Sayur Masak Lemak (Curry vegetables)

    30 mins

    This is a very simple vegetable curry that can accompany any meal. Use your choice of vegetable--string beans, brinjal or carrots, and even tofu can all be substituted.


    Central Region, Singapore
    21 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon belacan (shrimp paste)
    • 1 fresh red chilli
    • 50g small prawns, shelled
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • salt
    • 1 small cabbage, chopped
    • 180ml water
    • 120ml coconut milk

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Pound the onion, belacan and chilli with a mortar and pestle into a smooth spice paste. Or grind in a food processor. Sprinkle the prawns with sugar and set aside.
    2. In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry the spice paste ingredients till fragrant. Add the prawns and cabbage and stir and cook until the cabbage is almost done.
    3. Pour in the water followed by coconut milk. Season with salt to taste and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat and serve with rice and a meat dish.

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    This was such an easy recipe. I made my own prawn stock, using the heads and shells of prawns and used that in the recipe instead of water. It added so much more flavour. For vegetables I cut up chunks of kabocha squash and napa cabbage. Delicious!  -  04 Jan 2011