Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vegetable Prawn Curry

This is not a pure vegetarian curry as it contains tofu puffs and prawns. This curry can be eaten with steamed rice or rice vermicelli. We sometimes eat  bread with the curry instead of rice...gosh, my drools are all over the keyboard just thinking of it.  I used the  fresh curry paste bought from the wet market and two spoonfuls of Alagappa curry powder to cook this curry. The fresh curry paste will give it a more vibrant red color and the aroma of the spices is more stronger than just using curry powder .  My family loves this kind of curry and I learnt how to cook the curry from my mother.  My mother would add salted fish to the curry but since I have cut down on salted fish,  I substituted with sea prawns instead.   The vegetables I used are cabbage, long beans, and eggplants. With the sea prawns added, it elevated the taste of the curry to a higher level.  Simply love it ! Notice the claypot I used here?  It is my favorite claypot :)  I used it to cook curry and stew and sometimes chicken soup. It is convenient as it is served from stove to table :)

I sauted the fresh curry paste and curry powder in a wok till fragrant
then add in the vegetable and stir fry until the vegetables and
tofu puffs has soften after which I dish out
onto the claypot to simmer together with thin
coconut milk. Add the sea prawns last together
with the thick coconut milk

love this curry and it is truly flavorful and aromatic

Vegetable Prawn Curry


5 tbsp of fresh curry paste - from wet market
2 tbsp of Alagappa fish curry powder- mix with 1 tbsp of water to make paste
10 shallots - coarsely pounded
2 stalks of lemongrass - take the white parts and give it a light crush

1/2 kg sea prawns - cut a slit near the head and devein, leave head and shell on
10 strings of longbeans - cut into 1" length
1 large eggplant - cut into strips of  1" length
1/2 med. sized cabbage - cut  into 1" square
8 pieces of tofu puffs - cut into halves

100 ml thick coconut milk
500 ml  thin coconut milk  plus 1 cup water
1 piece of Maggi chicken stock cube
salt to taste
2 tbsp of rice bran oil


1. Heat up oil in a claypot , saute  the shallots, fresh curry paste , Alagappa curry powder paste and lemongrass until fragrant and oil has separated.  Add in the cut vegetables and continue to stir fry till the vegetable has soften.

2. Add in the thin coconut milk , chicken stock  cube water  and continue to simmer under low heat till the vegetables are cooked through and soft.  Add in the prawns and tofu puffs.  Once the prawns are cooked, add in the thick coconut milk and give it a quick boil.  Add salt to taste. Off heat  and serve hot .

Enjoy !

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