantro, cayenne pepper and curry powder. Simmer in the coconut milk and tomato"juice" until the spaghetti is cooked as soft as you like it, and serve with the shrimp patties.

Easy as pie and delicious! Hope you guys like!

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