Monday, November 4, 2013

Jo's Yummy Prawn Curry

How can one not try the seafood options available when living on an island? And we've been eating only red meat as NZ is well known for its red meat. I went shopping on my own this weekend and hence decided to pick up some prawns. I did wanna pick up some clams as well but put that away for the next time.

I made this curry in a hurry and with readymade coconut cream. It was delicious nonetheless and a match made in heaven when had with kerala appams. I used the double horse brand ready mix for easy palappams.

Also, please do excuse the lazy me as I continue to take the pics either after we've eaten our fair share for the day and with my humble phone camera.

Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 25-30 minutes

Ingredients ( Serves 4) :

  1. 500g of prawns - cleaned and deveined
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 4 sambar/pearl/pickle onions
  4. 4 cloves of garlic
  5. 1 inch piece of ginger
  6. 2 tsp red chilli powder
  7. 1 tsp coriander powder
  8. 400ml of thin coconut milk/cream (or) 200g of thick coconut cream diluted in water
  9. 1/2 cup of water + more for the coconut milk
  10. 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  11. 4 tbsp oil
  12. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  13. A handful of curry leaves
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Chopped coriander to garnish

How I made it:


  1. Grind the onions, pearl onions, garlic, ginger to a fine paste in the mixie.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add the mustard seeds when oil is hot.
  4. When they stop spluttering, add curry leaves. 
  5. Add the onion paste from step 1.
  6. Fry on medium flame for 10-12 minutes till the fat separates. It takes longer for this step to complete as onion paste takes some more time as well as more oil to fry well. 
  7. Add red chilli powder and coriander powder.
  8. Fry for a minute and then add the tamarind paste in 1/2 cup of water. 
  9. Let it boil for 3-4 minutes and add the coconut milk. 
  10. Adjust salt. 
  11. Once it comes back to a boil, add the prawns.
  12. Cook until the prawns turn pink. Do not cook beyond this else the prawns tend to get rubbery in texture.
  13. Turn off heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or appams.

Now this is a keeper of a base for any kind of meat curry that needs to be made in a hurry.