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Devilled Prawns

Course Dinner
Cuisine Sri Lankan
Keyword Curry, Devilled, Prawns
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinate Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 350 g fresh prawns peeled and ‘deveined’
  • 2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cm cinnamon stick
  • 3 cm fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tomato large, ripe, finely chopped (or tinned plum tomato)
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 4 spring onions trimmed and sliced
  • 1 green pepper stalk, seeds and pith removed, cut into 1cm cubes


  1. Put the prawns in a bowl with half the chilli flakes and half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and leave to marinate for an hour.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok on medium heat, add the cinnamon, ginger and garlic, and stir-fry until the garlic turns golden brown. Add the remaining red chilli flakes, green chilli and curry leaves, and take off the heat.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes, paste and ketchup, put back on the heat and stir-fry for three to four minutes. Add the vinegar and spring onions, and stir-fry on a medium heat for six to eight minutes, until the sauce is thick and glossy.

  4. Add the onions, green peppers and prawns, stir-fry on high heat for five to seven minutes, until the prawns are pink and cooked through, then add sugar and salt to taste.

  5. Tip out on to a platter, garnish with chopped fresh coriander and sliced spring onions, and serve hot.