Creamy Prawn Curry

Nuvita Biscuits

Fill the air with exotic aromas when you make this sensational prawn curry.


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 5cm piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons madras curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1.5kg large green prawns, peeled, deveined, tails intact


Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Add ginger. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until softened. Add curry powder, chilli powder and turmeric. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add tomatoes, cinnamon and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

Slowly add coconut cream, stirring constantly. Add stock. Increase heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.


Reduce heat to low. Add prawns. Cook for 3 minutes or until prawns just turn pink. Discard cinnamon. Serve.




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jonathan on Feb 5, 2013

    Anything like pilau, briyani, kebabs, samosa’s and other indian sweets.

    Thank you in advance to everyone. ; )

  2. posted by Roflcopter on Mar 22, 2013

    What is a good diet plan for a 13 year old, with the height of 5’3, and with the weight of 113? I know it sounds like I’m at a normal weight, but I look fat, and I feel fat. When I overeat, I feel like poop. Please give me a good diet plan! I would appreciate it alot! Thanks! 😀

  3. posted by nothin_nyce1 on Mar 25, 2013

    how is mughlai food prepared?
    how and when did it originate?
    what spices are used?
    what are the famous dishes?

  4. posted by kerrin marz on Mar 25, 2013

    My parents want to go to an indian restauraunt tomorrow for dinner. I am currently on weight watchers, and I want to stay as close as I can within my weight range. I plan on eating very light in the morning, but I’m still looking for some good options to choose that are fairly lower in points, so that I don’t go too overboard. If you could give me a rough estimate of the points values also (doesn’t have to be exact), that would be great!!

  5. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 25, 2013

    Will a curry made with low fat coconut milk and prawns be fattening?

  6. posted by Joey 01 on Mar 25, 2013

    bhuna, patia, korma, dopiaza??

  7. posted by Cpt Excelsior on Mar 25, 2013

    Hi, me and my boyfriend love indian food and although Im a good cook, i havent mastered indian yet so has anyone got any good recipes i can try for curries with chicken or prawns – thanks. Oh and ps…not the creamy kind, Im tryin to look after myself lol

  8. posted by have faith on Mar 25, 2013

    For those of you that live in DC, where is the best place to go for my B-day this weekend for sushi and drinks? Just for me and about 6 friends to hang out of a while. Thanks!

  9. posted by JimT on Mar 25, 2013

    I know that horchata is a traditional drink, but in common drinks I get thrown off, when I was in Copan, Tela, San Pedro Sula, and Cortez, the only thing I saw people drinking was Coca Cola (with the exception of Mayan Cola and Dry Copan)

  10. posted by wwwavid360gamercom on Mar 25, 2013

    1. Mature cheddar, and diced spring onions
    2. red Leicester cheese and creamy crunchy coleslaw (homemade)
    3. icelandic prawns in garlic mayo
    4. Coronation chicken (cooked chicken breast in a curried mayo with mango chutney)
    5. Rich Chili (cubes of steak, not mince, with onions in a rich sauce of tomatoes, cumin, chilis garlic and herbs)
    6. All day breakfast – scrambled eggs, diced best butchers sausages and smoked back bacon
    7. diced ham, mushrooms and onion in a creamy thick cheese sauce
    8. Barbecued chicken and bacon in barbecue sauce
    9. Best dairy butter
    10. garlic mushrooms with mixed peppers, and onions
    Everything is homemade, freshly cooked today

  11. posted by Squall Leonhart on Mar 25, 2013

    I’ve just gotten back my privilege to cook as I was grounded for two weeks and I’m still organising what I am going to cook this week. We are a family of 5 but my twin siblings aren’t on solids yet. Each day may sound like a lot of food but my parents and I eat a lot, we’re all foodies but it doesn’t look like that when you meet us. After having take aways for pretty much the past two weeks mum has asked I cook healthier meals which is a new one to me because we normally eat a lot of rich foods.

    Monday: Chicken Thai Green Curry as the main course with roasted goats cheese and bread as a starter.

    Tuesday: Black bean chilli with brown rice as the main course with chicken noodle soup as a starter.

    Wednesday: Spaghetti Carbonara with mushrooms, spinach and red peppers as the main meal with spicy chicken wings as a starter

    Thursday: Chicken Kievs with honey glazed vegetables and garlic fried mushrooms and sliced new potatoes (also garlic friend) as the main course with prawn toast as a starter

    Friday: Ham and Mushroom pie as the main course and vegetable soup for starter

    Saturday: Homemade Pizza, Chicken Cesar Salad and Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Risotto – I normally make smaller amounts of food on a Saturday and we put what we want on our plates and eat in front of the TV instead of at the table.

    Sunday: Boeuf Bourguignon as the main course with salad as a starter

  12. posted by nmlpc on Mar 25, 2013

    prawn & coconut milk dish – Thai

  13. posted by Praveen on Mar 25, 2013

    this must sound an incredibly stupid question ,but i am visiting a thai restaurant for the first time ever tommorow and i have no idea of what type of food to expect! what kind of dishes can anyone recommend please.
    ill try almost anything, but not raw food.
    all advice greatly appreciated thankyou xxx

  14. posted by nathan on Mar 25, 2013

    I am on a diet and am going out to a English resturant. I know that most of the foods below are bad, and that really I should adopt the “it is only once” but what, from each course, is likly to be the best (or least damaging)!! I hate it when I have plenty of choice!


    Homemade Soup of the Day with Crsty Bread
    Prawn Cocktail

    Crispy Vegetables:Mushrooms, Calabresse & Baby Corn with a Spicy Dip

    Sizzling Prawns in Garlic Butter

    Corn on the Cob


    Half Crispy Fried Chicken topped with Barbeque Sauce

    Grilled Gammon Steak with Egg or Pineapple

    Chicken Kiev with Salad

    Grilled Chicken Breast in a Light Lemon Sauce

    Deep Fried Breaded Scampi

    Prawn Provencale with Rice

    Homemade Vegetable Lasagne

    Homemade Vegetable Curry & Rice

    Homemade Vegatable Chilli

    Leek & Aubergine Bake

    Spinach & Mushroom Pancakes topped with Cheese

    Steak & Kidney Pudding

    Toad-in-the -Hole

    Vegetarian Toad-in-the-Hole

    Lasagne, Salad & Potatoes


    Homemade Plum Crumble

    Homemade Baked Syrup Sponge

    Homemade Spotted Dick

    Homemade Cherry Pie

    Homemade Apricot Crumble Pie

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Caramel Crunch Cheesecake

    Raspberry Charlotte Russe

    Banana Split

    Mixed Ice-Cream

  15. posted by Cole on Mar 25, 2013

    We are having a party in September and are looking for something other than the normal sausage rolls, cheesecake and chicken drumsticks route. Was just wondering if anyone could help us with a few imaginative but achievable ideas. Thanks x

  16. posted by uberfailz on Mar 25, 2013

    i’m going to tandoori palace for dinner tonight.. does anyone have any suggestions about a healthy filling meal that isn’t laden with calories and fat?
    I know to stay away from the creamy sauces, but not sure which thing to order.
    Right now i’m thinking a chicken vindaloo (spelling?), but i also like vegetarian curries, just not sure which ones are healthy.

    Anyone who knows about indian cuisine – please help!

  17. posted by louisewoods1984 on Mar 25, 2013

    Some times can we also add noodles to the soup? I do not eat pork. Can it be with chicken & prawn only?

  18. posted by Xedo on Mar 25, 2013

    Chicken breasts marinated in a little olive oil, soy sauce, crushed clove of garlic and chopped ginger. Will they cook ok under an ordinary grill? How long will they take to cook thoroughly?

  19. posted by Gage on Mar 25, 2013

    I hate fish, since HS and a bad experience I figured sea food wasn’t for me. However I recently gave tuna a go and it wasn’t that bad.

    To be honest I would LOVE to be able to eat fish for health reasons. Does anyone know of any leaner type fish meats that I should try?

  20. posted by Brody S on Mar 25, 2013

    Sometimes, when I am shopping for prepared curry paste, I don’t know how hot it is going to be, if the label doesn’t show a grading such as “hot, mild”, etc. As some brands only differentiate their products with colour, I would prefer to know what the difference is if there is any, so that I don’t waste money, effort and time on a finished product I couldn’t eat. Can anyone help me please?

  21. posted by Balla on Mar 25, 2013

    Heyy, i really need a recipe for chinese style curry prawns ,
    plz help

  22. posted by Adam on Mar 25, 2013

    PI overall–
    Visaya dish–
    Tagalog dish–
    Caragas dish–

  23. posted by borabora5524 on Mar 25, 2013

    Coriandar powder, cloves, yoghurt
    nigella, fennel seeds

    in kofta curries, chicken curries or prawn curries

    thank you!

  24. posted by nothin_nyce1 on Mar 25, 2013

    I need 2 Fijian recipes QUICK! Oh and common phrases! thanks first logical answer gets best!

  25. posted by Xedo on Mar 25, 2013

    I have a recipe that calls for ginger garlic paste but I could only find garlic paste. How much ground ginger should I add?

  26. posted by Ramblin Spirit on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m dying to figure out how to make this Thai dish. I used to order it at a restaurant by my old work but can’t find the recipe anywhere.

    It was basically chicken with bamboo & basil in a creamy curry sauce served over white rice. The sauce was NOT red, it was like yellow but I think they call it green curry? I keep finding recipes for the red curry sauce & that’s not it. Also, where do you get bamboo? And how do you cook it? I’ve never cooked any type of Thai food before. Thanks!
    I found a recipe & it even has a video:

  27. posted by Johnky J on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m thinking of trying Indian food because I have never had it before. I am allergic to nuts and I don’t want anything too spicy. What should I get that is tasty and healthy and delicious?

  28. posted by stealspartansbcglobalnet on Mar 25, 2013

    I need 2 super easy, kid friendly if possible, food recipes from Fiji! Oh and if you can find how to say common phrases. (Oh and by the way this isn’t homework or anything so no i am not cheating) THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I WILL give best answer to the first (logical of course) person to respond! Thanks again!

  29. posted by kewlflame14 on Mar 25, 2013

    I am trying to surprise my BF with rice and sauce like his mom used to make for him back home…he is from Guinea-Bissou, Africa, and I know the sauce consists of tomatoes, peppers, onions etc, but I am not sure how to make it? Can anyone help me? He also wants some peanut sauce like he had back home, I am not even sure where to start with that…looking for authentic West African Cuisine please!

  30. posted by sick_mick_101 on Mar 25, 2013

    1. Savoury pancake filled with minced beef onions and gravy
    2. Savoury pancake filled with chicken and mushrooms in a creamy white sauce
    3. Jacket potato with chili and cheese
    4. sweet chili and lemon prawns with salad wrap
    5. beef curry and rice
    6. smoked ham and mushrooms in a souffle omlette
    7. Best bacon, butchers sausages in a crusty roll
    8. Bacon cheese buger
    9. Pepperoni, mushroom and mixed peppers Pizza
    10. Spicy butternut squash soup with crusty bread

  31. posted by wwwavid360gamercom on Mar 25, 2013

    names please

  32. posted by Sophia C on Mar 25, 2013

    When do we classify ginger as a herb and as a spice?

  33. posted by Shay H on Mar 25, 2013

    I tried to cook some the other day for the first time and I didn’t know when to take it off the burner. Since it was my first time cooking it I didn’t know how it was supposed to taste.

  34. posted by skillz on Mar 25, 2013

    What can I use instead of basil leaves? can I use Bay leaves? It’s for a soup.
    It is a chicken and noodle chowder. it says 2 basil leaves.

  35. posted by liza on Mar 25, 2013

    I love to cook and I’m a good cook, but I like to try knew things. I ask a question and got no response, ok I’ll keep going and by the way thanks. you chefs ya’ll could help.! My fans are my man and our kids. So throw me some good recipes with shrimp and cheese and peppers or anything in that area. Thanks out there.

  36. posted by johnkaiser 22 on Mar 25, 2013

    What would be the one dish you would say has GOT to be on the menu? Can you also include the recipe please. I know I know, there are so many dishes that I like too, but I want to include dishes from all over the world, even exotic ones that are a little unsual and want to call them by some fancy name.

    I want to come up with at least 30 dishes and a maximum of 60 so they can be seasonally rotated. Indulge with me!

    Also, any suggestions on a name for the restaurant would be appreciated.

  37. posted by Thomas A on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m going to cook a pork loin tomorrow and this is my first time cooking it.So tell me how please.

  38. posted by Rishi on Mar 25, 2013


    I am doing Food Courseowork, my teacher says i need to state the origin of the following dishes. I cant find where they come from on the internet but if you know or have any idea if you could tell me that woul dbe most helpful. It doesnt have to be exact just where a dish comes from.

    The Dishes are.

    Creamy Chicken Casserole- If you could just tell me where Chicken Casserole originated from would be fab i dont need to know exactly Creamy Chickne Casserole.

    Prawn Curry- Is this from India ?

    Gourmet Chicken Burgers

    Spaghetti Bolognese- Italian ?

    Chicken Tikka Masala- Indian ?

    Chicken In Pastry- Not sure on this one, if you could help me out with this one would be very helpful.

    Thanks for reading, i wish you a very Merry Christmas! x 😀
    Sorry about the question, big spelling and punctuation ERROR! It means to say: I need help on where these dishes come from! Thanks x

  39. posted by Hayden on Mar 25, 2013

    I have eaten Indian food only once, and it was delicious, but it was left overs from a big feast and I had no idea what I was eating at all. My new gf and I are on an experimental food kick, and I know that her tastes lean towards vegetarian/vegan and she has a certain predilection towards spicy foods. I myself am willing to try anything at all.

    Also, if it wouldn’t be asking too much, if anyone would have any recommendations for Indian restaurants in the NYC area, those recommendations.are also welcome.
    Thank you!

  40. posted by Stevalicious on Mar 25, 2013

    I am writing a report on ginger and I need to write about how you use ginger for medical and health purposes. Some medical uses i mentioned in the report are strengthening your heart, reducing nausea and vomiting, fighting against food poisoning, and being useful in treating cancer through chemotherapy. But know I need to say how to use it.

    Thank you for your help.

  41. posted by JOHN KAISER PHD on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m going out for a curry this evening so I know my dinner will be quite big and probably full of hidden calories, plus white rice and fried poppadoms etc. What type of curry is lowest in fat and calories? I already only have plain rice with it.

    So I haven’t had breakfast and I was just going to have a piece of cheese and an apple for lunch. Although I did go for a jog when I got up – should I go for another one later?

    I’m really worried about my weight generally, but this is a date and I’m really worried about looking bloated too, it’s not something I’d normally do, will it be ok?


  42. posted by Lia-lu-li on Mar 26, 2013

    While traveling I had an Indian dish last week that was AMAZING! and I want to make it myself, but I can’t figure out what it was called so I can google it and try to make it at home.

    It was jumbo shrimp with some sort of spicy cilantro flavoring on a bed of Basmati rice. It wasn’t like Korma where it was a thick, creamy sauce; rather, it was just a powerful flavor of cilantro and some other stuff.

    I think it’s my favorite food ever. Please help! (a link, a recipe, or just some ideas?)

  43. posted by mavis24 on Mar 26, 2013

    so ive asked several times to fine a certain recipe which.. ive yet to find..

    but some Chinese restaurants
    buffets specifically

    its tempura shrimp.. in a creamy white sauce

    im given recipes that have like curry powder.. or other things that help turn this like watery green

    this is a picture of the dish

    if youve seen it and know it please tell me…


    creamy white

    not watery green

  44. posted by Austin on Mar 26, 2013

    For my mums birthday, Me and my sisters are doing a ‘curry and quiz’ night for her. We have a broad spectrum of guests attending ranging form 3 year olds, to 63 year olds, literally.

    We need five curries, suitable to fit this bracket (they can be variated)

    Any help would be v. appreciated!


  45. posted by joevsyou on Mar 26, 2013

    Can anyone provide me with an online recipe for Thai Green Curry with king prawns using Metric measurements, I don’t want anything basic because I want the dish to be autistic like a real Thai meal. Thank you.

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