30-Minutes or Less!/ Recipes: Non-Vegetarian

Quick, Simple Meal Ideas: Shrimp Sambal

I recently received an email from a mom who wanted a few well-balanced meal ideas that would cook in 30 minutes or less – exactly like this Shrimp Sambal. When it comes to prepping and planning our weeknight dinners, here’s the guide I follow – pick a veggie, a protein and a carb. Then follow tried and tested family favourite recipes, that you can cook with one hand tied behind your back and you will never fail at putting a delicious meal on the table.

Recipe for Shrimp Sambal taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Our weeknight dinners are, for the most part, simple, quick meals. For our protein, I generally opt for a quick curry style wherein I know that after the initial 8-10 minutes of chopping, sautéing and seasoning, I can then leave it to simmer and trust that the dish will come together with no more babysitting on my part. Veggies are great roasted or as a quick stir-fry, or just chopped and thrown into a salad. Top this with some rice, bread or any other grain of choice and you’re done! Here are a few meal combinations that I often fall back on, that come together with minimal effort and time:

Meal Option A:
Dahiwali Chicken Curry
Alu Palak
– Rice

Meal Option B:
Roast Veggie Pesto Pasta
– Salad
– Garlic Bread

Meal Option C:
– Egg Curry
Mushroom & Peas Pulao
– Salad / Raita

Meal Option D:
Tadka Dal
Matar Paneer
– Rotis / Rice

Meal Option E:
Chana Masala
Jeera Pulao
– Salad

Meal Option F:
Chilli Tofu
Nasi Goreng

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (and if you’re not, then what are you waiting for?), you’ll know that I often post pics of what we eat for dinner. You’ll also notice that at least once every 7-10 days, our dinner includes some form of Sambal (mostly egg or shrimp), stir-fried veggies and rice. And the sole reason for this is because it is one of Baby Dear’s favourite meals. What can I can say, the kid loves robust flavours.


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 15-20 medium-sized shrimp peeled and deveined
  • chopped green onions for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan and sauté garlic and onions till soft and lightly browned. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds.
  • Stir in tomato paste and tamarind concentrate, and fry for a few seconds to mix well with the spices and onions. Throw in chopped tomatoes, season with salt and cook covered till tomatoes start to soften and pulp.
  • Slowly add in the shrimp, and stir-fry with the tomato mixture to coat. Cook covered for a few minutes till shrimp is cooked through, garnish and serve warm.

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  • Reply
    November 10, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    5 stars
    i tried this dish , it was amazing! 🙂

  • Reply
    October 17, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    5 stars
    This looks fab! Such great meal ideas.

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    Julie Dyer
    October 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    5 stars
    Your recipe looks so, so good! I want to cook something special for my hubby’s birthday — maybe shrimp sambal will be it!

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    Alexis Abel
    October 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    5 stars
    I love this idea and this recipe looks amazing! Definitely pinning and bookmarking this to make soon!

  • Reply
    October 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I love tamarind. Your list of meals is fantastic as well, will make a note – definitely need more weeknight meals in my repertoire.

  • Reply
    September 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    5 stars
    This was amazing. I made it for dinner last night with some rice, and we all licked our plates clean!

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    Krissy Allori {self proclaimed foodie}
    September 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    5 stars
    Oh wow, that looks delish! Can’t wait to try.

  • Reply
    September 27, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    5 stars
    This looks amazing, I love all of the meal options.

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    Rasa @ This Fox Cooks
    September 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I’m completely addicted to tamarind and this looks like the perfect balance of flavours. Totally trying this – thanks!

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