Prawn and coconut Mauritian curry with homemade roti

Shelina Permalloo makes one of her own favourite dishes - a beautiful Mauritian curry.

Ingredients3 to 5 tbsp vegetable oil2 spring onions1tbsp of garlic & ginger paste2 red chillies sliced length-ways1 large tomato finely chopped1tbsp coriander stalk finely chopped10 curry leaves1/4 tsp fennel seeds1/4 tsp coriander seeds1/2 cinnamon stick3tbsp medium masala powder200ml water200ml coconut milkSize 8/12 prawns x 16 (the extra large prawns - easiest to buy frozen)Coriander & coconut flakes to garnishSalt to taste

For the roti300g plain flour75ml vegetable oil100-150ml warm water or enough to create a soft doughPinch salt1/4 tsp turmeric powder1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Method

  • Fry off the spring onions, garlic paste, chillies, coriander stalks and curry leaves until fragrant.

  • Mix the curry powder and dry spices with 50ml water to make a paste and pour this into the curry. Allow this bubble and fry off.

  • Next add the tomatoes and reduce for a few minutes before pouring in the coconut milk and rest of water.

  • Check the seasoning and add salt if required. Add in the defrosted prawns and cook for 2 minutes.

  • Turn off heat and allow prawns to cook in residual heat of pan.

  • Garnish with curry leaves, fresh coriander and some coconut flakes.

For the roti

  • In a large mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix together. Then slowly add in the oil and water until you get a nice soft dough that isn't sticky. You may need more or less water depending on how dry your flour is.

  • Separate into 8 balls before using a rolling pin to roll out into dinner plate size circles.

  • Heat a large frying pan over a high heat and brush with some oil. Add in 1 roti and allow some bubbles to appear on the surface. Once you see bubbles turn it over and brush with oil and allow the bubbles to form again. Flip it over a further 2 times and it will be cooked. Continue until you have cooked all the roti. To keep them warm cover them with a clean tea towel until you are ready to serve.