Sri Lankan devilled prawns dish is one of the most popular seafood dishes in Sri Lanka. I first tried it in a Sri Lankan restaurant near the beach, in Galle.
At home, I actually take extra time to make Sri Lankan chilli paste just to make this dish. I cannot complain about the extra effort because the end result is amazingly tasty. I assure you that this is the correct way to make this dish. The term “devilled” here refers to a spicy dish. If you are still reading, you probably like this type of devilled dishes. I already have few more devilled recipes and you can anticipate to see those in my blog in near future. So, shall we?
500g of raw prawns (with shells)
2-3 Banana Peppers (Malu miris) ; sliced
1 large tomato; cut into cubes
2 medium-sized onions; cut in to cubes
1-2 leeks – cut the white portion into mini logs of 2cms
1tbsp of finely chopped garlic
1tsp of finely chopped ginger
½ a lemon
½ tsp of dry chili flakes
2 ½ tbsp of Sri Lankan style Chinese Chili paste (Refer to its recipe in Rasakama)
1 ½ tbsp of Tomato sauce (Ketchup)
1 ½ tsp of Soy sauce
1 ½ tsp of Sesame oil
4 tbsp of cooking oil
Salt to taste and as required
Firstly, add ½ tsp of salt and squeeze the lime onto the prawns and mix all together. Then, let it aside while you cut vegetable and prepare the rest.
Heat a generous amount of cooking oil in a pan. For the sake of this recipe, I would say around 4 tbsps. Then, stir-fry the prawns until they turn to light-golden color.
At this point, lower the heat a bit and push the prawns to a side of the pan, and fry the garlic and ginger, separately, for about 30 seconds.
Remember, while you are frying ginger and garlic, you should also stir-fry the prawns to prevent excessively roasting the shells. Now, continue frying all for few seconds more and add soy sauce and sesame oil. Then, increase the heat a bit and add all the vegetables, except the tomatoes, and stir-fry continuously for about 1 minute.
After, add the tomatoes, chili paste, chili flakes, tomato sauce (Ketchup) and little bit of salt, and mix all together in a rapid motion.