I should also mention that I have given birth to two peculiars (ahem), those of the less-evolved palates and who unanimously prefer fixed (often annoyingly so) meal rotations on a weekly basis. Their mostly non-experimental minds play pony to their not-so-long- lived, yet robust South Indian tastebuds. So I save you from the nonexcitement that comes from everyday starch and protein, especially since most of that has been hyped right here on these pages.
But I have to put a stop to it, a recess once in awhile. Right? Moreover it would be a crime to keep today's unbelievable tasty mise en scène from you. And personally I believe to err on the side of fair and honest. You know, being the good friend that I am.
It is a smilingly simple 3 component dish. A crepe, shrimp filling and bechamel-ish sauce which takes you on the quintessential savory journey, and a soaring one at that. Nothing like you've ever tasted, but that which you've waited for all your life - a conundrum you strongly desire to be part of.
The crepes come together in less than a handful of ingredients. The shrimp curry happens fast and furious. Of course the sauce creams up right before your eyes. Two of the components can be done and stored in advance. Which leaves the white sauce for the day of. Perfectly thin pancakes offer a soft platform for the bed of heated shrimp. The pouring of rich creamy velvet tips the scale favorably and smacks you right in the face. You like it because it is good and absurdly so.
- ¼ c water
- ¾ c milk
- 1 c all purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- pinch sugar
- 2 tbsp melted, unsalted butter
- additional melted butted for coating the pan
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 15-20 seconds.
- Transfer to bowl and refrigerate for an hour, or up to a day.
- After batter has rested, heat a 9" nonstick pan or flat crepe pan. Using pastry brush, swipe on the additional butter on entire surface of pan
- Ladle ¼ c batter into center of pan to one edge and swirl to spread evenly. ( If too thick add 1/2 tsp increments of milk to thin the batter).
- Allow to cook, then flip. Cook for an additional minute or two.
- Once done, lay crepe flat on surface or plate and cover with a clean dry kitchen cloth.
- Repeat till all the batter has been used up.
Spicy shrimp filling~
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 4 pearl onions or shallots, diced
- 1 medium plum tomato, diced
- 2 tsp ginger minced
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded, cut small
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ lb medium shrimp, cleaned, deveined
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a wide mouthed skillet on medium flame, heat oil.
- Add mustard seeds. Allow to temper and pop, carefully shielding top of pan.
- Wilt onions, then tomatoes. Cook until tender.
- Add remaining ingredients to cayenne pepper. Allow to cook until blended, about two minutes.
- Stir in shrimp, continue to stir and cook on medium high until moisture is absorbed and pieces are cooked through, 9-12 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Allow mixture to cool slightly.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 ¼c milk(more if needed), slightly warmed
- ¼ tsp salt or enough to flavor
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Stir in flour until mixture cooks and becomes paste like and bubbles. Do not let it brown.
- Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens. Add more milk depending on desired consistency. (All in all, I used 1¾ c milk). All the while keep stirring.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat.
- Take a crepe and place flat.
- Drop in 1 to 2 tbsp of shrimp mixture down the length of the middle. Fold over both sides. Repeat with the remaining crepes.
- If serving individually pour white sauce over filled crepe and serve or...
- If serving a group, place in casserole or wide plate and line up finished crepes one after another. Pour white sauce over the assembled bunch.
~Likewise you could even pour some of the sauce into shrimp, thickening up the filling.
~You may end up with more crepes than filling. Refrigerate and save for later.
~This recipe is a brilliant blueprint for wrapping anything that you fancy. Other awesome filler options? Why not this chicken, shredded, no bones? Maybe some Kerala beef? Possibly try the sauce in some fish and vegetables?
Trust me they will, at least, be gone out twice before you even try to place a few in assembly.
" So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."Colossians 3:12-14 (The Message)