South Indian prawn curry

South Indian prawn curry
  • Gluten-free
  • High protein
  • Low fat
  • Low phosphate
  • Low potassium
  • Low salt
  • Main meal
  • South East Asian
  • 1 hour or less
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A wonderful use of spices makes this dish a flavourful meal that’s low in salt, potassium and phosphate.


2 tablespoons plain yoghurt

4 cashew nuts or 30g ground almonds

10ml (2 teaspoons) vegetable oil

1 onion, finely diced

1 fresh tomato, cubed

1 teaspoon tomato purée

2cm piece of ginger, grated or finely diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely diced

200g carrots, peeled and chopped

1 whole clove

2 bay leaves

½ cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2 teaspoons coriander powder

¼ teaspoon chilli powder (adjust for your spice preference)

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

120g long grain or basmati rice

200g raw ready-to-cook prawns

100g frozen peas

2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Step 1

    Using a pestle and mortar (or the end of a rolling pin and a bowl), crush the cashew nuts into the yoghurt to make a paste. If using ground almonds instead of cashews, simply mix with the yoghurt. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat and add the onion, fresh tomato, tomato purée, ginger and garlic. Mix together well. Add the chopped carrot and cook for ten minutes until the vegetables soften.

  3. Step 3

    Add the clove, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, all the spice powders and the black pepper to the pan. Add a little water (20-40ml) if the ingredients are starting to stick. Allow to cook on a medium heat for another ten minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Rinse the rice with cold water, drain and add to a saucepan of boiling water. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for 12 mins on a medium heat. Add 100ml of water and the prawns to the frying pan. Simmer for 5-10 mins until the prawns are cooked.

  5. Step 5

    Reduce the heat of the frying pan and add the previously made cashew paste and the peas. Cook for another five minutes. This is your prawn curry.

  6. Step 6

    Remove the cinnamon stick, bay leaves and clove from the gravy. Serve the rice on two plates and top with the prawn gravy. Sprinkle over the fresh coriander to serve.

Food facts

The rice is the main source of carbohydrate and the value has been provided for those who have been trained in insulin adjustment.

This dish is low in potassium. If you have been advised to reduce your potassium, keep to the quantities and serving sizes stated.

This dish is low in phosphate but because it contains prawns (a high phosphate ingredient), follow the quantities and serving sizes stated. If you have been prescribed a phosphate binder, take it with this meal.

This meal is high in protein so is suitable for those receiving dialysis. If you need to eat less protein, use a 400g drained tin of chickpeas or lentils instead of the prawns, or halve the quantity of prawns (100g) and add a 200g drained tin of chickpeas or lentils.

Replace the prawns with a 400g tin of drained lentils or chickpeas or use 200-300g of tofu.

Replace the prawns with a 400g tin of drained lentils or chickpeas or use 200-300g of tofu. Use a plant-based yoghurt.

Use brown wholegrain rice to increase the fibre.

Frozen prawns are often cheaper. You could also omit the fresh coriander and use curry powder instead of cumin and coriander powder.

Once cooked, cool and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge before reheating.

If you can’t get raw prawns, you can use cooked prawns and add at step 5 with the peas. This dish can be served with naan bread instead of rice.