Friday, January 23, 2015

Seafood with chilly and Basil

Ingredients :
  1. Large Shrimp – 4 tail on peeled an de-veined, washed and pat dry
  2. Squid – 2 medium sized cleaned and cut into rings
  3. Oil – 1 tbsp
  4. Garlic – 4 cloves crushed
  5. Ginger – ½ inch Julienned
  6. Fish sauce – 1 tsp
  7. Oyster Sauce – 1 tsp
  8. Soy sauce – 1 tsp
  9. Ripe red chillies – 3 crushed
  10. Green chillies – 1 sliced
  11. Sugar – ½ tsp
  12. Chicken stock –  4 tbsp
  13. Holy basil leaves – 1/4 cup
  14. Vegetable – optional . I used  ½  mix of broccoli,bok choy, red bell pepper,mushroom

NOTE : Its best to make this dish in small batches of 1 or 2 servings at the max. Cook on high heat and quickly else the seafood overcooks and steams and the vegetable loses its crunch. Keep all ingredients ready before you start cooking . The dish will be ready in 5 minutes once cooking starts.
You can use any seafood of your choice - mussels,crab,clams,cubes of boneless fish , Scallops etc.

In a large frying pan/Wok , Heat the oil on high and add crushed chilly, garlic and ginger and stirfry for 30 seconds.
Add the squid and shrimp and stirfy on high flame for 2 minutes . 
As the pan gets dried out keep adding the sauces  starting with the fish sauce , oyster sauce and soysauce.
Add the vegetables if using and sliced green chilly and fry for a minute .
Add the chicken stock and sugar and mix well. Scrape up the bits stuck to the pan with stock .
The gravy should be thick . Add in the basil leaves and turn the flame off.
Add fish sauce if  salt is less when you taste it.

 Mix well and serve immediately over white rice.

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