Prawn curry and inanimate neighbours


Things aren’t looking good: I had a conversation with a plastic bag this afternoon. Obviously not a conversation in the strictest sense of the word —  more of a mad monologue if precision is called for. My neighbour covers her scarecrow with a plastic bag to protect it from the rain. Which, come to think about it, is pretty random;  If her aim is to hoodwink the birds, then why not a raincoat? Birds may be somewhat mentally-challenged, but I’m sure they know that people tend to wear raincoats and not plastic bags in the rain. Anyway, rushing along the track, blinded by the sun, I thought the plastic bag was my neighbour, which probably isn’t very flattering. But then again, who cares what somebody who shoots the breeze with a plastic bag thinks?

The spices in curry are packed full of antioxidants, which are, amongst other things, very effective at helping the brain to function properly 🙂

Ingredients (serves 4)

500g raw prawns, peeled and rinsed

Juice of half a lemon

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

2 onions, chopped and sliced

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

150g tomato purée

1 tin of sliced mango

250ml fish or chicken stock

1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger

3 lime kaffir leaves

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon curry powder

1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (or a fresh chilli, finely chopped)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup of frozen peas

Squeeze the lemon juice onto the prawns and set aside. Melt the coconut oil in a deep frying pan or casserole and gently brown the onions, garlic and cumin seeds. Once the onions are translucent, add the mangos, tomato purée, stock and spices and bring to a gentle boil to reduce the liquid. Add the peas and cook for about 15 minutes. Add the prawns and cook for a further ten minutes. Serve immediately with basmati rice.

8 responses to “Prawn curry and inanimate neighbours

  1. Mmmm, that curry looks so good. I love the sound of it and the inclusion of sliced mango must be lovely. I shall bookmark this one. Must say I did chuckle at the thought of you chatting away with a plastic bag covered scarecrow 🙂

    • 😆 The mango really makes it in my opinion, especially if you let it caramelise a bit… Do let me know what you think if you make it.

      Bon weekend 🙂

      • Hi Fiona….I made it and it was SERIOUSLY good 🙂 My husband and I loved it and we both said we would want to make it again for friends. The mango I used almost disappeared into the sauce which was just fabulous adding a lovely subtle sweetness to the whole dish. I totally loved it and cannot wait to make it again. Great job 🙂

      • I’m so glad you liked it! I served it to friends on Saturday accompanied by my chickpea pancakes. It all disappeared pretty fast! Best thing is it’s soooo easy. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  2. I love the addition of the mango, and curry is wonderful. Lovely dish, quick and easy. A chat with a scarecrow, LOL, hopefully he didn’t start talking back.

  3. Every time I see a plastic bag during a windy weather I remember “American Beauty”, and my husband and I always laugh quoting: “There is so much beauty in the world” 😉

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