I take a quick trip down the memory lane. Collages of having this sinfully yummy snack particularly on a chilly winter evening come flashing one after another.
The most prominent one being: coming home after college, wondering all the way what would be there to snack with tea. And once you near the house gate your mood instantly lifts up because you can smell it in the air.
Aroma of this heavenly Bengali snack wafting through the kitchen hits your olfactory organs and your evening (and part of next day too) is made.
For mom comes out of the kitchen with her heart warming smile holding a plate of your shrimp batter fry your most adorable snack. You wish to barely throw your bag on the sofa and dig right in, but mummy will only let you touch this delectable snack after you have washed your hands.
What follows is truly a gastronomical as well as an emotional experience. Crispy fried succulent shrimp dumplings with the right hint of spices and a hot cup of Darjeeling tea, makes all the gossip of the day come tumbling out and long chat session with mom ensues. The evening is well spent indeed!!!
Similar memories of this authentic Bengali snack also exist — it being an extremely popular item in this part of the country. Your shopping to New Market (one of the oldest heritage building) in Kolkata is never complete without having a plateful of Shrimp Batter Fry at Karco’s or Regent with coffee. But nothing beats home-made or rather mom-made.
So here it is for all those who are drooling already and can’t – wait – to – try – this out – Bengali recipe at home and wow not only at yourself, but all your guests and folks at home as well!!!
Shrimp Batter Fry
- Shrimp – 100gms
- Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
- Garlic – 2 pods (finely chopped)
- Ginger – 1” piece (finely chopped)
- Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
- Rice flour- 1 tsp
- Oil – to fry
- Cornflour -1 tbsp
- Salt – to taste .
- Clean, wash and pat dry shrimp. Keep it in a mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger in the mixing bowl.
- Add soya sauce and cornflour along with very little salt as soya sauce already contains salt.
- Mix rice flour with a little water to form a paste. Pour this paste onto the shrimp mixture. Mix well. Add water carefully to form a batter.
- Heat oil in a wok. Take spoonfuls of the batter and deep fry.
- Serve with ketchup or any dip of your choice.
Enjoy as an evening snack. Truly Bong style!!!
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