Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Its about time that I share this recipe here with you. I always include this when making a Rijsttafel (an Indonesian dinner consisting of many different dishes) This is originally intended for mussels but I prefer the prawns. The sauce can be made in advance for up to 2 days, keep in the fridge until needed

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the following into your food-processor: onion, sambal, garlic, cumin, coriander, candle nuts, fish paste, galangal and process until you have a paste.
  2. Heat the oil and fry the paste for approx 5 minutes, then add the lime leaves and the bay leaves.
  3. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add the prawns and cook until they turn pink, do not overcook them.
  5. Taste the sauce and add salt and sugar to your liking.
Most Helpful

5 5

this was quick, easy and delicious. i did have to make a few substituions for ingredients. i used the macadamias suggested. i also subbed ginger for the galangal and lime zest for the leaves. i served this over jasmati rice and it was wonderful.

5 5

Great recipe and a really nice change to not have a tomato based dish. Once the paste was processed it really was no time at all to put the meal together. I used macadamias, fish sauce and ground ginger. I did have shrimp paste here but decided on the fish sauce. Thanks for another great recipe Pets.

5 5

I was served this dish by the chef herself as part of an Indonesian Rijsttafel and it was delicious! Had a nice spicy 'afterburn' from the chili paste. Thanks for the dinner Pets! :)