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Coconut Curry Cauliflower Soup & Dukkah Prawns

22 March 2024

Cauliflower slowly stewed in coconut milk flavored with tons of ginger, turmeric and a flavourful curry mix? Yes please! Topped off with oven roasted prawns coated in Dukkah and curry flavours. A total no-recipe-fridge-raid winner of a dish.

I served it with flatbreads toasted with sesameseeds and spices and a tomato koriander salsa (here is the recipe). Great combo!

Together with the flatbreads and prawns I also roasted the cauliflower leaves until golden and brown. So much flavour!

Coconut Curry Cauliflower Soup & Dukkah Prawns

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Dinner, lunch middle eastern
By Saffron Serves: Soup for 4, prawns for 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes


  • Soup (amount for 4 ppl)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4–5 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 4 cm ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp Indian curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground koriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (more to taste after cooking)
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces . Leaves set aside.
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 750 ml vegetable or chicken stock (or 750 ml water and 1 stock cube)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Dukkah Prawns (amount for 2 ppl)
  • 2 tbsp dukkah (store-bought or or homemade)
  • 300 g prawns, deveined and peeled
  • 1 tbsp Indian curry powder
  • Salt to taste




Heat the oil in a heavy based pot and add the onions and a pinch of salt. Sauté until fragrant and translucent, ± 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for another minute.


Add all the spices (curry powder, turmeric, mustard seeds, koriander and cumin) and stir to coat. Keep stirring for 1 minute then add the cauliflower and potato. Mix to coat.


Add the coconut milk and top off with just enough water to get everything to simmer, the cauliflower can stick out a bit.


Let simmer on low heat with the lid on for ± 35 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked through.


When a fork easily pricks into the cauliflower remove from the heat and blend, using a hand held blender, into a silky smooth soup. Taste and season to your liking.

The prawns & Roasted cauliflower leaves


While the soup is simmering preheat the oven to 200°C.


Toss the prawns into the dukkah with some salt and the curry powder.


On a lined baking sheet place the cauliflower leaves in 1 side, drizzle with some olive oil and season with pepper and salt.


On the other side spread out the prawns.


Roast in the oven for ± 20 minutes until the prawns are done and the cauliflower leaves are nice an crispy.



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