Prawn & Peas Sambal Oelek Curry

by grainnep

Prawn and Peas hot and tasty! This is another quick and easy recipe, great flavour, pretty hot I must admit but the flavours are really well balanced so it doesnt feel like too much of an assault on the body. Sambal Oelek is a chilli based paste, the Oelek or Ulek referring to the pestle like container it is made in. Generally just based on red chiiles the addition of lime and salt quite common. I have hammered away in the past to make the paste and it takes about 15 minutes using a bag of dried and 4 hot red chillies plus some salt. I already had some in the fridge under oil so did not need to make any – its also widely available rather than making your own.
Prawns are rich in zinc, iodine and protein and the greens are great too so tuck in and enjoy! πŸ™‚

Serves 2

1 small onion finely chopped or 2 shallots
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sambal oelek or red chilli paste
1 400gr can chopped tomatoes
Juice of half a lime
100gr each of blanched peas, mange tout and French beans
200gr tail on prawns (raw or cooked)
2 tsp palm sugar
2 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp coconut cream
2 spring onions chopped
Heat oil to a medium heat and add shallot or onion, season and gently for about 5 minutes
Add the sambal oelek and cook it out for about 6 minutes
Tip in the can of tomatoes and stir and cook for 3 or 4 minutes
Add juice of half a lime and stir in 2 tbsp coconut cream
Tip in the blanched veggies and cook for a minutes or two
Then add Β the prawns and continue to cook.
If using raw prawns cook for about 3-4 minutes, if cooked only about a minute is required.
Add chopped coriander and spring onion just before serving and then sprinkle over some more chopped coriander
Eat and enjoy – with rice if you need it but I find it delicious on its own.