Don't you agree that food should still be the priority amid the busy lives we go through every day? I am sure many of you will support my answer of a "BIG" yes to the question. After all, when we are hungry, we are unable to focus on what we are supposed to do. There were days I have missed my crucial meals, simply because I got carried away with other priorities. I have learned my lessons that eating on time is very important. I rather put my eating habits in place than spending on doctor's fees.
Certain days I don't have the luxury of utilizing an hour for my lunch. When I have to eat at my desk, I don't mind a quick bite to fill up my tummy. Instead of rushing out to get a meal, I pack lunch from home. Though bread is not my favorite, it’s still accepted because fussing about food is not going to get me anyway. Thus I depend on sandwich fillings like this prawn paste which can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge.
You can dig into the paste anyhow you like for e.g.: stuffed/ filled into toasted bread slices; as a condiment for rice or to eaten with noodles. I also reach out to the paste for my other half's hunger pangs. He prefers bread for his night meal and it so easy to prepare the sandwiches. Toast the bread slices, spread the paste and add sliced cucumbers and tomatoes on top. Close up with another toasted bread slice.
Have a meal on the go with this basil flavored spicy prawn paste sandwich.
For the paste
1cup dried prawns - soaked in water for 15 mins, drain off and pound/ground coarsely
2-3 tbsp fresh red chili paste
1 tbsp shallot paste
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
2 tbsp tamarind/asam juice
A small handful of basil leaves
3 tbsp oil
Sugar and salt for taste
When oil is heated, fry chili, shallot and ginger paste.
Stir and cook till oil splits.
Add prawns and continue stirring for another 3-4mins.
Pour in tamarind juice and season with sugar and salt.
Continue to stir till you get a thick paste.
Off the heat and drop the leaves inside.
Give another good stir.
Let it cool down and store in the fridge.
To make the sandwiches, spread the paste on toasted bread;
Add cucumbers and tomatoes on top and close up with another bread slice.