Szechuan style Shrimp

 Szechuan style Shrimp

The days are really getting cold in here and nights are even colder. You need something hot and spicy or maybe a bowl of warm soup to keep yourself warm. I love soups but sometimes I indulge in something that is hot n spicy as well as fast to prepare so that the rest of the time I can wrap myself in a shawl and enjoy watching movies.

This is an Indo-Chinese version of Szechuan shrimp and though the recipe has got a number of ingredients but the cooking time is really fast. 

Szechuan style Shrimp

 Szechuan style Shrimp

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Recipe serves 2-3 people

  • 10-12 medium-sized tail-on shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 1 medium egg whisked
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 cup red,green,yellow bell-peppers cubed
  • ½ cup red onions cubed
  • 2-3 stalks of green onion (green and white separated)
  • 3-4 dried red chillies cut into long strips
  • 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Szechuan sauce
  • Few drops of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying 

 For Szechuan sauce

  • 2 tablespoons red chilli paste (soak dried red chillies in water for an hour and grind to a fine paste)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon soya sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons white oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to balance the taste

 First we need to prepare the Szechuan sauce. Heat oil in a wok and add the minced garlic followed by minced ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes in a medium heat and then add the red chilli paste and continue to stir for 3-4 minutes until the raw flavor of the spices is no more and the oil starts to separate. Add salt to taste, white pepper powder, soya-sauce, vinegar and stir and add 2-3 tablespoons of water to get the sauce like consistency. Give a good mix and check for seasoning. You may need to add a little bit of sugar to balance the taste. The Szechuan sauce is now ready.

Szechuan style Shrimp

To prepare the shrimp take a bowl and mix in the whisked egg, salt, white pepper powder, corn flour and all-purpose flour and toss the shrimps in the marinade. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a wok and deep-fry the shrimps in batches, drain and set aside. In a separate wok heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the minced garlic and ginger, cubes of red-green-yellow bell peppers, cubes of onion, strips of dried red chillies, sliced white portion of the green onions and sauté well for 2-3 minutes. Now add salt, the Szechuan sauce, few drops of sesame oil, ketchup if using and mix in well. Finally add the fried shrimps and toss. Serve hot in a platter and garnish with chopped green onions.

Enjoy with your favorite Chinese fried rice, noodles,steamed rice or as an appetizer.

Szechuan style Shrimp

Tips:

To prepare the red chilli paste you may de-seed the chillies before grinding to make it less hot.You may prepare the Szechuan sauce days ahead and use it whenever needed.The sauce stays good for a month in the refrigerator. You may omit the whole process of making the szechuan sauce and use a store bought one. While sautéing the bell-peppers make sure they do not lose their crunch.

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8 Responses to Szechuan style Shrimp

  1. simplyfreshcooking says:

    Hey Sonali! Thanks for stopping by my blog! It looks like you’re fairly new to the blogosphere like me… so welcome! I love your recipes and your site concept! Can’t wait to see more. :)

  2. Hey first time here. nice space you got. being vegetarian can not comment of this dish but rest of the dishes are awesome. do visit mine too.

  3. Kankana says:

    So colorful and spicy! Plus I love shrimp in any way :)

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