Malaysian prawn and pineapple curry with crispy onions

Malaysian prawn and pineapple curry with crispy onions

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Pineapples are abundant in Malaysia, and add sweet and sour notes to this savoury curry


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


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


  • 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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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 379
  • Fat 26.2g
  • Saturates 15.6g
  • Carbs 15.2g
  • Sugars 12.4g
  • Fibre 2.9g
  • Protein 18.9g
  • Salt 1.2g