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Serves :

Preparation Time :
20 minutes

Cooking Time :
20 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Peel the chayotes, remove the seeds and cut into strips.
  • Grind the fresh red chilies, onion, ginger, sliced lemon grass and the fresh turmeric to a paste in a food processor or mortar. Add the water to the paste mixture, with lemon juice and salt to taste.
  • Add the top the lemon grass stem with the mixture into the pan . Bring to the boil and cook for further 1 minute .
  • Add chayote or courgette pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Stir in the prawns and cook gently for 5 minutes. Remove the lemon grass stem. Garnish with shreds of chili and serve with rice.


  • 1-2 chayotes or courgettes (zucchini)
  • 3 fresh red chilies, seeded
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 lemon grass stem, lower 5cm / 2in sliced, top bruised
  • 1 in fresh turmeric, peeled
  • 200 ml water
  • Lemon juice
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 450 grams cooked, peeled prawns (shrimp)
  • Salt
  • Fresh red chili shreds, to garnish
  • Boiled rice, to serve

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