The great thing about seafood curry is that it cooks in much less time than a meaty curry. This simple, fragrant prawn dish is slightly sweet and deliciously mild (add a dash of chilli powder if you like yours hotter). It also works very well with fresh, cleaned, black mussels or cubed firm white fish. Enjoy with a glass of the 21 Gables Chenin Blanc.

9 APRIL - SATURDAY ENTERTAIN - Cape Malay-style prawn curry

Serves 4

Note: This recipe is made with trimmed, shelled prawn tails. Although these are easy to eat, whole prawns (de-veined, head-on) will add even more flavour. If you don’t mind the shells or eating with your hands, choose them instead (about 1kg).

You’ll need: 1 onion, chopped; 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped; 1 knob fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped; 15ml roasted masala curry powder (or medium/ mild curry powder); 5ml ground cumin; 5ml ground turmeric; 1 x 400ml can coconut milk; 5ml sugar; about 500g prawn tails, shelled and deveined (see the note above); salt and pepper to taste; fresh coriander leaves to serve; cooked basmati or jasmine rice to serve.

How to:

In a wide, deep pan or pot, add the oil and fry the onions until soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger, and fry for 30 seconds, then add the masala, cumin and turmeric and stir for a minute until the bottoms of the pan go dry.

Add the coconut milk, sugar and prawns, stir and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until the prawns are just cooked.

Remove from the heat, season generously with salt and pepper. Serve hot in bowls over rice, topped with fresh coriander. 

About the wine: 21 Gables Chenin Blanc

This wine is sourced predominantly from vines more than 40-years-old growing in a single vineyard on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills in Durbanville. Matured for 14 months in French oak, this full-bodied wine offers soft aromas of dried apricots and ripe tropical fruit, with an oak and vanilla undertow, on the nose. On the palate, there’s a rounded richness of flavour and good acidity, with white flesh peaches, almond paste and creamy notes. At the 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, this wine received the Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc and was also given the Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall.

Spier Signature wines can be tasted and purchased at the farm in Stellenbosch and are widely available at retail outlets and supermarkets and online at

* Recipe & image by Spier.

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