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Thai green prawn curry

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
This dish is called Leeli Kolmi Ni in Thailand.


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan with a lid. Add the onion and cook until translucent.

  2. Add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and cook for two minutes, taking care not to let them brown.

  3. Add the turmeric and cook for a few seconds, then pour in the coconut milk. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring right from the bottom of the mixture.

  4. Season with salt, then add the cardamom, cloves, curry leaves and cinnamon. Simmer for a couple of minutes, until the mixture has thickened slightly, then add the coriander and cook for another minute or two.

  5. Add the prawns and cook for 2-4 minutes, depending on their size. Cover the pan, remove from the heat and set aside for about five minutes. The prawns will continue to cook in the residual heat of the curry (more cooking on the stove will spoil the prawns by overcooking).

  6. Serve with steamed jasmine rice and a fresh onion salad.


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4cm/1½in piece of fresh ginger, crushed
  • 2 hot green chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 450ml/14fl oz can coconut milk
  • 4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 4 cloves
  • 5-6 curry leaves (available from Asian grocers)
  • 2cm/¾in piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 500g/1lb 2oz tiger prawns, cleaned and de-veined, shells removed but tail intact

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