Try this vibrant Malaysian prawn curry and check out more delicious prawn curries, such as our Goan prawn curry or prawn massaman curry. For another Malaysian dish, try our Hainan chicken rice.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 400g pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 lime leaves, (see cook's notes below)
  • 350g raw peeled king prawns
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced to serve
  • ready-made crispy fried onions, to serve (see cook's notes below)
  • cooked jasmine rice, to serve


  • 1 echalion shallot, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • a thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped
  • 2 sticks lemongrass, chopped
  • 2 red chillies, chopped
  • a handful macadamia nuts
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric


  • STEP 1

    To make the paste, tip all of the ingredients and 50ml of water into a blender or food processor and whizz until completely smooth.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and tip in the paste. Cook gently for 15 minutes or until the shallot no longer smells raw. Tip in the coconut milk, pineapple and kaffir lime leaves, and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Stir in the prawns and cook gently for 5 minutes or until they just turn pink. Season with the fish sauce and lime juice. Sprinkle over the red chillies and crispy onions, and serve with rice.

Cook's notes

  • Lime leaves are from a Southeast Asian lime tree and add a vibrant citrus fragrance to dishes. Buy them and ready-made crispy onions from Waitrose, Ocado and Asian grocers.

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