Corn fritters with prawn, coconut, peanut and chilli sambal
Makes 12 | prep 25 mins | total time
- 100g tinned sweetcorn kernels
- 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp polenta
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
- ½ red chilli, finely chopped (use the seeds, too), plus extra to garnish
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 12 raw shelled large prawns
- 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
- 100ml coconut milk
- 2 tsp Thai fish sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp shredded coriander, plus extra whole leaves to garnish
Make the corn fritters the day before; chill. They can also be frozen. Warm through before serving
- Put the sweetcorn in a bowl with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, then sift over the polenta, flour and baking powder. Mix together, then mix in the egg. Cover and leave the mixture to rest for at least an hour in the fridge.
- Heat a small wok or frying pan and add half the oil as soon as it begins to get quite hot. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli at once and stir over a medium heat until the garlic begins to colour, then add the desiccated coconut and stir constantly, making sure it doesn't burn. Once it begins to colour, toss in the prawns and continue to stir until the prawns begin to whiten. Tip everything out into a heatproof bowl, then place the wok back on the heat (don't wipe it).
- Add the peanut butter and coconut milk to the wok, and stir well. Bring to the boil and cook until it's reduced to a thick paste. Return the prawn mixture to the wok and cook for 20 seconds, then add the Thai fish sauce, lime juice and coriander and tip into a clean bowl. Season to taste.
- Heat a heavy-based or nonstick frying pan and give the corn mixture a good stir. Lightly oil the pan with the remaining oil and, in batches, drop dessertspoonfuls of the fritter mixture into it. Cook over a moderate heat until golden on each side.
- To serve, top the fritters with the prawn mixture and garnish with coriander leaves and chopped chilli.