Seafood Bathed in a Heavenly Coconut Tomato Broth Recipe
For my cheat’s fish stock (or of course, ditch this step if you have quality fish stock at hand)
spring onion/shallot stalks, cut roughly in pieces
a few parsley leaves
prawn heads (cut off the 8 prawn bodies being used below)
garlic, peeled and smashed
For the Main Recipe
ghee or coconut oil – whatever you prefer! Both delicious and nutritious
purple onion, finely diced
garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
Indian spice (cumin, mustard seed, fennel seed, coriander seed, fenugreek) or your favourite curry powder
turmeric paste (flat, not heaped)
baby spinach leaves
prawns, peeled and poop shoot removed
(slice down the back to about 2mm deep and peel away the little dark string.)
(Local, not imported if you can) with the prawns, all sprinkled with salt and olive oil and mixed in a bowl until needed.
Celtic sea salt, to taste
Fresh coriander, to serve
Double the quantities for a bigger family or friends coming over, or to make a reserve dinner for a hectic day down the track!
To make the cheat’s stock
Chop the heads off the prawns and pop them and the carrots, spring onions, thyme, parsley, tomatoes and water in a small pan and simmer on lively, for 15 minutes.
To make the main event
Once you’ve got the cheat’s stock going, chop your onions, and get them going in the coconut oil (or ghee or macadamia oil) in a large heavy based pan, on medium heat.
Then chop your garlic, fresh turmeric and have ready.
Once onions are really soft and getting golden (about 15 minutes, pop the teaspoon spices, garlic, turmeric in and fry off for 1 minute.
Add the coconut milk, tomatoes and water and cook off for 5 minutes. Then strain the cheat’s stock into the liquid.
Finally, pop the marinara, peeled prawns (poop shoot removed too!) and baby spinach in to poach for just 4-5 minutes max.
You can serve this with either steamed green vegetables or brown rice – depends on your preferences.
I love to throw some generous fresh coriander leaves to finish – a fabulous contrast to the warming, rich flavours of the dish.
If you can’t get a blend of Indian five spice ready blended, just buy the individual spices in the smallest size you have, and place all in a larger jar to create your own!