Grilled King Prawns With Coconut, Lime, Chilli and Galangal Dres

“This is a recipe request published in Australian Gourmet Traveller from the restaurant Jonah's at Whale Beach.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 small lime
  • 14 fresh coconut, flesh removed and finely grated
  • 16 green king prawns, peeled and cleaned, leaving tails intact
  • 16 betel leaves
  • 50 g raw peanuts, roasted, shelled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 red asian shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 fresh red birds eye chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked and washed
  • 1 bunch spearmint, leaves picked and washed
  • Dressing
  • 50 g tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp
  • 2 cm piece galangal, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 170 g palm sugar, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce


  1. For dressing, combine tamarind pulp and 100ml boiling water in a bowl and stand for 30 minutes. Place dried shrimp in a mortar and, using a pestle, pound until finely ground. Place ground shrimp, galangal, shrimp paste and palm sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until sugar melts.
  2. Increase heat to high and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until fragrant. Add tamarind mixture and fish sauce and return to the boil, then remove from heat, strain through a fine sieve and cool. Stir in enough cold water to achieve the consistency of pouring cream. Makes about 2/3 cup. Dressing will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 3 weeks.
  3. Using a small, sharp knife, remove rind from lime, leaving a small amount of flesh on the skin, then chop rind into 2mm pieces.
  4. 3 Place grated coconut on an oven tray and roast at 180C for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until golden.
  5. 4 Char-grill or barbecue prawns over medium-high heat until just cooked through. Place 4 betel leaves on each plate. Combine peanuts, shallots, chillies, chopped lime rind, coconut and herbs in a bowl, then add 2 tbsp dressing, or to taste, gently combine and divide salad among leaves. Top each leaf with a cooked prawn and serve immediately.
  6. Recipe by Richard Purdue (Jonah's, Whale Beach).

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