Recipe: Healthy red prawn curry

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013

HEALTHY OPTION: At only 360 cals per serve (without carbs, unfortunately) this dish bucks the calorie-laden curry trend.

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Who says that curries have to be off the menu when you are looking to stay slim and fighting fit? Well not me, not with this dish. Everyone loves a curry and now you can enjoy one in a healthy, tasty way! This curry comes in at a petite 362 calories per serve (plus carbs if you have any)


Main ingredient Prawns
Type of dish Curry
Course Main course
Cooking time 30 min - 1 hour
Serves/makes 2
Special options Low fat

1 tablespoon red curry paste
1¼ cups light coconut-flavoured evaporated milk
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into chunks
200g green beans, trimmed and halved
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
50g baby corn, halved
400g medium green prawns, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1 teaspoon fish sauce
½ cup Thai basil leaves

1. Heat the curry paste in a medium-sized saucepan on medium heat for 30 seconds until fragrant.

2. Stir in the evaporated milk. Add the asparagus, beans, zucchini and corn.

3. Gently simmer, without boiling, for 5 minutes until just tender.

4. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Cover to keep warm.

5. Add the prawns and fish sauce to the saucepan. Gently simmer, without boiling, for about 4 minutes, until the prawns are pink and opaque. Return the vegetables to the pan along with half the basil and cook until hot.

Serve scattered with the remaining basil leaves.


You can also leave the heads on the prawns if desired. Some consider them the most flavoursome part.

Do not bring the curry to the boil or it may split.

Use ordinary basil if you can't find any Thai basil.

You can use 200g thinly sliced chicken breast fillet instead of the prawns (391 calories per serve).

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