Coconut Prawn Curry

When it comes to eating simple, aside from stir frys and fried rice, curries are next on my list.  I know there are people who are discouraged at the thought of making curries;  a long list of unheard of ingredients and the kitchen/house smelling like an Indian restaurant.  But on a positive note, I find curries are quite cheap to make and you can “curry”  almost anything  (pardon my questionable use of  English).  For instance, you can “curry” canned beans, legumes (case in point here), frozen peas, mushrooms, potatoes, meat and of course seafood.

I have been in the curry phase lately mainly because I’m craving for the warmth of tropical weather. When I locked eyes with a pile of fresh prawns at my local grocer, I  knew I have to seize the opportunity as fresh prawns are hard to come by when you are living inland. Since having prawn cocktail or prawn salad wouldn’t be winter appropriate,  it is more than just appropriate to turn them into coconut prawn curry.

{Fennel Seeds}

Coconut Prawn Curry

(A fuss free cooking recipe)

Serves 2

Ingredients A:

500g shell on prawns, cleaned & deveined

1 medium sized onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp garam masala (indian mixed spices)

3 curry leaves

Salt & sugar to taste

Chopped chilli /coriander for garnish

Ingredients B:

2 garlic cloves

1/2 inch ginger

A pinch of salt


1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound ingredients B into a fine paste. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can finely chopped them instead.

2. In a pot, heat up 2 tbsps of oil with onion, curry leaves and fennel seeds on a moderate heat. Saute until the onion becomes golden brown.

3. Add ginger-garlic paste, garam masala and turmeric powder. Saute until aromatic. Then add 1/3 cup of  water and allow the pot mixture to bubble on low heat until the oil begins to separate.

4.  Toss in the prawns and quickly, coat them with the spices and saute on low heat for 1 minute. Add more water if the bottom starts to stick.

5. Add coconut milk and let it simmer until boiling point. If you prefer more gravy, you can add more water at this stage. Season with salt and sugar to taste.

6. Garnish with chopped chilli or coriander. Serve while it’s hot!

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27 Responses to Coconut Prawn Curry
  1. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective
    July 8, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    LOVE curries! And i love the use of fennel seeds. Bravo!

    • Emily
      July 8, 2010 | 1:26 pm

      Thanks and welcome to my curry club! :D

  2. roxan
    July 8, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    I too love curry! :) Lovely photos.

  3. Nancy aka SpicieFoodie
    July 8, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    I am with you Curry is one of my favorite things to make and eat. I also agree you can “curry” just about anything:) I make my own curry spice mixes and paste -better that way. Your recipe sounds so so yummy, thanks for sharing.

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 1:45 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      I’ve been wanting to make my own spice mixes/paste but I’m kinda lazy when it comes to this :P That said, there’s no doubt curries with homemade spices will taste much better than the store bought ones. :)

  4. Cannellette
    July 8, 2010 | 7:29 pm

    Wow, this prawn curry looks lovely, and bonus points for the use of fennel seeds, I love them!

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 1:51 pm

      Hi Christel,

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I had the most delicious prawn curry cooked by a friend last year but I was too shy to ask for her recipe. Since then, I have been trying to replicate her curry, which I think there’re fennel seeds in it. That’s how I came about this recipe. :)

  5. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    July 8, 2010 | 9:23 pm

    I’m with you on the list : stir-fry, fried rice, and then curry!

    Great recipe and it looks magnificently good-looking dish!

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 1:59 pm

      Hi Tanantha,

      Thanks for dropping by my site. This recipe started off by trial and error and it became my favourite seafood curry recipe.

  6. A Little Yumminess
    July 8, 2010 | 9:45 pm

    This looks good…I make a variation of this as well…will try yours. Curry leaves is a good addition

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 2:06 pm

      You’ve got to share the recipe of your version, as I’m hunting for good seafood recipes which have been cooked and tested. ;) This may sound a bit silly but whenever I’m not sure about whether curry is authentic enough, I just add curry leaves. :P And thanks for your comment.

  7. penny aka jeroxie
    July 9, 2010 | 5:17 am

    Seafood and coconut – it is such a heavenly combination.

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 2:08 pm

      Hi Penny,

      Thanks for visiting my site.

      I agree, you can’t go horribly wrong with seafood and coconut!

  8. Sara
    July 10, 2010 | 5:22 pm

    8 am and I am already craving! Great combination….have to try it soon. My husband loves seafood and I needed a new twist

    • Emily
      July 11, 2010 | 2:14 pm

      Hi Sara,

      Glad that you like the recipe. I’m a huge seafood lover too and I’m trying to broaden my skills in working with seafood. Good seafood dishes can be a little tricky sometimes.

  9. Adelina
    July 15, 2010 | 12:35 am

    Your pictures are so nice.

  10. kim
    July 25, 2010 | 7:41 am

    Hi, i tried and its sooooooooooo yummy!Thanks heaps!

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  12. Thain
    November 15, 2010 | 11:48 am

    Awesome!!! Great pictures, and the text, and congrats on FP.

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    February 9, 2011 | 7:19 pm

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  15. Mel
    February 10, 2011 | 1:47 am

    This is fantastic. I’ve just bought some prawns and was looking for some curry inspiration! Thanks for your help.

  16. Monica Kapila
    July 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    Love the recipie! Take a look at my version!

  17. Melanie
    August 15, 2011 | 11:08 am

    YUM! Thanks for this recipe, I made it tonight as I had a kilo of prawns in the freezer begging me to create something delicious.

    In hubby’s words, it was ‘scrumptious’!

    • Emily
      August 15, 2011 | 11:16 am

      Hi Melanie,

      I’m so happy that you like the recipe :) Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback…..

  18. Karen Pereira Gomez(India) | My Eyes Tokyo
    September 27, 2011 | 5:05 pm

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