The Best Prawn And Pumpkin
Curry Recipe For Halloween!


The pumpkin carving has begun, and we have a delicious pumpkin recipe to make. This impressive prawn and pumpkin curry may look complicated, but once you have all the ingredients ready it’s quite easy to make for your loved ones.


  • Large raw tiger prawns, 24
  • Turmeric, 2 tsp
  • Lemon, 1 juiced
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sea salt flakes, 1 tsp
  • Baby leaf spinach, 100g
  • Steamed basmati, to serve

Curry Paste

  • Tamarind paste, 3 tbsp
  • Shallots, 3 chopped
  • Tomato, 1 small chopped
  • Ginger, 70 g chopped
  • Green chilli, 1 deseeded and chopped
  • Garam masala, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground fenugreek, 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground coriander, 1/2 tbsp
  • Coconut Milk, 400ml

Sauce base

  • Pumpkin or butternut squash 700g, peeled and cut into rough chunks
  • Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
  • Shallots, 200g finely diced
  • Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, 2 small diced


  • Black mustard seeds, 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves, 15
  • Garlic, 2 cloves chopped
  • Shallots, 2 finely chopped



Toss the prawns with the chilli, turmeric, lemon juice, 3 tbsp veg oil and 1 tsp sea salt and chill for 2 hours.


For the curry paste, whizz the ingredients, with 100ml warm water, in a blender.


To make the sauce base heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas. Toss the pumpkin in a little vegetable oil and the whole cumin seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.


Put a large pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and cook the shallot until lightly browned. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato, stir and then stir in the curry paste. Season with sea salt to your own taste.


To make the Tarka, heat another 2tbsp of vegetable oil in a separate pan until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek and stand back while they pop. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves, garlic and red onion. Sizzle for 30 seconds and then add to the main sauce.


Add the baked pumpkin to the sauce, cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. You can prep-ahead up to this point. When you’re ready to serve. reheat gently then add the marinated prawns, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked. Finally, add the baby spinach and stir into the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat as the spinach will wilt very quickly.

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