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Coconut Prawns

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Coconut prawns is a fried prawn Thai dish. As indicated by its name, the prawns are coated with desiccated or shredded coconut before they are deep fried or pan fried or even baked. Just visualise munching on juicy and succulent fried prawns coated with a light batter seasoned with coconut, absolutely delicious! There are many variations of coconut prawns. The prawns are normally dipped in beaten eggs or just egg whites before being coated with coconuts and sometimes bread crumbs as well. For my gluten free recipe, I am using fresh large tiger prawns marinated with light coconut milk and salt, then coated with corn (maize) flour, ground paprika, ground turmeric and desiccated coconut, pan fried until golden brown. These delicious prawns are served with a pineapple and cucumber salad and coconut flavoured brown rice. This recipe is also egg free, soy free, dairy free and nut free. This coconut prawns recipe is incredible served as an entrée or appetizer or as party food.

 

Coconut Prawns

 

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Prawns or shrimps, belongs to a very large group arthropods called crustaceans, the members of this group include lobsters, crabs, crayfish, shrimps or prawns, krill and barnacles. Prawns have customarily been well liked in countries all over the world as part of their local cuisines. Prawn is a distinct source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid nutrient called astaxanthin. It is also a superb source of selenium and vitamin B12. Prawn is an incredible source of protein, phosphorus choline, copper and iodine. Furthermore, prawns are good source of vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc and calcium. Prawns are also a reasonably good source of omega-3 fatty acids, with the same amount of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and help lower triglycerides. Eventhough prawns have higher than average amount of cholesterol, they do not cause higher cholesterol levels as a result of their healthy fat contents. There are many health benefits of consuming prawns: may help reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases and lower blood pressure due to the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids present; help reduce iron deficiencies; promote healthy immune system; help maintain a healthy central nervous system and musculoskeletal system and may help lower risk of colon cancer.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Kate @ VeggieDesserts
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    What a special way to enjoy prawns, and that pineapple salad soudns divine!

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      I love the unique flavour of dessicated coconut with prawns and the pineapple salad certainly complements the prawns well. :)

  2. Glamorous Glutton
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    These look so crispy and delicious, a fabulous recipe. GG

    • daphnegoh
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      Thanks GG, these coconut prawns have a nice crunch, nice flavour and yummy! :)

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