Shrimpcakes with Raita is the perfect recipe for an appetizer or light dinner. Enjoy this Indian style patty filled with fresh shrimp.
My week of “firsts” is continuing. While trying to decide what my next recipe would be, I decided to try my first spin class. I have been doing other aerobic classes and have a fantastic trainer but I was always too intimidated to try a spin class. I had thought I would be super sore from the bike seat and joked to my husband that I would be walking like a crab. As with everything, this brought food to my mind – specifically crab cakes. It was a short hop, skip and jump from crab cakes to what we have been affectionately calling shrimp cakes.
This is actually a recipe from my husband’s Mom. Unfortunately I was never able to meet her as she passed away before we met. Luckily, I feel like I have been able to get to know her through her recipes and the love of cooking we share. This dish was originally a traditional Parsi dish called Prawn Kebabs. The prawn kebabs are normally DEEP FRIED! Oh they are so good but they were relegated to serving at Christmas and one other special time a year. I had made an unsuccessful attempt to bake them and finally came upon the idea to cook them with a little bit of oil. Hallelujah! It worked. They have fantastic flavor and are low in calories and fat. We can enjoy the pungent flavors of garlic, ginger and fresh cilantro without the greasy mess.
As I mentioned above, this recipe was originally a Parsi dish. What is a Parsi you ask? I thought the same thing when I first met my husband and he said he was a Parsi. A what?? I thought to myself. A quick Google search later and I had my answers. The short answer is that Parsis are people of the Zorastrian faith that emigrated from Persia to the west coast of India in about the 5th century. They were given permission by the king of Gujerat to stay and practice their religion and became known as Parsis. My husband was born in Mumbai and some of his family still lives there. More about this all another time.
Back to the recipe – The shrimp cakes are very delicate as the recipe only calls for one egg as a binder. You really need to make them fairly small so they can be turned without falling apart.
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