First posted: Jun 25, 2013

Coconut Prawn Curry for Top Billing


Last week, I shared some of the behind-the-scenes stories and snapshots of my day with the Top Billing team, and I promised that I’d soon deliver to you the Coconut Prawn Curry that I made for our beautiful guest, Lerato Kganyago. Well folks, with much curry love, here it is. I should add that while the prawns can more than hold their own as the hero of this dish, I’ve included white fish and mussels in the list below too, so that if you like you can add them in for a real party in your pot.



Cooks in:        Serves:4

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp each of ground cumin, dried coriander and dried chilli flakes
  • 1-2 tsp medium strength curry powder
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, roughly peeled and grated
  • 1 tin chopped, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 2 tsp sugar (or to your taste, you might need more than this)
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed butternut
  • 4 hake fillets, about 125g each, roughly sliced
  • 1 medium-sized bag of half-shelled frozen mussels, defrosted and well-rinsed
  • 12-16 prawns, de-veined but with shells on
  • 2 Tbsp each of chopped fresh parsley and coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup basmati rice, cooked according to packet instructions, to serve as a side dish

What to do

1. Start cooking your basmati rice in a separate pot according to the packet instructions.

2. In a large saucepan on med-high, heat the olive oil and then add the onion. Stir for about 2 minutes and then add the spices, garlic and ginger.

3. Stir for a further minute, then add the tinned tomatoes. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often.

4. Meanwhile, cook the butternut in a microwave-proof dish on high for about 6 minutes. (Alternatively cook in a pot of salted boiling water until soft). Chop the fish fillet and rinse the mussels if you have not already done so.

5. Add the coconut milk and sugar to the tomato mixture and check the seasoning.

6. Add in the hake fillet pieces, the prawns, mussels and the cooked butternut, put the lid on the pot and simmer for 5 minutes or until the seafood is cooked through.

7. Check the seasoning again and then serve over the basmati rice with fresh parsley and coriander.

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