Thursday, 27 June 2013

Vietnamese Prawn and Mango Curry

It's mango season now and I have been buying and eating many sweet juicy mangoes from the supermarket at such reasonable prices. This time of the year is the best time to experiment with all sorts of mango dishes and desserts and this Vietnamese Prawn and Mango Curry is one of those lovely recipes which I came across. 

I have never had a Vietnamese curry before and thought that the ingredients used actually resemble Thai ingredients. The curry was easy to make and aromatic from the use of shallots, lemongrass, lime leaves and basil leaves. The flavours of these ingredients are infused into the coconut milk curry and leaves a lingering fragrance as you eat it. 

The mangoes add a sweet note to the curry and goes very well with prawns (or other seafood). I'll definitely be making this again!

Vietnamese Prawn and Mango Curry (Serves 4 to 6)
Recipe adapted from here

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass (I used 2 sticks and chopped them into large chunks, smash them for extra fragrance)
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder (I used 1.5 tbsp)
  • 300 ml coconut milk (I used 500 ml)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (I used 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1 kg raw king prawns, peeled but tails left on
  • 300g mango flesh, cut into 1.5 cm cubes
  • 10 pieces of Kaffir lime leaves, torn (my own addition)
  • 10 pieces of basil leaves, torn (my own addition)
  • 200 ml water 
  • More basil leaves to garnish
  • Fry the garlic, shallots and carrots in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the lemongrass, chilli and curry powder and cook for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, 200ml (7fl oz) water, fish sauce and basil leaves to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes and then stir in the prawns and mango. 
  • Simmer, partially covered, for 3-4 minutes or until the prawns are pink and cooked through. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with steamed jasmine rice.
COOK'S TIP: Try adding 1kg mixed diced seafood - such as monkfish, cod, salmon and mussels - instead of just prawns

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Miss B from Everybody Eats Well in Flandersat this post.


  1. Hi Mich
    These curry sure looks good for rice and even for roti too. I have never dare try out cooking curry with mango in it.

  2. that must be good i love it with bread too

  3. That looks awesome Mich! I love seafood curry...and the mango, my goodness, sweet and savory combo is the best! :P

  4. This seafood curry is so special, i hope i can try it!

  5. I love prawns.. But never thought of cooking it along with mangoes... Bookmarked this recipe :-)

  6. Mich, I have never had mango in curry and it sure sounds good! Must try one of these days as I am a mango lover.

  7. Thats is a lovely combination of Mango & Prawn. I loved the clicks.

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  9. Sweet and spicy flavours, so enticing!

  10. Mich these flavors are wonderful!!! Mango, curry and shrimp!! YES PLEASE!

  11. Prawn and mango are both my favs, love the combination

  12. This look amazing I love prawns!

  13. A wonderful array of ingredients in this dish - I'm sure the lovely fragrance was so much part of the enjoyment of the dish. I'm a huge fan of mangoes especially from The Philippines!

  14. You really know how to make a good curry Mich!Prawns and mango are a great combination. Bookmarking this one.

  15. what a surprise to see mangoes in curry!truly mouthwatering pictures!

  16. The sweet and spicy combo must be wonderful ! This curry looks very appetizing , Mich :)

  17. Wow, Mich, looks utterly scrumptious! Making this again? Let me know when, I'll drop by!

  18. This recipe sounds very doable and home friendly. Love the addition of kaffir lime and basil leaves. Yummy!

  19. Looks lick-the-plate-clean delicious with the add of mango. Seriously love the gravy.

  20. Hi Mich, I think this is a very unique curry, I have not cooked with mango in a savory dish before, sounds delicious and looks it too!

  21. Mango in curry? YUM!! That sounds extra delicious! I definitely need to try this. My mouth is watering as I see your photos and read your recipe...

  22. Hi Mich,

    I think that Singaporeans at our centralised location are very lucky to be able to enjoy mangoes throughout the whole year... They are now in seasons at the northern hemisphere and in seasons again during the end of the year at the southern hemisphere... This means that you can cook this delicious curry throughout the year :p


  23. Hi Mich, your curry look absolutely delicious. The taste must be heavenly, great combination mango with prawns. :)

    Have a great weekend.

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