King prawns, potatoes and carrots in a delicious spiced lentil and tomato curry sauce.
A easy to make curry dish guaranteed to impress your friends and family – they won’t believe you didn’t pick it up from your local Indian restaurant.
Serve with choice of rice or Indian bread.
Preparation and cooking time around 1 hour
Ingredients and method
200-250g raw king prawns – devein, butterfly
100g peeled new potatoes – cut into small pieces to cook quickly
5-6 round vine tomatoes – cut into quarters
75g red spilt lentils – rinse thoroughly until water runs clear
1 medium/large carrot – peel and thinly slice into discs
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 medium size white onions – peel and dice
2 medium size red onions – peel and dice
1 small bulb of garlic – peel, crush
15-20g ginger – peel, thinly slice
1 heaped dessert spoon sliced Almond
2 bay leaves
5 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground fenugreek
80g red split lentils – rinse thoroughly
1 tsp salt – plus extra to taste
water – see method
20-25g butter – cut into cubes
2-3 tbsp. chopped coriander leaf
Note: You require a stick blender (or glass blender) for this recipe
Method: Start by boiling the potatoes for 7-8 minutes , then drain them and set aside ready to add to the curry.
In a deep pan heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil over a medium high heat and add a teaspoon of mustard seeds. Let the oil heat until the mustard seeds start popping like popcorn. Add the onions and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions start to colour. Add the garlic, ginger, bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, tomatoes and sliced almonds and stir through the fried onions. Next add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds, ground turmeric, ground coriander and a quarter of ground fenugreek. Stir well and fry the mixture for 4-5 minutes.
Next add the washed lentils and stir well, then add enough water to completely submerge the mixture (I added 2 and a half mugs of water) and a teaspoon of salt. Stir well, bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. After this remove the bay leaves, cardamom pods and cloves from the sauce and blend into a smooth sauce.
Add the cooked potatoes and the thinly sliced carrot (these are both cut into small pieces so they cook quickly) and gently simmer in the sauce for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently as lentils can stick to pans and burn. Taste test the sauce – you may want to add more salt or add more water, depending upon how thick you like your sauce. If your sauce is too runny simply continue to simmer until it reduces to your preference.
When the sauce add the cubes of butter and stir them into the sauce, this will add flavour and the classic gleam to the curry sauce. Complete the dish by adding 1 tbsp. of chopped coriander and the raw king prawns – let them gently poach in the sauce and serve as soon as they turn from grey to pink.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with the rest of the chopped coriander, enjoy!