How to make Mongolian Prawns -

Prawns in a red hot sauce

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), malt vinegar (माल्ट विनेगर / सिरका )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Seafood

Mongolian Prawns

Mongolian Prawns Recipe Card


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Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Mongolian Prawns Recipe

  • Prawns shelled and boiled 16

  • malt vinegar 6 tablespoons

  • Oil 4 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Spring onions with greens sliced 2

  • Dried red chillies broken into 2 3-4

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Garlic chopped 4-6 cloves

  • Red chilli paste 2 tablespoons

  • Tomato sauce 4 tablespoons

  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Fish stock or chicken stock 2 cups

  • Malt vinegar 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Pat the prawns dry. Roll them in three tablespoons cornflour. Heat sufficient oil in a wok, add the prawns and deep fry for a minute. Drain on an absorbent paper and set aside. Reserve the spring onion greens for garnish. Mix the remaining cornflour in half a cup of water.

Step 2

Mix red chilli paste, tomato sauce, white pepper powder, MSG, sugar and salt in one cup of stock. Heat four tablespoons of oil in a wok or a pan, add red chillies, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for one minute.

Step 3

Add spring onions and continue to stir-fry for a couple of minutes more.

Step 4

Add the sauce and spice mix, remaining stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in cornflour mixture and cook for a minute or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Step 5

Add fried prawns and cook for two minutes, or until the sauce coats the prawns, stirring and tossing continuously. Stir in malt vinegar and serve hot, garnished with the reserved spring onion greens.

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