RECIPE / From the melting pot
Saturday 18 December 1993
Coconut and prawn curry
Ingredients: 20 large prawns, fresh, on the shell and whole
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh green chilli, minced
1/2 in fresh ginger, grated
5oz (140g) block cream coconut
1 lime (for juice)
2tbs vegetable oil
1tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
2 handful of ground almonds
Preparation: Shell and devein prawns. Gather up shells, heads and scraps, crush and cook in slightly more than a pint (about 1/2 litre) of boiling water until reduced to about 1/2 pint (1/4 litre) fish stock. Strain, discarding the remnants. Blanch prawns in boiling water. Heat oil in frying pan. Add onion, garlic, chilli and ginger, cooking until just turning brown. Add dry spices, juice of the lime and salt. Fry quickly, stirring. Add fish stock and coconut, simmer 5 minutes. Liquidise for a smooth sauce if you wish, then reheat. Add prawns and heat for 2 minutes. Thicken with two handfuls of ground almonds. Add prawns, heat through and serve with rice.
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