Prawn bhuna is a thick curry that is great served on its own
Although I have tried a lot of restaurant style prawn dishes over the past years, I have to say this is one of my favourites. It’s funny as I’ve never really been all that crazy about buhna curries.
Buhnas are quite dry and I prefer my curries with a bit more sauce.
This prawn bhuna is different because prawns just don’t need a lot of sauce.
I guess I just like the flavour of the prawns which all too often are over-powered by a strong curry gravy.
This prawn bhuna just gets it!
I have left the prawns whole so that you get a nice mouthful with each bite. The sauce is also not overpowering though it is a bit spicy.
I serve this hot curry with a simple lettuce salad that is mixed with mint leaves. Personally I think it’s the perfect accompaniment. I hope you agree.
Prawn Bhuna INGREDIENTS
3 Tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
25 prawns in their shells
500ml curry gravy
1 Tablespoon ginger paste
1 Tablespoon garlic paste
1 Tablespoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon red chilli powder
1 Tablespoon Coriander powder
1 Tablespoon tomatoe paste
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 four inch cinnamon stick
Juice of one lemon
1 small bunch coriander leaves – chopped
Salt and pepper
Heat the ghee or oil in a large pan or wok over a medium to medium high heat. If the oil begins to smoke, turn down the heat.
When the oil/ghee is quite hot, throw in the cinnamon stick and move it around in the oil for about 15 seconds before adding the prawns.
Fry the prawns until they are almost cooked through. This should only take a couple of minutes.
When the prawns are pink and almost about 90% cooked, remove them from the oil and set aside to cool.
Now add the ginger paste, garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder and chilli powder. Adjust the heat so that the garlic doesn’t burn.
Stir continuously for about a minute and then add the turmeric, tomato paste and curry gravy.
As you cook the gravy, the turmeric will make it slightly darker. This is what you want.
Allow to simmer for about two minutes while you peel and devein the prawns.
Add the prawns to the gravy and stir to combine.
Throw in the coriander leaves and squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce.
When the gravy is quite thick and coats the prawns nicely, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy this prawn bhuna as my as my family and I do.