20 Large prawns
½ cup regular flour
1 cup grated coconut
½ cup of breadcrumbs
1 beaten egg
¼ of pineapple cut into small cubes
½ finely chopped onion
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon pepper powder
4 coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 small piece of grated ginger
¼ cup of sugar
¼ cup of vinegar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1- Put the cardamom, pepper, crushed coriander seeds and cinnamon to heat over medium heat. Once the aromas start to come out add a spoonful of oil and a minute later the onion.
2-Once the onion is slightly browned, add the pineapple, sugar and vinegar. Mix well and let it cook over a low heat and with a lid on for 20 minutes.
3-Clean the prawns by removing the skin except for the tails.
4- Roll them in the flour, egg and then in a mixture of the coconut flour and bread crumbs.
5- Fry for one minute on each side in plenty of oil. Make sure the oil is very hot before cooking the prawns and be careful not to overcook them or the texture will be unpleasant.
A little history...
This is a rather modern recipe and I have not found a reliable source about its origin. Although the name of a region in Mexico is mentioned constantly: Campeche, which is a region in southern Mexico full of history and gastronomic culture. There is in fact a specific recipe of this recipe that comes from there, here it is if you want to try another version.
Chutney is a dish that comes from India, it is used to accompany dishes and give another life to fresh fruits. Its basic ingredients are spices and fresh fruit. The most famous is the mango chutney, because it seems that an English captain who loved making chutneys marketed it and that’s how chutneys became known in the West.
Something you need to know...
Although you may not have heard the news, it is not news that Thailand’s fishing industry has come under media scrutiny for using slave labour. As an outrageous investigation published by The Guardian Many people in nearby countries like Burma are deceived into hoping for a better life, they end up being sold for about 500 euros per fishing boat. Forced to work at least 20 hours a day, fed a plate of rice and uncertain whether they will ever be able to get out of this situation, many resort to suicide. And the few who dare to rebel end up being tortured or even killed.
How does this affect me?
This situation has been denounced for a long time and although very little has been done, for example some 60 people from this type of ship were sentenced to several years in prison a few years ago. The problem is much bigger than this because the Thai government and the same companies have laws, contracts and rules that prohibit the use of human trafficking, but they do not carry out inspections or take measures to end this situation.
And one of the main reasons for this is a lifelong one: money. This great industry is benefiting many people economically; the captains of the ships, the police, those who carry out the transport, the big companies and finally we the consumers.
If we do not want this to happen, we will have to stop accepting that it is right to sell us a packet of peeled and frozen shrimps for one euro. The discount is not given by the company; the money we save is the hours of work of one person.
Like all seafood, it is not recommended to overeat shrimp because of its high cholesterol content, and although it contains a minimal concentration compared to other seafood, it does have some mercury. Without forgetting this fact, we should also bear in mind that it provides other nutrients, firstly it contains a lot of protein, about 16.5 grams per 100, it contains a lot of calcium which is good for the bones, phosphorus for energy storage and transport in the cells.
The coconut is an energy pump as it contains a beastly amount of calories, more than 600 per 100 grams. The coconut is mainly a fatty food about 60 grams per 100, between saturated, monosaturated and unsaturated. And secondarily it also provides good amounts of carbohydrates, about 15 grams per 200. It is gluten-free and contains almost the same amount of fibre as carbohydrates. It also contains various minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is highly recommended in diets, as the type of carbohydrates it contains are slow to be absorbed by the body, which increases energy levels and the body’s ability to not transform it into accumulative fat. Also for its high content of fibre that helps cleanse the body and enzymes that support gastrointestinal health. And as a good fruit also has many vitamins, especially C, A and some of the type B, and various minerals, mainly magnesium.