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Title: King Prawn Ceylon
Post by: Naga on August 26, 2019, 08:46 AM
I bought half a kilo of large prawns at the weekend with the intention of enjoying a nice, hot, saucy curry based on the tried and tested Chicken Ceylon recipe ( I habitually use. (I suppose I really should start calling it a Sri Lankan curry, although, in truth, I wouldn't know what a typical Sri Lankan curry would taste like.)

So after 30 minutes of shelling and de-veining the prawns, I was left with enough large prawns for 2 meals. I think I probably need some practice in the de-veining department as the cooked prawns ended up looking like miniature pink tyres! They tasted and texture was fine, though.

Incidentally, I made a stock for a seafood paella with the shells which I fried off with onion and carrot and boiled for 20 minutes in 500ml water. I blitzed the stock and strained it through a fine sieve and again through a very fine reuseable coffee filter.

Long-time members will be aware of my fondness for this particular recipe and, because my good lady wife is neither fond of prawns nor hot curries, it was going to be mine, all mine! :)

The only addition I made to the standard recipe was a heaped tablespoon of chilli, coriander and garlic paste which is based on Chewy's recipe and made with a handful of eye-wateringly hot bullet chillies, a large bunch of fresh coriander and half a large bulb of garlic all blitzed together in sunflower oil.

It was really good, and the best news is that I have the other half in the fridge to look forward to.

Title: Re: King Prawn Ceylon
Post by: pete on August 26, 2019, 10:47 AM
are those king prawns?
how much did you pay for them?
Looks very good

I notice that prawns are marketed in a different way these days
They all seem to have got smaller
What most supermarkets now  call King Prawns, I used to buy as ordinary sized prawns
Title: Re: King Prawn Ceylon
Post by: livo on August 29, 2019, 10:12 PM
King refers to a species, not size.
Title: Re: King Prawn Ceylon
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on August 30, 2019, 09:54 AM
From (

2) The term king prawn is used as a catchall for several species of prawns – typically the prawns grown in SE Asia (and elsewhere especially S America). (It would not properly be used for Dublin Bay prawns which are an altogether different item.)

3) The legal definition of king prawn in the UK is:
King prawn: This description can only be used where the prawns are of the species and size given below:-

    all species of the family Palaemonidae
    all species of the family Penaeidae
    all species of the family Aristaeidae

Where the count is:-

less than 123 per kg (head on/shell on) or
less than 198 per kg (head off/shell on) or
less than 242 per kg (head off/shell off) …. that would be 4 grams per prawn…
Title: Re: King Prawn Ceylon
Post by: mickyp on August 30, 2019, 11:35 AM
Good work Phil, it’s amazing the stuff you can learn from Prawn movies :)))