How to make Prawn Bhaja with Basil Mint Pesto - An unusual fusion dish – prawn pakode shallow-fried and served with basil-mint-walnut pesto.

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Main Ingredients : Prawns (medium) (मध्यम आकार के प्रॉन्स), Fresh basil leaves (ताज़े बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Snacks and Starters

Prawn Bhaja with Basil Mint Pesto Recipe Card

Prawn Bhaja with Basil Mint Pesto

Hindi: jhinga
Favourite seafood? Prawns, prawns and more of prawns. A wide variety of small crustaceans, tiny relatives of the lobster, are known as prawns. Prawns are normally translucent when raw but get their distinctive pink or red colour on being cooked. one word of caution – if buying unpeeled prawns, smell for freshness and look for bright, shiny shells that have some spring left in them.

For more recipes related to Prawn Bhaja with Basil Mint Pesto checkout Yeral Varuval, Dumdar Prawns, Urban BBQ, Prawn Popcorn . You can also find more Snacks and Starters recipes like Kathal Ke Shaami, Aloo Bread Pakoda With Imli Chutney, Chocolate Fruit Pizza, Kabab Pethe Ke.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawn Bhaja with Basil Mint Pesto Recipe

  • Prawns (medium) cleaned, deveined and roughly chopped 1 cup

  • Fresh basil leaves 8-10

  • Fresh mint leaves 7-8

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Gram flour (besan) 3 tablespoons

  • Rice flour 4 tablespoons

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard powder 1 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice of ½ lemon

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Fresh coriander sprigs 7-8

  • Garlic cloves 3-4

  • Walnuts 3-4

  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Put prawns in a bowl, add gram flour, 2 tablespoons rice flour, semolina, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and mustard powder and mix well. Add lemon juice and some water and mix well. Divide the mixture into equal portions.

Step 2

Put remaining rice flour, remaining semolina, salt and crushed peppercorns on a plate and mix well.

Step 3

To prepare basil mint pesto, grind together torn basil leaves, torn mint leaves, coriander leaves, garlic cloves, salt, crushed peppercorns and olive oil to a paste. Add walnuts and some water and grind again to a fine paste. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.

Step 4

Heat some oil in a non-stick pan.

Step 5

Take each portion of prawn mixture, coat with rice flour-semolina mixture and shallow-fry in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Serve hot with basil mint pesto.