Seen those bamboo steamers that are such a rage these days? Well, a few weeks back I happened to go travelling to the interiors of India and what do you know, the tribal have always been cooking with them. Infact, I happened to meet a very accommodating local who within a matter of minutes, chiseled out for me, my very own bamboo steamer. Yup, custom made! How cool is that? Anyways, today I decided to put the steamer to good use and baked my self a yummy steamed rice n prawn pie.
Here is what you need,
- 1 cup Basmati rice or small grain rice (which ever is handy) soaked in water for a couple of hours
- 5 cups of coconut milk (You could also use 3 cups coconut milk with 2 cups water if you like)
- Pinch of sal
- 1 cup cooked prawns
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tsp chili powder/paprika
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- a small piece of ginger, finely grated
- a small knob of butter, melted
- In blender, mix together the pre soaked rice with coconut milk until a very smooth and runny batter is formed.
- Add the salt to it and mix really well. Keep aside.
- In a pan, pour a little oil and saute the onions until they turn translucent.
- Now add the garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of minutes.
- To this, add the paprika/chili powder, salt and the turmeric powder and fry until the raw smell disappears.
- Now tip in the cooked prawns and mix until everything is well coated with the spices.
- In a greased cake tray, pour half of the rice batter and allow it to steam for 10 minutes or up until it cooks and becomes firm.
- Then, lay down the prawns in a layer on top of the cooked rice batter and pour half of the remaining batter on top.
- Steam it for 5 minutes and then quickly pour the rest of the batter on top.
- Steam for a further 10 minutes or up until the pie is fully cooked. You could try the toothpick test to check if the pie is cooked.
- Remove from the steamer and give the pie a butter wash.
- Let the pie cool before transferring it to your serving dish.
- Enjoy!! Yum!
PS: I know it looks a little minimalistic and plain jane, but the flavour of the prawn and the melt in your mouth consistency of the pie more than makes up for it.