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Here is a recipe for Swahili Prawns with Coconut Rice that you can enjoy at GK Palms in Watamu:

Ingredients for the Prawns:

  • 1kg of large prawns, deveined and peeled
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp of Swahili spice mix (can be found in local markets or online)
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander for garnish

Ingredients for the Coconut Rice:

  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Begin by preparing the prawns. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
  3. Add the minced garlic and Swahili spice mix and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes to the pan and stir well.
  5. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  6. Add the prawns to the pan and stir well to coat them in the sauce.
  7. Cook the prawns for 5-7 minutes, until they turn pink and are fully cooked.
  8. Add lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander.

Instructions for Coconut Rice:

  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a large pot, combine the rice, coconut milk, water, salt, and cinnamon stick.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot.
  4. Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and remove the cinnamon stick.

Serve the Swahili Prawns with Coconut Rice on a large platter and enjoy with family and friends at GK Palms!

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