Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quick-fried Spicy Prawns

Looking for a mild curry that the whole family would enjoy? This would be it. Although I love spicy food, this is a nice change, it is a mild curry that even my kids like. Another lovely recipe from Mridula Baljekar. Looks like I'm cooking through this book, isn't it, well at least I am, for now! 

The recipe calls for coconut milk, which I do not have, and since I'm lazy to go out and buy some,  so I use fresh milk instead.

Goes really well with plain white rice. Yummy!

Now why is the photo in the cookbook is all red and spicy??  Even the name of this dish is Quick-fried Spicy Prawns, but there is nothing spicy about this dish. I followed exactly as the recipe and even added an extra half teaspoon of chili powder. The only reason is I think my chili powder is not spicy enough. I should look for a fiery chili powder at my next visit to the Indian store! Anyway, this turned out really tasty, a dish that I don't mind cooking again!

I'm sharing this with Full Plate Thursday over at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Quick-fried Spicy Prawns
(adapted from "Curries 500" by Mridula Baljekar)
Serves 4
450gm / 1lb large raw prawns
2.5cm / 1in fresh root ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5ml / 1 tsp hot chili powder
5ml / 1 tsp ground turmeric
10ml / 2 tsp black mustard seeds
seeds from 4 green cardamom pods, crushed
50gm / 2oz / 1-1/4 cup ghee or butter
120ml / 4fl oz / 1/2 cup coconut milk
salt and ground black pepper
30-45ml / 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), to garnish
naan bread, to serve

  1. Peel the prawns carefully, ensuring that the tails are left attached to the main body.
  2. Using a small, sharp knife, make a slit along the back of each prawn and remove the dark vein. Rinse well under cold running water, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  3. Put the ginger, garlic, chili powder, turmeric, mustard seeds and cardamom seeds in a bowl. Add the prawns and toss to coat completely in the spice mixture.
  4. Heat a karahi, wok or large, heavy frying pan until hot. Add the ghee or butter and swirl it around until it begins to foam, taking care to not let it burn.
  5. Add the spiced prawns to the pan and stir-fry for about 1-1/2 minutes until they are just turning pink.
  6. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the prawns are just cooked through. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh coriander and serve immediately, with naan bread.


  1. Yummy. I saw your note on the side. Have you had a lot of problems with people stealing your photos? Unfortunately, it's the Internet so it's hard to stop stuff like that. But I hope it hasn't been a bother.

    Happy Eating :-)

  2. That looks yummy! I love shrimp. Your blog always makes me hungry lol!

  3. Slurp,fingerlicking dish,would love to have with a bowl of rice..

  4. Hello dear friend
    I love the chilly chilli!
    The recipe you are wonderful and your photos, too!
    Greetings and kisses

  5. Emmm...looks delicious! I would love to try this simple dish Joy.

  6. this is mouth watering ..i shall be calling you the ' the queen of curry 'soon. all your curries look so delicious, i've never really attempted indian style of cooking but i will learn from you!

  7. Muy lindo plato se ve muy sabroso al curry,además me gustan mucho los camarones o gambas,abrazos y cariños.

  8. I love this type of indian style curry! Mouth watering...tempting me to try it out!

  9. Prawn curry, yumm.....! Give it to me...;)!!

  10. Curry and prawns..another winning dish! :) Just curious, what chili powder do you use? I heard Baba brand is the best.

  11. Looks flavorful and delicious...what a wonderful meal to prepare for the kids. Blessings, Catherine

  12. yum yum prawns....looks so delicious !

  13. These look delicious! I just bought a whole bunch of shrimp too and am so glad after seeing this! I have a bad craving now.

  14. Hi The Happy Whisk,
    Yes, a couple of bloggers took my posts and photos. It is not possible to stop them, but it would have been polite to ask for permission first. When my posts and photos appears anywhere else, I would like to know! I found out when I google for some ingredients, that's how I knew!
    Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day!

    Hi Priscilla,
    Yeah, I can hear the rumble in your tummy! He! He! :)

    Hi Priya,
    This dish is indeed good with a bowl of rice, make it two bowls!

    Hi magda,
    Thank you! Have a lovely day!

    Hi Dee Bee,
    Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day!

    Hi Shida,
    For a spicier dish, add more chili powder! I'm sure that you will enjoy this!

    Hi lena,
    Queen of curry? You make me giggle! It is just that I love spicy food, the top of my list! And I happen to absolutely love Indian food! You can follow the recipes as they are all really easy and simple to make. Have fun trying!

    Hi Rosita,
    Thank you for stopping by! Have a nice day.

    Hi Ah Tze,
    Do try it out, it is not spicy, you can put less chili powder for an even milder taste. Great with rice.

    Hi Cooking Gallery,
    I'm sending a plate over the Cyber Waves! Enjoy! :)

    Hi KY,
    I've forgotten what brand I use, as I store the chili powder in a container! I think Baba's would be good too. Now am looking for a spicier one!

    Hi Catherine,
    Yes, this is mild enough that the kids can enjoy. Thank you for stopping by.

    Hi Only Fish Recipes,
    Thank you.. have a lovely day!

    Hi Reeni,
    Well, if you do try these out, hope that you'll enjoy this. Have a nice day!

  15. It's just amazing to me. I would never want to use someone's food photos, yet these people think nothing of it. So sorry.

    Thanks for answering. Hope you had a yummy day.

  16. I love prawns and spicy food! This will be the perfect combination for me! Can't wait to try them! Hm...will be perfect with a bowl of rice! :P


  17. Your spicy prawns looks so wonderfully delicious with all the saucy gravy!

  18. Wow! I thought it was just some red pepper flakes with sauteed when I first read your title. That's some great flavor with a creamy gravy. Wonderful!

  19. Hi The Happy Whisk,
    Thank you for checking in again. You have a good and yummy day too! :)

    Hi Amy,
    Yes, this dish is really good with a bowl of rice, or two!

    Hi Angie,
    The gravy is yummy eaten with white plain rice!

    Hi Victor,
    The name is kinda different from the dish, I think it is the chili powder which is not spicy enough, but this dish turned out to be very tasty nevertheless. The plate is cleaned inclusive of the creamy gravy! Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

  20. This is clearly a delicious dish. It has gorgeous color and has the added advantage of not being too hard to make. It is a really nice recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  21. I enjoy heat but sometimes the others flavors just stand out a bit more when there is a little less. I eat seafood occasionally and prawns are a favorite for those occasions, wonderful dish!

  22. Hi Joy,
    I have been standing in line to have a serving of your wonderful Spicy Prawns. They just look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  23. Hi Joy! I love any and all shrimp recipes, but especially curry shrimp. Looks scrumptious!

  24. Sometimes it is nice to have a mild curry. I know my boys will enjoy this very much.

  25. Mmmm...prawn it! I actually love the colour of this curry. I love prawns so I will eat a big bowl with rice...lots of rice...mmmm. I love Korean chili powder. It gives a lovely red colour. Maybe you can try. That's what makes kimchi so pretty red and spicy too. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  26. so yummy!! love prawns, love curry.. I gotta try this!

  27. These shrimp look fabulous and I can only imagine how delicious that sauce is! Have a great weekend!

  28. This dish looks so terrific. I really want shrimp now!

  29. They look amazing, and i´m sure they taste good too!
    Have a nice weekend, hugs:)

  30. Hi friends
    Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comment. Have a great weekend!

  31. Sharing this great recipe on my Wednesday post, thanks so much!

  32. Oh my, this is a perfect family recipe, I will make it soon!