Healthy Penang Prawn Curry With Fragrant Steamed Jasmine Rice Recipe

Thai curries are quick, easy, healthy and really delicious. The trick to a Thai curry is to create the perfect harmony of heat, salt, sweet and sour by using a basic mix of coconut milk, fish sauce, curry paste, lime and sugar. You can make your own curry paste if you have the time and the inclination, but it is really easy to buy good ready-made pastes.

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Cooking time
15 minutes
2 people

Nutritional facts

Calories 550.2 (kcal)
Protein 30.7 (g)
Carbs 48.6 (g)
Fat 26.4 (g)

Recipe Information

Prep: 10-30 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

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  1. Prepare the jasmine rice. Rinse in cold water and the add 300ml (10.55 fl oz) water (enough to cover the rice by half an inch, or to the first joint of your middle finger) to the rice. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and leave for 4 to 5 minutes. Uncover the pan and fluff up the rice to serve. It is authentic not to use salted water — the rice is a completely plain accompaniment to the curry.  
  2. Heat half the coconut milk in a wok or large frying pan until boiling and add 2 tbsp of the curry paste (use red curry as an alternative). Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring all the time, until fragrant.  
  3. Add the fish sauce and palm sugar and stir, then add the peanuts (use crunchy peanut butter alternatively) and the rest of the coconut milk and fry for a minute or two.  
  4. Add the peas, prawns, red pepper, the kaffir lime leaves, a squeeze of lime juice and one of the chillis and simmer for a few minutes until the prawns are pink and the vegetables are just cooked.  
  5. Taste for seasoning — add more chili if you need more heat, or perhaps more fish sauce, some lime juice or sugar — try to get a balance that suits your taste.  
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the Thai basil leaves (use European variety if you cannot get hold of Thai basil) and the remaining chili.  
  7. Serve with the rice and some nam pla prik (bowl of fish sauce with chopped chillis added to it — used like a dipping sauce).