Tips for making cereal butter prawns:
⋈ I've come across recipes that use oat which, if you think about it, isn't crisp before you cook it. So you fry it in butter and it's supposed to crisp up? No way! It just turns into a soggy mess. When you see recipes that use oat, run!
⋈ What you should use is Nestum cereal, which is actually flakes of baked flour with a milky fragrance. It comes out of the bag (or tin) crisp, and it can absorb some moisture without going soft. Hence, curry leaves fried with Nestum cereal are dry and crunchy. Likewise, deep-fried prawns that still have a bit of moisture would also crisp up nicely but don't dry out. And that's why you need quite a lot of cereal in the recipe, because there must be enough to suck up excess moisture from the curry leaves and prawns. Plus, everyone loves eating it anyway.
⋈ Be careful when you're frying the cereal. It burns easily, so use low heat. And the wok should be warm, not hot.
⋈ Don't use small prawns because they overcook easily. Big ones require some skill to get them evenly done. Medium size is the easiest.
⋈ To deep-fry medium-sized prawns, use the maximum heat possible on your stove, in vegetable oil heated to just smoking. Fry just once, not twice.
⋈ Go easy on the bird's eye chilli. It dries out as it's fried, and that makes it really hot.
Cereal butter prawns is really quite easy and straightforward. If you don't overcook the prawns and you don't burn the cereal, then the success of the dish depends on the recipe. Where can you find a good one? Right here, and here's my step-by-step video:
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