Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mango & Prawn Curry


I made this for dinner with my housemate, and it was so delicious I inhaled the entire thing in about five minutes and then went back for seconds. (It's ok, I did a HIIT workout later to compensate) 

- Handful of spinach
- 1 ripe mango, chopped into cubes
- 2 carrots, sliced thinly and cut on the diagonal
- 1 sliced red chilli pepper (keep the seeds in for extra spice)
- 2 shallots, diced
- 2 garlic cloves (I used a garlic press)
- 240g of uncooked/cooked shrimp (I used frozen, but fresh always tastes better)
- Almost a full tin of coconut milk
- A dash of kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
- 1 cup of water (optional) 
- Sprinkle of paprika 

- Sauté the shallots, carrots and mango (to release the juices and make them extra soft) in a frying pan until the shallots are transparent and the carrots are almost fully tender - season with kosher salt and pepper
- Add the chilli pepper to the mix
- Then add about two heaped table spoons of the the coconut milk so that it gets saucy
- Add the tablespoon of tamarind paste, and stir (preferably with a wooden spoon)
- Add two more tablespoons of the coconut milk. Stir stir stir.
- Taste.
- Add the smashed/chopped/whole garlic(s)
- In goes the spinach
- Take a moment to indulge in delicious smells wafting up your nose

You should have something that looks like this:

- Add the shrimp in last as they'll cook super fast and sprinkle in that paprika! [Quick tip: if using frozen, uncooked shrimp, once its defrosted, let it sit in a ton of salt - it'll return the shrimp to the state it was in pre-freezing, and when you're ready to cook them, simply wash off the salt!]
- Now you should have something that looks like this:

- Keep stirring, and then add the cup of water to make the sauce less thick (if you want).
- Let it simmer in the pan for about 3-5 minutes, to let the juices really mesh together...or something.

- Take off the heat and serve.

I had mine with quinoa (!), and let me tell you - It was as delicious as it looks. My taste buds were thanking me all evening.  

Enjoy! xo

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