It’s a bank holiday weekend and we are cooking on an Aga. Life is pretty good. So, what to cook? OK, how about something with chilli? Sure thing!
Gather and prepare the ingredients before you start as the cooking of this dish is fast and furious. Make your chilli and spice selection. Will it be chilli powder, fresh chilli, chilli paste, chilli flakes, chilli sauce, homemade spice mix, fermented chilli paste. In the ingredient list below is our choice. Go with whatever flavours suit your mood, palette and heat tolerance. The choice is all yours!
- sunflower oil
- 2 red onions, sliced
- a spoonful of gochujang (such an amazing, yummy product, adding depth and umami to dishes like this)
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- a thumb of ginger, peeled and grated
- a chilli of your choice, sliced
- small handful of garam masala (we ground our own for this recipe with coriander seed, cumin, fennel seed, white peppercorn, lots of cardamon, cloves and cinnamon)
- a finger of fresh turmeric, finely grated
- 4 tomatoes, chopped roughly
- 2 tsp of runny honey
- a handful of desiccated cocount
- a can of coconut milk
- bunch of coriander, chopped
- a whole lot of prawns (100 g per person)
- green pepper, sliced
- pak choi, leaves and stems chopped
- a lime for squeezing
Now you’re ready to cook up one tasty prawn dish.
- Heat a wide pan, big enough to fit the entire dish in it. We opted for a 30cm almond Le Creuset shallow casserole, needs must and all that.
- Add the sunflower oil and onion. Fry until the onions start to take on a little colour.
- Add ginger, garlic, chilli and turmeric. Fry for 30 seconds. Don’t let the garlic burn now. That’s why we tend to slice garlic, not crush. Less chance of burning.
- Add garam masala, gochujang, honey and tomatoes. Allow it all to smoosh together.
- Now for the coconut. Chuck in the dessicated stuff and let it absorb the liquid from the tomatoes. Then give the can of coconut milk a good shake and tip it in. You might need to scrap the more solid part out if the can is cold.
- Let the sauce come up to a bubble and thicken slightly.
- Thrown in the peppers, pan choi stalks and the prawns.
- When the prawns are pink, stir the pan choi leaves in and serve.
- Add a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of coriander leaves.