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Mediterranean Prawns with Spicy Basmati Rice

Recipe posted on: 21 January 2015

Mediterranean Prawns with Spicy Basmati Rice

Recipe information

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Recipe nutrition

Calories: 330
Carbs: 33.2 grams
Protein: 24.8 grams
Fat: 10.7 grams

This is an excellent dish for summer entertaining and is ideal for serving outdoors on hot, summer nights. This is simple and easy to make.


  • 600g prawns (use wild, fresh, uncooked prawns)
  • 3 whole organic spring onions, chopped finely
  • 2 medium organic carrots, grated medium
  • 2 large organic peppers, chopped finely
  • 6 organic tomatoes, chopped roughly
  • 2 Tbs organic tomato paste
  • Handful coriander leaves (use dried basil if fresh leaves not available), chopped roughly
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil

Ingredients - Spicy Basmati Rice

  • 1 cup organic basmati rice
  • 2 Tb sp extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 Tspn ground turmeric
  • 1/2 Tspn ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tspn ground coriander
  • 1 Tspn salt


  1. Peel the shell from the prawns, but leave the tail intact.
  2. Remove the vein from the outer middle part of the prawns. Set the prawns aside in the fridge until they are ready to be added.
  3. Add the olive oil to a stainless steel frying pan and when warmed a little, add the chopped spring onions and cook over medium-high heat until they are almost translucent in colour.
  4. Add the grated carrots and stir through for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped peppers and stir through for another 2-3minutes.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes as well as the tomato paste, salt and pepper and stir through.
  7. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Add a little cold water if the sauce thickens too much.
  8. Add the basil leaves about five minutes into the simmering and stir through.
  9. Add the uncooked prawns and stir through until they are cooked - they become pink and curl around into a circular shape.
  10. Serve the dish by adding some rice to the dish, then to the side add some sauce and place the prawns on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with a bit of the coriander leaves.

Method - Spicy Basmati Rice

  1. Rinse out rice in cold water several times, until water is clear.
  2. Add rice to stainless steel pot with about 5cm (2") water covering it.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and leave covered to cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Check on the rice to make sure there is enough water for the rice to absorb (it can be a matter of trial and error until the right amount of water is used for this method).
  5. The rice will be cooked when the water has absorbed. The cooked rice will be fluffy and perfectly cooked.

  Nutrition Information Amount % Daily
Calories 330 16.5%
Calories from fat 96 23.3%
Total fat 10.7 g 16.2%
Saturated fat 1.7 g 8.1%
Cholesterol 195 mg 65.1%
Sodium 640 mg 27.3%
Carbohydrate 33.2 g 11.3%
Dietary fibre 2.9 g 12.2%
Sugars 5.1 g n/a
Protein 24.8 g 32.1%
The % daily values are based on a diet of 2000 calories per day
These are approximate values.


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