Prawns and Asparagus in Creamy Coconut Curry

Prawns and Asparagus in Creamy Coconut Curry 

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Today’s recipe is Prawns and Asparagus in Creamy Coconut Curry.  This is a delicious and mild prawns coconut curry cooked with indian spices to perfection. It tastes amazing and can be dished out within half an hour. 

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Life has been so busy lately!  Busy planning one of my close friends baby shower. This is my first time hosting a baby shower and I am so excited. :)

Man oh man! but I had no idea so much planning and time goes into it.

Setting the theme of the shower, time to be held, making a guest list, sending out invitations, food and refreshments, shopping, buying favours, games, gifts… OMG!! the list is endless… But I am loving every bit of it.. :D


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Ladies this my first time hosting a baby shower. Any ideas or advice welcome!

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Well lets get back to the curry!!

Yesterday it got me thinking, when was the last time I prepared a really nice curry. Sure we have been eating well; I have been making simpler dishes. Curry and Rice is comfort food at its best! This was one of my favourite meals when I was growing up. 

From where I come from, curry is one of life’s true happiness. It is strong, laden with coconut milk, spicy, aromatic and flavourful. It is thick, mild rich, sweet  and fragrant gravy mixed with prawns and asparagus and spices.


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It is a typical bengali prawn curry ‘Chingri Malaicurry’ which uses prawns with coconut to make a rich and sumptuous dish. 

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Prawns and Asparagus in Creamy Coconut Curry
A delicious and mild prawns coconut curry made with Indian spices.
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  1. 250 grams Prawns, shelled and deveined
  2. 150 grams Asparagus, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces, bottom inch or so discarded
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  5. 2 chillies, seeded and slit
  6. 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  7. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  8. 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  11. 250ml thick Coconut milk
  12. 100 ml water
  13. 2 bay leaf
  14. 2 cardamom
  15. 1" cinnamon stick
  16. 3-4 cloves
  17. 3-4 tablespoon vegetable oil
  18. 1/2 tsp sugar
  19. salt as per taste
  1. Marinate prawns with a pinch of turmeric and salt for 15- 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a thick bottom pan, add 2 tbsp of the oil and fry the prawns for a 20-30 seconds on each side. They will start to colour but don’t cook them all the way through. Remove the prawns from the heat and set aside..
  3. In the same pan heat the remaining oil add the green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves, sauté for a minute till they get fragrant.
  4. Now add in the chopped onions and fry on a medium heat, stirring frequently. When it turns translucent, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for few minutes.
  5. Then add in the tomato puree and sauté.
  6. Add the chilli powder, turmeric, cumin and coriander powder, sugar and salt. Stir for a further minute; pour over the coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil and simmer on a low heat.
  7. Add the asparagus and prawns, simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve warm with boiled rice.
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I hope you enjoy this delicious prawns and asparagus coconut curry.  :) 


Love prawns? you may like my Perfect Summer Pasta- Garlic Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Perfect Summer Pasta- Garlic Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes


You will also like One Pot Coconut Rice with Prawns topped with Caramalized Onions ..

One Pot Coconut Rice with Prawns topped with Caramalized Onions



50 Comments on Prawns and Asparagus in Creamy Coconut Curry

    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    July 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm (3 months ago)

    This sounds delicate and flavourful and yet still pretty easy to make. Beautiful!
    What a great opportunity you have to make your friend’s baby shower really memorable! Guessing the girth of the mother-to-be by cutting a piece of string to the length you think always goes down well!
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    July 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh my gosh these rich colors and amazing flavors have me craving this dish and fall weather! Also, this totally looks doable. I love to cook and bake, but complicated dishes are the bane of my existence. Something this flavorful and easy is amazing in my book! I’ve already bookmarked this page :)

    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Katherine!! You can cook this up in no time and its very delicious… :)

    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    July 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm (3 months ago)

    I hope you’re having fun planning the baby shower! I’ve never planned one myself, although I have helped with a wedding shower. So I know how much time goes into it! This dish looks amazing! I love how perfectly everything blends together, especially with that coconut curry!
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    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes I am Gayle! everything is going on really well so far.. Fingers crossed!! Thank you so much!!

    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    July 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm (3 months ago)

    I love baby showers, but I am not the best at planning them. I wish I were :D
    This dish looks so delicious! I love all the flavors and that curry sounds amazing!
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    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Cindy!! Wish me luck.. I hope I can make this day a memorable(in a good way.. ;) ) one for the mum-to-be.. :)

    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    July 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh you’re so right! Curry is pure comfort food and I am a fan! This recipe looks delicious and your photography is pure inspiration! I think the cinnamon stick is a lovely addition. Thank you for this mouthwatering recipe, Arpita!
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    July 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm (3 months ago)

    Arpita, I am not a fan of prawns though but I can bet this curry must be so full of flavors!! I am doing this with may be chicken!! Hope you post pics of baby shower!!
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    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 months ago)

      Oh yes, you can make this curry with chicken.. it will taste equally good.. I surely will post the baby shower pictures.. :) thank you so much Ami!

    Bri | Bites of Bri
    July 31, 2014 at 12:01 am (3 months ago)

    I love a good curry and a dish with protein and veggies is always destined for success around here. Good luck with the baby shower. I always find lighter healthier, finger friendly foods go over well. You can easily make it wonderful. The effort goes a long way and will be memorable :)
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    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm (3 months ago)

      Finger food sounds awesome.. Wish me luck!! hope everything goes according to the plan.. :) Thank you so much Bri!!

    July 31, 2014 at 12:21 am (3 months ago)

    Such a delicious and creative recipe! I’ve never hosted a baby shower before, but I have to say that my favorite part are the games. That and the food, of course ;)
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    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      August 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm (3 months ago)

      Hehe. games are the best part .. planning to keep 3-5 different games. :D Thank u so much Danielle!! :)

    July 31, 2014 at 1:24 am (3 months ago)

    This dish looks amazing, Arpita — I love these flavors! As for the baby shower, I’ve been to many, was guest of honor for two of my own, and hosted one. Just keep the menu simple like you would for any gathering, and ask around and see if people really are interested in playing games. In my experience, most women only like to guess how many baby pins are in a jar and cut a string based on how big around the mother to be’s belly is. haha
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    July 31, 2014 at 1:34 am (3 months ago)

    I’ve never hosted a baby shower before. I’m sure it will turn out great!
    It’s been such a long time since I’ve had a curry. Prawns and asparagus are such a great combination. I love anything with coconut milk. It’s so delicious :)
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    Anna Johnston
    July 31, 2014 at 2:09 am (3 months ago)

    Prawns and asparagus go together like ‘Forrest & Jenny’… or is it ‘Peas & Carrots’. LOL! Soooo good! :)
    Yay to planning a baby shower, they are super fun, and I dont even particularly enjoy mini people. Couple of pointers to make things easy… Theme it, get everyone to wear pink or sparkles etc. That way all the food, decorations and music can be picked easily. The last baby shower I planned I got all the gals to paint/decorate baby onesies, I’ve also had the guests write or draw a memory they have with the mom to be onto a 20cm x 20cm piece of material, I then had that made into a quilt as a gift for bubba or momma.
    I’m an event manager, so shoot me an email if your looking for more ideas. Happy Thursday to you. x
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    July 31, 2014 at 3:33 am (3 months ago)

    Love baby showers but have never hosted one. I find usually light finger foods and fruity desserts are served. Good luck and have lots of fun :)
    This curry looks amazing!!! Love the prawns and asparagus – such a great combination :)

    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      July 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm (3 months ago)

      I love the coconut and spice combi too.. it has a very light and delicate flavour.. :)
      Thank you Dannii!! :)

    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      July 31, 2014 at 3:42 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Annie!! This is a very easy recipe and delicious too.. Y don’t you give it a try I m sure u will like it.. :)

    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    August 1, 2014 at 12:42 am (3 months ago)

    I love, love, love Indian flavors and curry is one of my absolute favorites! There is not one single word in this recipe title that I don’t love! Prawns = favorite. Check! Asparagus = favorite. Check! Curry = favorite. Check! Amazing, and I love it. Pinned!
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    Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}
    August 1, 2014 at 4:42 am (3 months ago)

    Beautiful photos! I especially like the one of the asparagus. As far as a baby shower, I’m sure you’ve got it all down, but one kinda funny game that people have played lately is freezing plastic babies in ice cubes and everyone has to race to get the baby out of the ice. Whoever gets it out first yells “My water broke!” and gets a prize!
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    Samina | The Cupcake Confession
    August 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm (3 months ago)

    I love curries!!! They are truly the best comfort food and I always make sure that my bowl of rice is swimming in curry when I eat it! :D I’m loving this prawn and asparagus version and that coconut milk…. I can only imagine how gorgeously creamy this curry will be! :)
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