Yummy! Prawn & Coconut Pilaf


  • 250g basmati rice , washed well
  • small piece fresh root ginger , roughly chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 medium tomatoes , quartered
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 medium onion , finely sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 300g raw prawns , peeled


  • Cook the rice according to pack instructions, then set aside.
  • Put the ginger, garlic and tomatoes into a food processor,
  • blend to make a paste, then set aside until you’re ready to cook.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and add the whole spices.
  • Once they sizzle, add the onion, frying over a medium heat for about 10 mins until soft.
  • Add the ground spices and paste, then cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally until the sauce has released the oil back into the pan.
  • Add the prawns, then cook for a few mins until cooked through – the mixture should be quite dry and paste-like.
  • Stir the cooked rice into the pan to coat it well in the spices.
  • Make sure the rice is heated through, then serve scattered with the coconut