North Indian Prawn Curry

A delicious Indian prawn dish that will leave you wanting more.


  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 0.50 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, whole but pierced 2 or 3 times
  • 1 x 4cm piece of fresh ginger, half peeled and julienned and half grated
  • 3 small tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¾ tsp garam masala
  • 0.25 tsp turmeric
  • salt
  • 400 g large raw prawns, shelled, deveined and rinsed
  • 4 tblsp double cream
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tblsp roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
  • naan bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the fenugreek seeds and heat for about 30 seconds to release
  3. the aromatics. Add a little more oil to the fenugreek seeds and
  4. stir in the red onion, green chilli and the sliced ginger. Gently cook
  5. for about 5 minutes, until the onions are lightly golden and just
  6. softened.
  7. Place the tomatoes, garlic and the grated ginger into a food
  8. processor and blend to a fine purée. Stir this purée into the onions
  9. along with the ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and
  10. turmeric and season with a little salt. Cook over a medium-low
  11. heat for 8–10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until it thickens.
  12. Add the prawns and enough water to cover them by half.
  13. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and
  14. simmer gently for about 3 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked.
  15. The sauce should be light but not watery. Turn off the heat and stir
  16. in the cream. Add half the lemon juice and then taste the sauce,
  17. adjusting the seasoning and adding more lemon juice if necessary.
  18. Sprinkle over the chopped coriander and serve with naan bread.


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