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Prawns and Pineapple Curry

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Prawns and pineapple curry is another very popular Nonya (Peranakan) cuisine, fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisines. Peranakan are people whose ancestors were the initial Chinese migrants who inhabited in the states of Penang and Melaka in Malaysia and Singapore. Intermarriages between these Chinese migrants and local Malays created Nonya cooking, a combination of Chinese ingredients with various spices and cooking methods used by the Malay people.  Nonya prawns and pineapple curry is very mouth-watering, with a sweet, sour and spicy taste from the prawns cooked in pineapple, chillies spice paste, assam (tamarind) and coconut milk. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free, egg free and nut free.

Nonya Prawns and Pineapple Assam Curry

Pineapples (Ananas comosus) belong to the Bromeliaceae family and originated from South America. Christopher Columbus discovered pineapples in 1493 in one of his expedition to South America and brought them back to Europe. They can only be cultivated in tropical climate and are now commercially grown in countries like China, Philippines, Thailand, Queensland, Africa, Hawaii, Brazil and Mexico. Pineapples were regarded as an indulgent and exotic fruit, but they are currently available in supermarkets and homes, all year round throughout the world. They are considered one of the most popular tropical fruits enjoyed by many.

Gluten Free Nonya Prawns & Pineapple Assam Curry

Pineapples are sweet, juicy, yellow in colour and very aromatic in taste. They are bursting with defensive phytonutrients, antioxidant Vitamin C and protein processing enzyme called bromelain. They are not only extremely high in Vitamin C, but also an excellent source of manganese and copper. In addition, pineapples are also a good source of copper, vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (Thiamine), fiber, vitamin B9 (folate/folic acid) and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Health benefits of pineapples include: may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration, support healthy skin and hair, promotes joint health by reducing inflammation, may reduce cancerous tumour growth, reduce common cold and flu inflammation, decrease excessive coagulation of blood and aid in digestion.

GF Nonya Prawns & Pineapple Assam Curry

Nonya Prawns & Pineapple Assam Curry

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4 Responses

  1. kate @veggie desserts
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    THis sounds so lovely and zingy with the pineapple. And amazing with your turmeric rice!

    • daphnegoh
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      The zesty pineapple and prawns in coconut curry is simply perfect with turmeric rice. :)

  2. Sarahs
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    I love, love prawn curry but I’ve never tried it with pineapple before. Love to try this! :P

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      I adore prawn curry too. This combo of prawns and pineapple curry is unique and will really tempt your taste buds. :)

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