Thursday, 17 September 2009

King Prawn Bean Stew with Garlic Basmati

Recipe Ingredients: (enough for 4)
  • 400 grs basmati rice
  • 3 cans (400grs each) borlotti or butter beans
  • 350 grs skinless king prawns (uncooked)
  • 50 grs of chourizo thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot minced
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 150 mls tomato pulp (or passata)
  • 1 pinch of cayenne
  • 1 soup spoon of paprika
  • 1 bunch of coriander finely chopped
  • 2 large bayleafs
  • a little olive oil, salt and black pepper (to taste)

One of the tastier things I have ever eaten in the restaurant MetrisPlanet in Faro Portugal. I loved it so much that I had to recreate it, also must confess that I went back and back to that restaurant to eat that meal over and over again during my holidays. Of course they didn't give me the recipe so I had to create my own version based on taste and look s alone, and if I may say turned out quite excellent.

I used butter beans which were nice however whenever I will do this again I will use either borlotti or white beans, as the butter beans were a little floury in texture and I prefer a smother texture almost creamy. At Metris Planet restaurant a portion for two was €16 which means only €8 per person, which is a great price, but think the portion given in quantity was really enough for over 4 people excellent value, if ever in Portugal in the Algarve I would recommend you to visit this restaurant.

Well... To make this dish, place a wok pan on the heat and add to it a little olive oil once well hot ad to it: garlic, onion, carrot, bay-leafs, chourizo, cayenne pepper and the paprika. Let these cook up until the onion starts to caramelize, which then you add the: drained beans and tomato pulp, and once is back to boiling put the lid on reduce heat to minimum and let it simmer for around 40 minutes, mixing occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom. Twenty minutes into the cooking add the salt and black pepper.

Lastly ad the prawns and the chopped coriander (reserving a little coriander for the decoration of the dish), cooking these for 3-4 minutes the prawn will change from a greyish colour to the nice orange colour when cooked, must not overcook them as instead of soft they will turn hard and rubbery.

As to the rice cook this one in water and salt with a little of oil and a couple of crushed garlic cloves for the garlic flavour cook it for 10-12 minutes (check pack for cooking times). Once fully cooked I drained the rice and while draining passed boiling water through it to remove excess starch as this is no good for your health.

Then is just a matter of dishing it and eating it....Bon Appetite xxxxxxx


Sophie said...

Bon appétit indeed!

This is one lovely butter beans dish & I call this comfort food!

Just lovely, Ricardo!

Chow and Chatter said...

this looks delicious love the presentation

Donna-FFW said...

This bean stew sounds fabulous!! A bowl of true comfort. Delicious!!

momgateway said...

That looks awesome! I love beans.

Ricardo said...

Many Thanks to my friends that here commented, unfortunately diminishingin numbers.

Sophie, definitely comfort but also healthy and full of fibre and protein as well as vitamins. Thanks for visit and comment. luv ya xxx

Chow and Chatter, I am happy you think that as it was in fact very delicious, you should try it...thanks so much for visit and comment luv ya xxx

Donna-FFW, Thanks a lot I know you love food and you do great things with yours, happy that you liked this dish..luv ya xxx

Chef E said...

I am so glad your music is playing here! I feel like I am taking a romantic dinner in with this delicious dish on here, and the music, now I need hubby at my side!

Dri Viaro said...

Uma semana cheia de coisas boas pra vc

Dri Viaro said...

este prato me dá uma grande apetite :)

Ricardo said...

Deavia estar bom mesmo para ti Dri-Viaro pois comentaste duas vezes ...muito brigada jinhos doces xxxx

Ricardo said...

Chef E I am so happy you notice the music playing others don't seem to notice, especially that is me singing it (well maybe because I sound terrible) but I though it to be entertaining. Yeah I can imagine you two at candle light, me cooking for you I'd love it. cheers xxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Rico!
Very interesting recipe, very fusion in concept actually!
With your music and song added to that your Missus will have to keep an eye on you!LOL
Best regards,

Dri Viaro said...

boa semana, hj estou correndo hehe

Ricardo said...

Hi Robert my friend, nice to see you here really is, fusion is my middle name, you have a wonderful blog so I am honoured.Thanks for visit and comment :)

ola Dri Viaro, sabes que tenho este blogue também em Português ? clica aqui Adorei ver-te aqui mesmo assim á pressa lol...jinhos rápidos para ti hehe xxxx


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