How to cook… Deep-fried Prawn in Red Curry

The Thai dish this week is Deep-fried Prawn in Red Curry or “chu-chee koong tod”. The word “chu-chee” comes from the sound when you put something into hot oil. If you don’t have prawn you could use fish, pork or chicken as an alternative. In the ingredients pictured below, you can see shredded kaffir lime leaves, green chillies, palm sugar and red curry paste on the left, fresh shrimp in the middle, and coconut milk and flour on the right.

There are two stages to cooking this dish. First you need to mix the flour and water equally to make a batter. Dip the prawns into this batter and then deep fry them until golden brown. Set aside on some tissue paper. Next, heat some vegetable oil up in a pan and stir fry the red curry paste. Add some coconut milk so that it doesn’t dry out. Season with fish sauce and palm sugar. This is a careful balance so you need to adjust to your own taste. The red curry paste is then poured into the serving dish. Add the fried prawns and sprinkle with shredded kaffir lime leaves and either green or red spur chilli. Come back to next week for another simple Thai dish.

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