Prawn Tikka with Coconut Rice

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Serves 4-6

These awesome bbq prawns tikka skewers can be served with fries or baked potatoes and sauce instead of rice. I find that the subtle coconut flavor perfectly compliments the spicy prawns. I even drizzled the rice with a light coconut sauce and served with some sliced fried potatoes. A meal that will definitely blow your mind!

Ingredients for Prawn Tikka
500 gm
prawns, shelled and de-veined
1 tsp
garlic paste
1/2 tsp
ginger paste
1 tsp
tomato paste/puree
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
juice of 1 lemon
(2 tbsp)
1 tbsp
tandoori powder
1 tsp
red chilli powder
1/2 tsp
salt, or to taste
2 tbsp
Ingredients for Coconut Rice
3 cups
basmati rice
(washed then soaked for 20-30 minutes)
1/2 cup
heavy coconut milk
3 1/2 cups
light/diluted coconut milk
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
Ingredients for Coconut Sauce
light/diluted coconut milk
1/2 cup
heavy coconut milk
1/2 tsp
cornflour mixed with a bit of water to form a paste
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
red chilli powder
1 tsp
lemon juice
green chilli, slit
salt to taste

Prawn Tikka

Mix all the ingredients except for prawns and oil. Heat the oil and pour it into the mixture, stir it in well. Then add the prawns and mix everything together. Leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes, then thread the prawns on skewers and barbeque or grill under a very hot grill for around 10-12 minutes per side or until done.

If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in cold water for about 30 minutes to prevent them from burning during grilling.

Coconut Rice

You can make coconut milk lighter by diluting with either milk or water in the ratio half to half.

Soak the rice for 20-30 mins. Drain and set aside. Pour the light coconut milk in a deep pan, add the garlic paste and salt. Bring to a boil, then add the drained rice. Simmer on medium heat giving an occasional stir. Once the moisture diminishes and the rice is more than half way cooked, reduce the heat to low. Pour in the heavy coconut milk. Give the rice a quick final stir, cover with a tight lid and put on very low heat to steam for about 15-20 minutes to ensure the rice is completely done or bake the tightly covered rice in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for the same amount of time. When done, open the pan, and gently fluff up the rice with a fork. Serve warm.

Coconut Sauce

When making coconut sauce it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep stirring the sauce whilst it is cooking to maintain a smooth consistency. Leaving it unattended even for a few seconds on the heat could end up with the sauce breaking/separating.

Pour everything except for the cornflour in a small pot/pan. Keep the heat on low and stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the coconut milk is cooked and slightly thickened. Add the cornflour paste and keep stirring until the sauce is thick. Turn off the heat but keep stirring for a few more minutes until the temperature of the sauce drops. Taste and adjust salt/spice/lemon if needed. Drizzle this sauce over the warm coconut rice and serve!



This recipe looks rilly great Fauzia. I surely need to try it out

As usual you've made my children very happy. A total success. I even did the same with calamari. Thanks again

MASHALLAH this is very yummy.

Asalam ...instead of bbq can I place in it oven for 10 mins...

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W/Salaam yes you can. Make sure you turn the sticks midway so both sides get done equally.

A. Aleikum Fauzia. Thanks for your many wonderful recipes. I would like to know what temperature should I set for the prawns to be placed in the oven? Would there be a difference in taste between grilled and oven cooked prawns? Thanks.

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W/Salaam, 180 C for about 10 minutes per side. Grilled ones are better because it prevents the prawns from losing all the moisture and drying out.

Asalam aleykum fauzia, I have marinated the ingredients but I want to fry the prawns, only that I'm not sure if it will be fully cooked! Should I boil it first? Or If I put it in the oven then will it taste as fried? Please let me know soon so I can proceed

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W/Salaam, prawns take about 3-4 minutes to cook through, so don't worry, frying is don't have to boil them first.

looks very interesting.

Hi Salaam Fauzia
Shukran for the delicious recipes!
Can i put the prawn skewers on the Gorge Forman Grill when grilling? Or would an oven be better?

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W/Salaam, yes you can grill it on the George Foreman Grill. Prawns don't take long to cook! :)

mashallah i will tyr ur receips

mashallah ur receips r eazy n delicious i will try

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Sorry dear have never cooked or had octopus before.

dear fauzia,
Kindly assist on the preprations & cooking of octopus (pweza) to a yummy tender finger licking meal.

thnx for all the nice recipes :)
will try the praws tikka by nxt wk inshAllah

asalam thnx total success for the prawns tikka...

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Tried and turned out so well...thanks


If i use the oven should the prawns be turned so that they cook well and should the oven grill be put on



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W/Salaam, yes use the grill but turn them over once so both sides get cooked evenly.

Hi. I could not find the recipe for Coconut Rice individually, but came across this. I wanted to make the Coconut Rice with your other recipe Chicken in Coconut Sauce, as you said it goes well with it.

Just wanted to ask, is the coconut sauce mentioned above meant for the prawn tikka, or for the coconut rice?

I want the recipe for the coconut rice only, and am not sure if the sauce is part of that.


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Hi, yes the recipe for coconut rice is mentioned in the recipe above. If you check again you will not that the rice recipe is given separately from the prawns one.

Hi. Can I use desiccated coconut in some way if I don't have coconut milk?

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Hi, I am normally not a fan of using desiccated coconut in dishes that require liquid coconut milk or cream as it does not really work as well since desiccated coconut is dry.

Hi! Love your recipes...
Just wanted to ask what is Tikka Masala? Is it the same as garam masala or do I have to buy a paste/powder called tikka masala?
Thanks! :)

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Hi, I have not used tikka masala, do you mean tandoori powder? If so, then that is a different spice from garam masala.