Prawn and Pepper Curry

Prawn Curry

This is another of my favourite curries, inspired by a recipe taken from a book called An Indian Housewife’s Recipe Book by Laxmi Khurana. I first encountered this astonishing recipe book when I was visiting my girlfriend’s parents’ house, which is where I cooked this delightful meal. I am now, however, a proud owner of a kindle based copy, which set me back a mere £1.99 – an absolute bargain. I strongly recommend the purchase of this book, particularly on the kindle – it really is surprisingly good for recipes, seemingly making the entire experience even more clear than it would otherwise have been.

I have to admit that prawns will not make it onto this blog particularly often, as they are fairly expensive. Something Khurana suggests herself when she states, at the beginning of the recipe, that “Prawns are rare in Indian homes…” However, she justifies the recipe in the same way I do – it is simply too amazing to pass up. However, I am positive I can bring it in under budget – I think the key to making this dish delicious yet frugal is to include a relatively small amount of good prawns, as you don’t need many to really enjoy this dish. To compensate for this, and to add my own twist, I’ve altered the recipe slightly. Do not let its simplicity trick you, truly this is one of my favourite ever curries, and I believe it is my girlfriend’s favourite. No doubt I’ll be using this “book” a lot more in the future.

Prawn and Pepper Curry {recipe}

Serves 4


• 2 peppers, yellow or green works best, thinly chopped

• A very good splash of oil

• 2 medium onions, finely chopped

• 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped

• ½ tsp turmeric

• ½ tsp chilli flakes, or 1 fresh chilli finely chopped

• 1 tsp garam masala

• 280g peeled prawns

• Handful of chopped fresh coriander, including the stalks

• Seasoning


1. Fry the onions until translucent in a large and fairly thin frying pan or wok. Add the tomatoes, turmeric, chilli and garam masala. Season and cook for 2 minutes.

2. Add the peppers and prawns, reduce the heat, cover and cook for a further 15 minutes. Take care not to let it catch.

3. Add the chopped coriander stalks. Serve with rice and a simple tomato and onion salsa, garnish with fresh coriander.


The entire dish, for four, should cost no more than £5 to make – well below the target of no more than £2 per portion. I think, considering the use of prawns, that is fantastic. I guess that is the beautiful thing about Indian food – even if a dish includes an expensive ingredient the other constituents are cheap enough to make up for its use.

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22 comments on “Prawn and Pepper Curry

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    July 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  2. Karen
    July 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful. I have prawns defrosting right now and lovely red peppers. I think I’m having Indian food this evening. Thank you.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Oh cool. If you do please let me know if you enjoyed it. It is so delicious.

  3. Beth Sachs
    July 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    How strange – I made a Prawn and Pepper curry for dinner tonight. Looks fab

  4. melikeyuk
    July 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What a really handy recipe! Thank you 😉 Do you have to peel the tomatoes too, or are they ok to cook with skins?

  5. sliceofhumblepie
    July 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This looks delicious! I love prawns. Will have to try this once I’m home!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      This is probably my favourite curry ive ever made. So delicious. It really takes on the prawn flavour very well.

  6. food-it FOWARD
    August 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This recipe is right up my alley! Thanks for commenting on my site, so I could find yours! :) Hope to continue to share some food knowledge!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      I do too, I’ll follow you on twitter next time I log on!

  7. food-it FOWARD
    August 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Oh I see you’re on twitter too! Follow us @fooditforward! Best dishes! :)

  8. beginsatsundown
    October 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Yummy! This looks amazing!

  9. maxine
    March 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    prawn and pepper curry very tasty i made it and it was very good

  10. Maxine Burns
    March 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    prawn and pepper curry very easy to make and very tasty

  11. Kristina Nikolova
    September 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    made it yesterday,was fantastic!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Amazing – It was such a lovely curry 😀 Thanks.

  12. odelleasmith
    March 21, 2015 at 5:45 am

    This is one of my favorite curries…Lovely

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