Thursday, April 4, 2013

Prawn Curry Laksa

As previously said at "Butter Basil Prawns", cleaning prawns is a tedious and time consuming thing. Thus, I tend to buy extra prawns for a single recipe. The balance as well as the discarded prawns shells are stored in the fridge. Before the prawns start to lose their freshness, there has to be another dish. One which is easy to put together. A noodle dish is definitely the choice for a lazy weekend cooking along with the much loved soupy spicy version. Unlike the previous full bodied Nyonya Curry Laksa and Vegetarian Curry Mee, this prawn laksa promises the punchy- spicy-creamy flavours with prawn broth and coconut milk as the core ingredients

For the broth
1 or 2 cups prawn shells or/and heads
1/2 liter water
1 tbsp dried red chili paste
1 tbsp fish curry powder - mix with water for a thick paste
1 tbsp onion paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
1/2inch  belacan/shrimp paste
1 cup thick coconut milk

Other ingredients (as needed)
Noodles (any type you prefer) - blanched to soften
Fresh prawns - cleaned and de-veined - blanched in the broth
Spring onions - sliced
Red chilies - sliced
Green Chilies - sliced
Lime wedges
3 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Simmer prawn shells/heads in water to extract broth (will take about 1/2 hour).
Drain and keep aside.
Fry onion, garlic and shrimp paste in oil for about 2-3mins.
Add chili paste and curry powder.
Continue frying till oil splits.
Pour broth and season with salt.
When broth reduces to  three quarter or half, pour in coconut milk.
Meanwhile, assemble noodles and prawns.
Pour broth over and garnish with spring onions, red and green chilies.
Serve with lime while piping hot.
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  1. Loved the dish...One of my favourites...

  2. I like this but kinda hard to cook portion for one ir two. That's why am nit too keen to cook this.

  3. Another mouth watering dish from you,the pictures tell it all,,YUMMY :)

  4. my favourite! I prefer mine with thick bee hoon. This is a hard dish to cook! time consuming too!

  5. I always blindly believe coconut milk, anything you make with, be it addition of veggies or meat, it comes out like a fool proof recipe! And light on the tummy too! The shot looks very inviting and the chopsticks makes it look even more authentic.

  6. just amazing! looks great and nice clicks

  7. Delicious and mouth watering. Very very yummy and beautiful click...

  8. Super luking and fantastic prawns dish.

  9. It looks absolutely appetizing! Certainly admire you for cooking from scratch and not resorting to ready made paste.

  10. Delicious prawn curry Nava, coconut milk makes it everything good.

  11. Wow! So delicious!! Flavorful gravy! :)

  12. Wow , amazing

  13. Absolutely loving each one of your comments. Thank you so so much.

  14. Oh Nava I have missed so many of your posts.I am joining ur site :))

  15. Perfect shots.. Am yet again drooling on that bowl of laksa.. Maybe will try out and satisfy my taste buds :)

  16. Lovely Prawn curry laksa. Looks delectable!

  17. Looks great and inviting :-)

  18. I love this recipe, this shrimp-laksha looks bright and appetizing. Delish. :)

  19. Mmm this looks so warm and delicious :D


  20. wow curry looks so great...loved it..will try someday...

  21. looks super tempting..will definitely try this someday


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