December Recipes: Curry Prawns


December Recipes: Curry Prawns

by Suneeti Rekhari

Christmas Prawn Curry (Or when Prawn Cocktails just won’t do!)

Serves 4 (or 2 v greedy) people


  • 20 King Prawns (shelled, veined, cleaned and tails left on)
  • 2 Spanish onions (diced)
  • 3 tomatoes (chopped finely)
  • 1 Tsp tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely diced)
  • 1 green chilli (or more depending on your heat tolerance) sliced lengthways
  • Handful of fresh curry leaves
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh coriander leaves (chopped finely)
  • 2 Tsp oil salt to taste
  • Spices:
    • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 Tsp Asafoetida powder (you can omit this if you can’t find it in your grocery store)
    • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 Tsp coriander powder
    • 1 Tsp cumin powder
    • 1 Tsp chilli powder


Heat oil in frying pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida powder, fry until they start to sizzle.

Add onion and salt and fry for 3-4 minutes, till nicely caramelised and brown.

Add the rest of the spice powders and fry for 30 seconds.

Add garlic, tomatoes and tomato paste. Fry for 5 minutes, when the oil starts to separate. Add fresh curry leaves and fry for a minute. The kitchen should be smelling like heaven right about now!

Turn up the heat (in the pan) and add prawns. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes – until the prawns turn pink and juicy. Add green chilli.

Your curry is ready. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh coriander and lime wedges. Enjoy watching it disappear in seconds!


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