SW recipe: King prawns biryani bowls

Serves 4 Ready in about 45 minutes


Low-calorie cooking spray

2 onions, chopped

1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp medium curry powder

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp turmeric

2 unwaxed lemons

3 large carrots, peeled and diced

300g white cabbage, diced

300g dried basmati rice

650ml vegetable stock

200g spinach, roughly chopped

2 large tomatoes, diced

300g raw king prawns

1/2 small pack of fresh coriander leaves

Fat-free natural yogurt, to serve


Preheat your oven to 200°c/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spray a non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the onions, ginger and garlic until soft and golden. Stir in the curry powder, tomato puree and turmeric and fry for another minute. Cut 1 lemon into quarters and squeeze in the juice. Remove from the heat.

2 Put the squeezed lemon quarters and half the onion mixture into a shallow, lidded ovenproof dish and place over a medium heat. Add the carrots and cabbage and fry for 1 minute, then stir in the rice and stock. Bring to the boil, cover and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Discard the lemon quarters. Stir in the chopped spinach. cover and allow to wilt

3 Put the frying pan with the remaining onion mixture back over a medium heat. Add the tomatoes and half a mug of water. Fry for 21 minutes. Stir in the prawns and fry until just pink and cooked through.

4 Divide the rice and prawns between 4 bowls and scatter over the coriander. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges for squeezing over and serve with the yogurt.
Syns per serving: FREE


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