5-2 Diet Prawn Curry:
It feels like a while since I’ve done any cooking. Partly because I was testing some ready meals suitable for the 5-2 diet (you can read more about them on my most recent post of 5-2 diet tips) and partly because I’ve been out a lot! But, this particular recipe, 5-2 Diet Prawn Curry is a real winner. I’ve adapted it from my favourite Indian Cookery Book, Reza’s Indian Spice – it’s simpler and I’ve taken out most of the fat and reduced the amount of coconut milk. But it’s still wonderful and doesn’t taste at all like a diet recipe. The portion size is quite generous, but I chose not to make rice for my own supper, instead wilting some spinach and mixing them with some softened onion, cumin and coriander.
If you are not dieting, or even if you are and have saved enough calories, feel free to serve this with rice.
Nutritionally, this isn’t quite as healthy as some of the recipes I’ve been making. That’s mostly because of the coconut milk which is high in calories and the prawns which are high in dietary cholesterol. But, the jury is out on both those issues and I have been reading a lot from some real dietary experts on the value of coconut milk. If you ARE worried and want to reduce the level of cholesterol, you could replace the prawns with a firm white fish like monkfish, or with scallops.
All in, this is a really filling and comforting dish for a 5-2 diet fast day. If you serve my 5-2 diet prawn curry with 75g of cooked white rice you will add around 100 calories, but you probably won’t need all of the prawns! The spinach side dish I made has negligable calories and is actually a good accompaniment for the main curry.