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Prawn Curry with Coconut (Shrimp Curry with Coconut)

How to clean Prawn (Shrimp) ?

Prawn (shrimp) can be cleaned easily without wasting much of shrimp.

  • Remove the head by twisting it off.
  • Peel off the shell by beginning at the thicker end on top and moving down to tail.
  • Remove tail by pinching and pulling off the tail shell slowly since tails are completely edible. (Keep the tail if you are serving prawn (shrimp) as an appetizer.)
  • Clean vein by cutting prawn's (shrimp) back just enough to expose vein and then removing the vein off.
  • Finally rinse the prawn (shrimp) with clean and cold water.

Recipe is published with permission of author Ms. Amanda (


450 g (1 lb) peeled prawns
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 tomatoes, skinned and diced
100g (4 oz) frozen peas
2 small whole dried red chillies (optional)
400 ml (14 fl oz) water
50 g (2 oz) desiccated (dry) coconut
25 g (1 oz) creamed coconut
2 teaspoon ground coriander or coriander seeds
25 g (1 oz) tamarind pods
4-5 curry leaves
1 green chilli, seeded and cut in half
40 g (1.5 oz) fresh ginger root, peeled & finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
25 g (1 oz) ghee or 2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
salt to taste

Soak the tamarind pods in a teacup of hot water for 10-15 minutes and extract the pulp.
Meanwhile rinse the prawns and drain well. Put the desiccated coconut in a bowl with 300 ml/0.5 pint of the water and leave for 10 minutes.
Blend the desiccated coconut with the soaking liquid and strain to get a creamy milk. Set the leftover pulp on one side. Place the creamy milk in a saucepan, add the creamed coconut, peas, curry leaves, green chilli, ginger, tomatoes and tamarind pulp, cover and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Heat 1 teaspoon of the ghee or oil in a separate pan and gently fry the fenugreek seeds, coriander and red chilli until the fenugreek turns light brown. Do not let the mixture burn and darken. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, then blend this mixture with the reserved coconut pulp and the remaining water to make a fine paste.
Heat a further1 tablespoon of the ghee or oil and fry the prawns until dry. Add the blended paste and gently fry for 5-6 minutes. Then transfer and stir this into the simmering coconut milk mixture and add salt.
6 Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Before serving fry the onion in the remaining ghee or oil then spoon it over the prawn curry.
7 If preferred remove the chilli halves, and serve with boiled rice.
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