Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Karri koko (prawn currycooked in coconut milk

I adore seafood, well I would coming from an island in the middle of the Indian ocean. On todays menu is a delightful prawn curry with coconut milk . Carri coco means a curry that is made with coconut.

Serves 4.
Coconut prawn curry

2 tbsp oil veg/sunflower oil

150g (5oz) onions, sliced

3 green chillies, sliced

100ml (3 1/2fl oz)coconut milk

350g (12oz) large peeled raw prawns

15g (1/2 oz) tamarind pulp (I buy mine from oriental supermarket its in a jar and can be stored in the fridge very handy to have)

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper

1tsp grated ginger

1tsp chopped garlic

1tbsp massale

For massalé:

2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cardamom pods
1 tsp cloves
small piece of cinnamon
1 tsp ground chilli
1 tsp grated nutmeg
Method :
Dry roast the coriander seeds,cumin seeds,black peppercorns, cardamon pod and the clove,be careful and dont let them burn the flavour of the massale will be greatly affected. Dry roast them until they are aromatic a few secs is all that is needed. Grind all dry ingredients in a coffee grinder or if you like have a go in the pestle and mortar(I've never been clear as to which is which,is the pestle the bowl?)Set them aside to cool a little and then grind ,add the chilli and the freshly grated nutmeg.Store in an air tight container, use this massale for the curry.


Fry the onions ,garlic,ginger together until soft and very aromatic, add the green chillies and the massale. Mix and add the coconut milk. Lower the heat and simmer add the tamarind pulp . Continue cooking until all the ingredients are cooked and the sauce is thickened.

Add the large peeled prawns , I had some shell on prawns that I've used for todays dish .I love to suck the shells ,but more importantly they add a fishiness to the sauce which it so delightful.It makes a lovely prawn stock.

The dish is done when the prawns are no longer grey but pink and the sauce is thick.Serv with steamed basmati rice.

As a family we all sit around the table discussing the days events,whilst sucking and peeling prawns.Using all of our senses

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