Prawn, mango and coconut curry

Prawn, mango and coconut curry

I Love Curry
Jonathan Gregson

An unusual curry that came to life after a chat with my publisher who wanted to include mangoes in the book, particularly in a savoury curry. It was not something I had tried, but I gave it some thought and this slightly sweet, slightly hot curry is the delicious result of that conversation. It works really well, cooks in less than 10 minutes and is lovely with rice in late spring when mangoes come into season.


Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon powdered brown mustard seeds
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
15 fresh curry leaves
10 black peppercorns
5-7 dried red chillies
350-375ml coconut milk
salt, to taste
1 1/2-2 teaspoons sugar, to taste
1 rounded teaspoon rice powder
350g medium or large raw prawns, peeled, deveined and rinsed
2 ripe (but not mushy) mangoes, peeled and cut into squares
handful chopped fresh coriander


  1. Blend the powdered mustard seeds with 100ml water. This helps the powder to become more of a paste and incorporates more easily with the sauce.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and add the whole mustard seeds. Once they have popped, add the curry leaves, black peppercorns and whole chillies. Follow five seconds later with the coconut milk, mustard seed paste, salt, sugar, rice powder and 300ml water. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add the prawns and simmer for two minutes more. Add the mango and cook for another minute. Taste, adjust the seasoning and sugar to taste and serve sprinkled with chopped coriander.

... or a vegetarian version

  • Instead of prawns, you can add two handfuls of raw cashew nuts. I know it sounds odd, but on the west coast of India they cook a similar dish with pineapples or mangoes and nuts. It is eaten instead of lentils; the cashews provide the protein and it makes a delicious side dish.
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