Sunday, 26 January 2014

Prawn Souvlaki with Capers Tzatziki

Today, the country celebrated its 65th Republic Day. I enjoyed the holiday, no doubt, but I believe we, as a nation, have not yet earned the privilege of celebrating ourselves. I feel so, as a citizen of this county, more so as a woman. 

In the last months we have all debated, argued, rebelled in our own ways and have been incessant tirades against the government, law and order situation etc, and witnessed political parties hurling muck at each other while gruesome incidents of crime against women have been on the rise. I do not think assaulting women is new to this country’s culture of course, only the media is ubiquitous now and hence we get to know. Now, it appears to me in this entire hullabaloo we have failed to address the real issue, and only politicized it. If any government or the police or our courts of law could solve the issue, could stop these heinous crimes I wouldn’t be so worried. No governmental policy or law could save the day; if it could we would have been very fortunate indeed. But alas! Because, my friends, this is a problem that needs to be addressed in our very homes. It starts right there…at home. Because it is right there that we are raising men who think it is alright to throttle and stifle a woman’s dignity. And rape isn’t the only way that is done. And we are raising too many of such men. 

We have no reason to celebrate ourselves. We shouldn’t b celebrating ourselves. We should be afraid very afraid of what we have become. 

Anyway, though I didn’t celebrate Republic Day, I did enjoy the holiday. And a holiday calls for good food. Of course workdays should be no different! Dad had got prawns and though I haven’t cooked prawns until last week or so, I have grown to love cooking them.  So, on tonight’s menu there was Prawn Souvlaki and a Tzatziki with a twist. Instead of cucumber I used capers in my Tzatziki sauce.  Now Souvlaki is a Greek Classic, succulent pieces of grilled meat on skewers, sometimes had on their own at others rolled in pita bread with vegetables and sauces and I am a souvlaki aficionado.  And Tzatziki is my favourite dip. But I had a brand new bottle of capers lying in the fridge and I was dying to use them. So, I used them in my Tzatziki sauce.  

And though it was originally an original idea I realized other great minds like mine had conceived it too. Nonetheless this is my version and I guarantee a superlative culinary experience.

Prawn souvlaki


Prawns (cleaned and heads removed) – 1kg
Crushed garlic – 1 tsp
Olive oil – 4-5 tbsp
Red wine vinegar – 2 tbsp
Oregano – 2 tbsp
Chili flakes – 2 tbsp (or to taste)
Salt to taste 

In a bowl mix all the ingredients to form a marinade and toss in the prawns. Toss well so that the prawns are evenly coated with the marinade.
Preheat oven at 170 degree centigrade. Grill the prawns on skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning ones in between.

Capers Tzatziki


Hung curd – 200 g
Garlic paste – ¼ tsp
Capers (rinsed and drained) – 2 tbsp
Dill – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Chili flakes (optional)
Heavy cream – 2 tbsp
Olive oil – 4tbsp 

In a bowl cream the curd and olive oil together and then stir in all the other ingredients. Store it in the fridge. Serve chilled with piping hot prawn souvlaki.

PS. The Kolkata Food Bloggers (KFB) is celebrating their first birthday on the 27th of January and I am sending this in for the online party!!!


  1. Can finish the whole plate, so tempting and super inviting!

    1. He he Sanoli di, you are always very kind. I'll make it for you one day!!

  2. I love this recipe, wonderful!! & I also love ur view about ur country & how women are treated there! SO TRUE!! It starts at home, those men who rape or assault women are sons, brothers & husbands, how possibly can they ?? I hope & pray, that the society will change for better very soon!

    1. Thank you Lenka. i am so glad you liked the recipe. And yes it sad, the state of affairs in my country when it comes to women, and it's time we hold responsible the real culprits - US, we are the ones who have let this happen and perpetuate, every time we overlooked, ignored, compromised and let go.