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Prawns in coconut gravy

Pierre (who likes cooking too, but not all day) bought this new Indian cookbook because it's 1) simple with short cooking instructions 2) easily obtainable ingredients 3) and requires a limited number of them.:-) This is in contrast to our other main Indian cookbook which has authentic but complicated recipe with authentic - and as such hard to find - ingredients. However as simple the recipes were, the new book ended up like many of those books, sitting on the shelf neglected. But as I was browsing through my little library the other day, it practically jumped out in front of me shouting 'Me! Me! Me!' (the poor little thing:-) ).

Prawns in coconut gravy

(taken from Bôllyfood by Marie-Laure Tombini)

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

  • 250 g cooked prawns
  • 1 onion (sliced thinly)
  • ½ yellow or green bell pepper (cut into small cubes)
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (pulped)
  • 1 tbsp coriander (chopped)
  • ½ tbsp turmeric
  • 10 cl or 100 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt
Prawn in coconut gravy ingredients
  1. Peel the prawns, keeping the tail part.
  2. Heat oil in a preheated wok or pan, sauté the onions till soft.
  3. Add in the garlic, ginger, bell pepper, coriander and turmeric. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Throw in the prawns and make sure it is well incorporate with the spice mixture before pouring in the coconut milk.
  5. Season it with salt and let it cook for about 3 or 4 minutes.
  6. Serve it hot with plain rice.
Coconut gravy prawns
The Verdict

This dish is actually flavourful and tasty. I was pretty much taken by surprised, as I tend to be doubtful of "simplified" cooking. The prawns and the coconut milk give it a tint of sweetness. It's also a nice surprising change from spicy ones we usually have, and as such it's a good recipe for those who can't take spicy food or have young children.

prawns in coconut gravy
#1, by anh (08/03/2007)

This is a great dinner! Delicious yet Simple and fuss-free!

#2, by Lydia (08/03/2007)

Simple dishes are often the best. This one looks terrific!

#3, by lynn (08/03/2007)

I love this recipe. I could find all the ingredients and it looks super simple to make. Thanks!

#4, by Chris (08/03/2007)

"...it's a good recipe for those who can't take spicy food or young children."

Awesome, I can't take young children, so I'll give this one a try!;-)

Seriously though, looks good -- and I too am a fan of simpler dishes.

#5, by Little Corner of Mine (08/03/2007)

Hey, simple meal is always my priority! LOL!

#6, by Kelly Mahoney (08/04/2007)

I could even manage this recipe:-) And the result is so colorful too.

#7, by Bon Vivant (08/04/2007)

I too have found that authentic Indian recipes take about a half day to cook due to processing all of the different spice mixtures that go into a dish.

I do enjoy a good shrimp curry so I will have to try this recipe.

#8, by claudia (08/05/2007)

looks like a great simple and very flavorfil dish! bravo!!!

#9, by Judy (08/05/2007)

I should try this when my daughter gets home from her Greek summer camp. I don't want her to miss out as she loves prawns.

By the way, what is the blue can next to the coconut milk?

#10, by Cynthia (08/05/2007)

Alright, you are going to need to stop doing this to me. We have had the talk about me not getting prawns here unless I sell my car! (lol) The curry is calling my name.

#11, by tyree white (08/06/2007)

you have some great cooking abilities.

#12, by Amy (08/06/2007)

This dish looks fabulous!

#13, by Patricia Scarpin (08/06/2007)

My best friend would love this dish!

#14, by Nora (08/06/2007)

Hmmm...so simple yet so flavourful.

#15, by yich (08/07/2007)

Looks like straight from a restaurant menu!! I am sure the gravy over rice is very nice:-)

#16, by The Cooking Ninja (08/08/2007)

@Chris: oops! typo error.:-)

@Judy: Your daughter and my other half can go on a prawn makan trip together. hehehe ... he loves prawns very much. When we were in S'pore, my mom cooked a big plate of prawns (different style each time) for him only every day.:-) The blue can is salt (pai seh).

@Cynthia: hehehe...sorry. Blame it on the supermarket in our area. They recently had these prawns on sale. We just replenished our stock but this time, they are big prawns...yummy. They were going for 8 euros/kg.:-D Tell me how not to pass it up.

@tyree white: Thank you for your compliments.

@Patricia: Hope your friend like it as we did.:-)

#17, by joy (08/10/2007)

Prawns, rice and coconut - what more can I ask for??? Yummy yum yum.

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