One-pan prawn pilau

One-pan prawn pilau

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(106 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 mins


Serves 4
Make an exotic meal without fuss with this one-pan prawn pilau

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein18g
  • salt2.38g
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  • 2 tbsp korma curry paste (Patak's is good)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300g basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • 700ml chicken stock made from a cube
  • 150g pack cooked peeled prawns, defrosted if frozen



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • cupful frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 1 red chilli, sliced into rings



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • lemon wedges, to serve



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat a large wide pan and dry-fry the curry paste with the onions for 4-5 mins until the onion begins to soften. Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat in the curry paste. Add the stock, then bring to the boil.

  2. Cover the pan and turn the heat down to low. Leave the rice to simmer slowly for 12-15 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Turn off the heat and stir in the prawns, peas and chilli. Cover the pan and leave to stand for 5 mins.

  3. Fluff up the rice grains with a fork and season if you want. Scatter over the coriander and serve with lemon wedges.

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18th Nov, 2011
Amazingly tasty for so few ingredients. Easy recipe to follow & make, it's now been added to the family recipe book and will be made again.
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20th Oct, 2011
Got home from work. Took out some prawns to defrost and cooked some onions in the meantime. Used Patak's Jalfrezi sauce. (and a small fresh chilli from a plant.) Result? Lovely. This is a great recipe - substitute the prawns for anything at all - vegetarian or otherwise. It doesn't seem like really "cooking" but it actually is. And the result is very tasty. And despite this lengthy review, it is simple and easy and pretty quick to do. (as long as you have some "basic" ingredients of course!)
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12th Sep, 2011
made this tonight for tea it had plenty of flavour and easy to do.
3rd Sep, 2011
easy to make and tastes fantastic. Two thumbs up
29th Jul, 2011
Easy and delicious. As said previously left the fresh chilli until after I had served the kids, and they loved it.
11th Jul, 2011
This was very tasty!!! I exchanged Korma for Balti paste ... and swapped peas for chickpeas. I also threw in a handful of roasted cashew nuts which went very well with it. It was a little spicy ... but I think I was a little over-enthusiastic with the Balti paste ... very yummy though... will make again!!! ...oh, mine needed extra water as the rice was cooking ... so just keep an eye on it!!!!
11th Jul, 2011
Gorgeous and easy to make too, highly recommend!!! Yummy!
16th Jun, 2011
I have read all the comments and am certainly going to try the recipe, just one question: are we talking about pre-boiled basmati rice as that is the only one we have in Holland
14th Jun, 2011
great for all the family they loved it, I used green thai curry paste which was great.
14th Jun, 2011
all the family loved it, I used green thai curry paste


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