Kerala prawn curry

Kerala prawn curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

Warm up the coldest day with a creamy coconut milk curry - it's got quite a kick!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
294
protein
31g
carbs
8g
fat
16g
saturates
8g
fibre
0g
sugar
0g
salt
2.76g

Ingredients

  • 2 red chillies split, cut into quarters lengthways and seeded
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2½ cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seed
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 14 curry leaves, fresh or dried
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 250g jumbo prawns, leave some with their tails on if you like
  • 150ml reduced-fat coconut milk

To serve

  • a squeeze of lime
  • chopped fresh coriander, plus a sprig or two
  • freshly boiled basmati rice

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Method

  1. In a food processor, blitz the chillies, onion and ginger with 3 tbsp water into a smoothish paste – you may need to scrape it down the sides.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy pan or wok. When hot, toss in the mustard and fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves – they’ll crackle and pop – and fry for 10 seconds. Add the onion paste, turn the heat down a tad and cook without colouring for about 5 minutes. Splash in some water if it starts to catch.
  3. Add the turmeric and cracked peppercorns and stir the spices around for a few seconds before tipping in the prawns. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer, stirring all the time. The milk will take on a yellow colour from the turmeric. Cook for 1 minute until everything’s heated through. Squeeze over some lime, sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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amywalsh1985's picture
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Wowzers - this was HOT! Very very easy, very tasty. Yum Yum Yum - will definitley make again. I didn't have black mustard seeds so just used normal, and didn't have fenugreek seeds - just ground fenugreek, so maybe it didn't taste strictly like it should but it was so good. I am very suprised to see someone further above say this was bland and not spicy - my eyes were streaming! My chilli's must have been particularly hot. I did find it slightly lacking in seasoning so I added soy sauce for some saltiness (but I do love salty food)

mickeydownunder1's picture
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This was FANTASTIC, TRUE!
LOVED the ease and simplicity too!
Would HIGHLY recommend people take the time and make, TRUE!
Used black mustard seeds and for me added finely sliced chilli on top too! Thank you!
Served it in a radicchio cup instead of rice, as is not on my lifestyle list to have or do! :)

ladynellington's picture
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Made this many times with homemade naan bread...gorgeous!!

jocjoc's picture
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I was disappointed by this curry. I found this very bland with no heat at all. I used the long red chillis. Not one I'll be making again :-(

ladynellington's picture
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Oh yum - this is very delicious, I recommend serving it simply in a bowl with naan bread and no rice for a lovely mid-week meal!

tahopkins's picture
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Absolutely fab!

pajohudson's picture

Quick Question. Im looking at cooking this next week, It may sound stupid but would using Full Fat Coconut Milk make it taste as nice/nicer or is it low fat for a reason? I'm my experience the low fat options may be better on the waist line but don't usually taste as good.
Thanks.

susipetherick's picture

Delicous

joanark's picture

This received top marks from the fussy hubby! I only used one red chilli. I marinated the prawns in salt, pepper, paprika, sweet chilli sauce and a tea spoon of vinegar for ten min. I added small amount of cumin powder, sweet chilli sauce and brown sugar when cooking as it was too sour for me. I did add the prawns and toss them for a bit but then removed them as the sauce had not thickened in time. I thickened the sauce on high then reduced to simmer and added the prawns in at the end with some chilli flakes and again adjusted with salt and sugar to taste. I did not add the lime or coriander. I left lid on for a few min and the prawns were just lovely and the sauce delicious!

poisonivy73's picture
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Easy, fast and delicious. I didn't have fenugreek seeds but substituted a couple of pinches of ground fenugreek and it worked perfectly well. Very nice with yoghurt drizzled over the top if you find it's a bit too spicy.

eva_anita's picture
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I live in India and we get red chillies that are really spicy here. 2 was definitely too many, I should have just added 1. Lime juice helped to reduce the hotness a bit. But the end all I could taste was fiery chilli and coconut milk, to me the curry lacked depth. Maybe because I'm used to the Indian way of cooking now where you add more spices and the taste is always seems more complex, richer. I thought I fried the spices enough but maybe I didn't hence it tasted flat to me. Any advice here? Also, 1 tbsp of oil is not enough I feel, if I look at the uploaded photo I am positive that the amount of oil used to prepare that dish was more. In short, it came out edible but I won't be making it again. I'll try some other recipes from here. Thanks!

carprarue's picture
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Great recipe and very easy! Would work well with coconut rice, and would leave the prawns after the coconut milk. They just need 3 minutes to cook, otherwise they shrink and you end up with dwarf prawns!

smariec's picture
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I also found that the spice was right but it did taste very bland. Not sure if I did something wrong?

dawnys's picture

I loved this curry! The only tweeking I did was to add a little sugar and I also left the seeds in the chilli as we like some heat. I couldn't get black mustard seeds either so just used ordinary mustard seeds. Will definately make again and again delicious!!

jvieira's picture
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very tasty

mmm_food's picture
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Made this for the girlfriend and I and followed the recipe religiously.
After reading so many positive reviews, as curry lovers, we expected this to be a tasty dish but it was simply awful.
Complete waste of ingredients.
Perfect amount of spice but, the dish was completely lacking in flavour to the point where we both gave up after a few mouthfuls.
Entirely disappointed :(

kali_d's picture
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So easy and tasty. Will make this one a regular!

shauhouzi's picture
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really easy and restaurant class dish!

steve_withnell's picture
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This was OK. It was hot but felt the flavour lacked depth, maybe something I didn't get quite right. I do like Keralan food, but this didn't quite do it for me. I followed the recipe to the letter and did not change or substitute items.

pixie21's picture
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i've been keen to try this recipe for a while thinking it would be a dish that i would love. but me and my husband both agreed that it was really spicy (which we loved), but very bland. Which i thought was funny as it smelt great whilst cooking! And the kitchen stank for a week. Not a recipe I'll be doing again.

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