2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
500ml coconut cream
Juice of 1 lemon500g raw large king prawns, peeled and deveined
A large pinch of dried curry leaves
For the curry paste
1 green chilli, deseeded
1 red onion, roughly chopped
5cm piece root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1.2 tsp turmeric
Serve with rice, raita and colouful chopped salad
1. To make the curry paste, put all the ingredients into a mini food processor, season with a good pinch of salt and grind to a smooth paste.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or skillet over a medium heat, then throw in the mustard seeds. When they start popping after about 30 seconds, add the curry paste and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds untilfragrant.
3. Pour in the coconut cream and lemon juice and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring ocasioanlly, for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and is really thick.
4. Add the prawns and simmer, stirring frequently so they cook evenly, for 5 minutes, or until the prawns have turned pink and are cooked through. Rub the dried curry leaves between your hands so that they break up and scatter over the curry. Mix well and serve immediately with the rice, raita and salad.
Colourful chopped salad
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
A bunch of finely chopped coriander leaves and stalks
A handful of pomegranate seeds
The juice of 2 limes
2-4 tbsp olive oil
A pinch of ground cumin
Chuck everything into a bowl with a good pinch of salt and mix well. Start with 2 tbsp of olive oil and add more to taste.
Small handful mint
juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp cumin
half a grated cucumber that has been wrung out in a cloth to get out the moisture.
Add everything in to a bowl, mix well and drizzle with oil and a pinch more cumin.