Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dry Curry Prawns With Steamed Turmeric Glutinous Rice

Okay....I know of late, I have been indulging in seafood but I eat in moderation. I love the word moderation :) I managed to get some fairly fresh and big size sea prawns from the shop in Ipoh Garden South selling veggies and seafood....I bought half a kilo and WB asked to cook his all time favourite dry curry prawns with steamed turmeric glutinous rice ( nasi kunyit ).  I told him to help out coz I know he can cook very well esp steamed glutinous rice...hehe so this was actually a team work meal :) 

To make the steamed glutinous rice, WB soaked it for more than 3 hours with a piece of tamarind slice and crushed fresh turmeric. The glutinous rice will turn into a nice yellow color however the crushed tumeric has to be very gently washed out from the rice just before steaming.  The tamarind slice is to give the glutinous rice a shine after steaming.  My glutinous rice is much healthier because instead of adding coconut milk, I add a tbsp of olive oil  :)  Okay, this again is can add coconut milk to give it an extra flavor if you like.   The dry curry turned out good too and it goes really well with the glutinous rice.  Guess what...not only WB ate a too had seconds after my first helping ....hehehe the dry curry prawns was so good that we forgot about cholesterol and carbo.  

The glutinous rice was perfectly done by WB and the curry prawns was of course my creation :p  WB can be a good cook if he wants to ...hahaha I hope he will spend more time in the kitchen cooking for me while I pot around in the garden :)

getting the turmeric soaked glutinous rice ready for steaming

I will give WB full marks for making this steamed glutinous rice
with turmeric...beautifully done

this is my cooking :)....I bought the freshly ground curry paste for dry curry from
the wet market....this dish takes very little effort and darn yummy delicious

wow...I want to make this again......
wait have to carry out
the weight lifting workout first

Dry Curry Prawns With  Steamed Turmeric Glutinous Rice  - from WB's Kitchen

Ingredients for dry curry prawns

1/2 kilo large sea prawns- deveined but keep the shell and head

fresh ground curry paste specially for dry curry from wet market
( I asked the lady to give me enough for 1/2 kilo prawns )

1 stalk serai - crushed
3 to 4 tbsp of olive oil 
2 twigs of curry leaves
1 red onion - sliced

1/2 cup of full cream milk


Heat up wok . Add 3 to 4 tbsp of olive oil , add in the fresh ground curry paste , crushed serai and currry leaves....stir fry till olive oil rises to surface and aromatic.  Add in the prawns and red onions slices and continue to stir fry till the prawns are cooked and the curry paste coats the shell.  Add in 1/2 cup of full cream milk and continue to cook till the gravy thicken and the prawns are coated with the paste. Dish up and serve  hot with the steamed glutinous rice.

Steamed Turmeric Glutinous Rice  / Nasi Kunyit
for two persons


1 thmb size fresh turmeric cut into small pieces and gently crushed
2 muffin cups of glutinous rice - washed clean and soaked with crushed turmeric  and water for 3-4 hours until the rice is stained a rich yellow..

1 piece of tamarind slice
1 tbsp of white peppercorns - wash  clean
1 tbsp of olive oil


Heat up steamer.  

Drain off water from the glutinous rice and gently rinse away crushed turmeric .  Place glutinous rice on a 1 inch deep dish. Grease the dish with olive oil.  Add in white peppercorns and 1 tbsp of olive oil to the glutinous rice until well combined. Place the tamarind piece on top of the rice. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of water onto the washed rice.

When the steamer water is boiling, put in the glutinous rice and steam for 20 mins.  Open lid and check the rice.  It should be glistening and rice is cooked. If not you can add another tbsp of hot water over the rice and close back lid and continue to steam for another 6-7 mins.



  1. Yum yum! Which wet market do u go to?

    1. UTC market....grd floor where they sell the beef and kambing...there a a row of stall selling ground chilli paste...I normally buy form the center stall. Tell her you want for dry curry ( prawns )

    2. Thanks for d info. Used to go to that market with my mum a long time ago. Think I know where those stalls are.

    3. Elin, I just cooked this dry curry prawns for dinner (minus d turmeric glutinous rice because we are not fans of that). My husband loved it. Kept saying, "Nice! Lovely!". Thanks so much for this great yet easy recipe!!!

    4. are welcome and I am glad you tried this recipe out and your hubby loved it :)

  2. Replies
    1. Bill's no need to buy anymore. He can make his own tirmeric yellow rice :p