Seafood and I, we go back a long way. I must have been around 4 when I went out with my parents for dinner and tasted my first piece of fish. I was hooked. My mom still laughs when she remembers how my eyes lit up when I tasted fish for the very first time. I get my love for seafood from my father. Dad always took me to his favourite joint, “Gajalee”, (quickly became my favourite too) owned and run by his very good friend. I would hang there, chill at the shellfish tub, be spoilt rotten by the staff there and gorge on some ridiculously divine seafood. I still go to this place and it’s still as fabulous as it used to be.
Now I’ve moved to Delhi and like any Bombay girl would say, the seafood isn’t as great here. Obvs. I have found some places though, and they do have some decent produce available, as fresh as it could possibly get in Delhi. Since the weather is still kinda rainy and fun, thought I’d do some sesame toast (the plan originally was to do a veggie version, but HAIIII PRAWNIES!) and so here we are.
Prawn Sesame Toast:
Serves 2| Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 10 min
Prawns – 300 gms, cleaned
Ginger – 2 inch piece
Parsley- a handful, roughly chopped
Egg white – 1 (you can use 1 more if you like)
Salt and pepper – to taste
Cornflour – 4 tbsp
Fish sauce – 2 tbsp
Bread slices – 6-7
Lemon juice – 4 tsp
Spring onion- 1/2 cup, chopped
Oil (for frying)- 1 cup
Sesame seeds (toasted) – 1/2 cup
Get all the ingredients (except the oil) together in a food processor. Blitz till it all turns into a thick, fine-ish paste.
It should now look something like the picture below.
You can absolutely choose to cut your bread slices into half so they look like triangles but I like to cut them out round sometimes with a cookie cutter. The yield is about 3 rounds from a normal sized bread slice.
Now, top spoonfuls of your prawn mix onto the bread roundels. Sprinkle sesame seeds and set aside. You can put these in the fridge for about 20 min so they set well before you fry them- upto you, if you have the time.
Next, in a pan, heat some oil and place these roundels with the prawn side down. Let cook for about 4 minutes (on low flame) and then flip. You can get it out of the pan when you see both sides have turned into a deep golden brown. It is very important for the toast to be nice and crispy. It’s called toast for a reason, yo!