Spicy Prawn Curry with Pineapple
I never thought I would be able to cook any Nyonya recipes, but after seeing a tempting curry on a recent episode of Poh’s Kitchen, Hamsley and I were both dying to try this particular curry.
I didn’t add all 20 chillies as listed, as I didn’t know how spicy Hamsley could handle; as Nyonya food is usually quite on the spicy side.
It seemed easy enough on the show, but the recipe on the website failed to include tumeric in the ingredients list. It did list tamarind pieces, but failed to say when to add them. So I got the end of my cooking then released I didn’t add them in.
I ended up shelling the prawns as I knew Hamsley wouldn’t really be a fan of getting his hand all icky whilst eating, but left a few shelled for presentation. I found the prawns that stayed shelled to not be as spicy as their un-shelled companions.
Unfortunately our “blender” didn’t grind my spice mix as fine as I would have liked, but it did a good enough job. I’ll be picking up a Sunbeam foodprocessor/blender sooner rather than later after that experience.
The smells coming from the kitchen as I fried the spice mix were amazing! I was immediately transported back to Malaysia. The taste was also fantastic. The spiciness of the chilli, mixed with the sweetness of the pineapple; which helped to bite through the spiciness; then all brought together with coconut cream. So lucious!
Can’t wait to cook this for my family when they come down from the motherland!
To learn more about Nyona: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan