Coconut Curry with Prawns

This recipe is a bit different from what I usually cook, and I indeed am stepping out of my comfort zone! I’ll be honest – I don’t like coconuts, and this is quite the only way I actually enjoy them – when it’s coconut cream and it’s used in a sauce or a caramel.

Now this quick dish goes wonderful with steamed rice, fried rice or even pasta sauce!

It is really very simple one to make. We will need:

  • 750 g (1 ⅓ lb) peeled and deveined prawns
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 can (400 ml or 1.7 cups) coconut cream
  • 250 ml (1 cup + 1 tbsp) cooking cream 15% fat or so
  • Salt & black pepper to taste (I put a bit shy of 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp (or more to taste) red hot chili flakes
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil

Let’s get to work.

  1. As usual, start with heating olive oil in large saucepan.
  2. Sautee the onion and garlic until fragrant and lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and chili flakes, and cook on medium heat until tomatoes soften and make a thick sauce.
  4. Stir in the cooking cream, coconut cream and curry powder, bring to boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes to thicken lightly.
  5. Add prawns and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the prawns are cooked – the colour changes from blue-grey to pinkish.
  6. Serve with steamed or fried rice, or add some cooked pasta into the pan – and it’s a great pasta dish!


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