As Indian food recipes go, this is a real winner!
While in the US over Christmas, I was given a Himalayan salt block which I can’t seem to stop using. I love the thing! Almost every night for the past week I have heated it up slowly in the oven until it is fire hot. Then it’s placed it on the table where my family and I cook the evening meal. It’s great fun.
I can hardly wait to bring it out at our next party.
After trying the salt block for the first time, my wife Caroline immediately said we needed more. I got on the Internet but found nothing from any UK suppliers. We thought we were going to have to wait until our next trip to the US to purchase new blocks and then drag the heavy things back home with us in our luggage.
Then I found this video on YouTube by Kerstin Rodgers. Like me, Kerstin lives in the UK but unlike me, Kerstin knew about horse licks. You can actually purchase these Himalayan salt blocks from horse shops substantially cheaper than you can in American cookery shops!
I feel a party coming on!
You can view Kerstin’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uTFXHtR7rE.
Cooking on Himalayan salt blocks is a very ancient and fun way to cook. They come from a part of the Himalayas which is now Pakistan but was India until 1947.
When you cook, just a little bit of the salt comes off the block to flavour the food. It is just a nice way of bringing out the natural flavours in your food that is also supposed to be a lot better for you then sea salt.
This is a simple recipe that really brings out the flavour of the prawns. I hope you like it. You could of course add a dash of salt and cook the prawns in a frying pan but I hope I have inspired you to give Himalayan salt block cooking a try.
25 medium sized prawns
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Juice of two limes
4 cloves garlic smashed to a paste
1 inch peeled ginger smashed to a paste
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 fresh green chili finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
Heat your oven to the highest temperature.
Place the Himalayan salt block in the oven while it is still cool and heat it on high for about an hour.
Meanwhile, place all of the ingredients in a bowl to marinade while the salt is heating.
When you are ready to cook, place the heated salt block on a counter surface or on the table.
Place the prawns directly onto the salt block and cook through turning once. The cooking time is only a couple of minutes.
When finished, allow the salt block to cool and the wipe with a clean wet cloth. Do not use soap.
Scrape any excess meat off the brick and dry it off very well.
A well looked after Himalayan salt block should last for years.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe. I can assure you that I will be showing you other Indian food recipes like this cooked on salt in the very near future so please be sure to subscribe to my blog.