Make this Sri Lankan prawn curry as spicy as you like…
This Sri Lanka prawn curry recipes was taught to me as a dried sardine curry.
The chefs at the hotel I was staying at showed me several recipes that are traditionally made with dried fish. Knowing that dried fish curry may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they were sure to explain that the sauce could be served with many other main ingredients.
So for this recipe, I decided to use baby prawns and it turned out to be a Sri Lankan prawn curry to remember.
How is this recipe different to the recipe I learned?
Apart from the obvious, this isn’t a dried sardine curry after all, I used some haberano chilli sauce to spice it up some.
The original was made with about 4 tablespoons of dried chilli flakes and it was super spicy and delicious. I didn’t have enough chilli flakes on hand so used some Dr Burnorium habanero hot sauce and it worked a treat.
In fact, I preferred it with the hot sauce as it added a whole new and delicious layer of habanero flavour to my Sri Lankan prawn curry.
Using the hot sauce is by no means an authentic touch but sometimes substituting ingredients turns out to be a good move.
Step by steps photos…
If you like this Sri Lankan prawn curry recipe, you might like to try some of these Sri Lankan favourites…
I love Dr Burnorium hot sauces. You can use them to spice up any curry.
Want to try some more curries using Dr Burnorium hot sauces?…
Hot as Hell Chicken Wing Phall (The milder version)
Ridiculously Spicy Chicken Wings
Mild Afghan Chicken with Psycho Juice side
Pakistani Chickpea Biryani
Spicy Carolina Reaper Chicken Phall
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp thinly sliced lemongrass
- 2 green bird's eye chillies, thinly sliced
- 20 curry leaves
- 1 x 5cm (2 inch) cinnamon stick
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 - 2 tbsp Habanero chilli sauce or more chilli flakes to taste
- 450g (1 lb) raw prawns
- 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
- Salt to taste
- Heat the coconut oil over medium high heat and then add the sliced onion. Fry for a couple of minutes and then stir in the chopped garlic, ginger, lemongrass and green chillies.
- Stir this all around in the oil and then toss in the curry leaves and cinnamon stick. If using real cinnamon, you can break it up into the sauce. Really good! Fry for another 30 seconds.
- Add the curry powder, ground turmeric, chilli sauce and chopped tomatoes and give this all a good stir.
- Stir in the prawns and cook, while stirring regularly until the prawns are just cooked through. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your prawns but it took about 3 minutes for me.
- Add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste to serve.
I hope you enjoy this Sri Lankan prawn curry recipe. If you do try it, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.