Spanish Prawns with Spicy Lentils

by Anna on June 9, 2010

in Seafood,Shelfish,World Food

Do you know some of those days when all you try to do backfire’s in your face? Yep! I had one of those yesterday…. I felt like I was running in circles chasing my own tale like a dog. I had so much stuff piled on my to do list (yes, I make lists) that I thought I would need an extra arm. And the whole time I was thinking how people with kids manage to survive? I would pull my hair until I had none left if I had kids today. So at around 5, I just threw my list in the garbage, prepared myself a Caipiroska and tried to have some fun cooking this Spanish dish. And believe me I don’t know if it was the Caipiroska or the fact that I was cooking (probably a combination of both) but everything felt right again. This recipe is on Delicious magazine when I saw it I knew I would love it. I didn’t have the Chorizo sausage, but this recipe is a keeper. It was really yummy.

Spanish Prawns with Spicy Lentils


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chorizo sausage, chopped
  • 1 tbsp harissa*
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400 g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 220 g jar roasted red capsicums, drained, and sliced
  • 1-cup (250 ml) chicken stock or water
  • 500 g peeled green prawns (tails intact)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and chorizo, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the onion softens and the chorizo starts to crisp. Stir in harissa and cook for a further minute. Add tomatoes, lentils, capsicum and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture has thickened slightly. Season the prawns with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add to the pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the prawns are just cooked through. Stir in the parsley. The rice is just simple rice with black mustard seeds. Enjoy.

*Harissa is a North African chili paste from delis and gourmet food shops.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori June 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

This is great! I love lentils, but struggle with creative ways to use them. I can definitely go for this dish.

Cindy June 22, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I must try this recipe- my husband will love it!!! thanks so much for sharing it

Anna June 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Thanks Sophie. 😀

Anna June 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Oh Dear Jenn, don’t get fooled by the shiny pictures, I have loads of pulling my hair days. LOL.

Sophie June 12, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Hello Anna!

What a colourful & stunning prawn’s dish!! Yeah!!

I so love this!

Jenn June 12, 2010 at 7:24 AM

I never would have thought you would ever have a rotten day. For some reason, I look at your pictures, read about your lovely purchases at farmers markets and think: Anna has beautiful days! I’m sorry to hear that everything that could go wrong would. But at least your Caipiroska and spicy prawns were delicious. That had to make up for all that negativity 😉
*kisses on cheeks*. xoxoxo

Anna June 11, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Hi Mika, try my Caipiroska, you will sure relax. 🙂

sweetlife June 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

sorry about your day, I have many of those, but wow what a way to end your day..great dish, yum


sensiblecooking June 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Picture and the name was enough to make me print this recipe for tonights dinner. And yeah I make list too and chase myself around in circle most of the time.

Mika June 10, 2010 at 11:19 PM

I make lists too, but they always become longer not shorter…and that drives me crazy, completely…I have to try your strategy to relax myself…I never relax, I can’t, I don’t know how to do it, it’s not one of my skills…
I will try the caipiroska and a vegetarian version of this, maybe it will work…

The Housewife June 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I make lists too and then promptly loose them! I’m glad your day ended on a good note. There’s nothing like a great meal and cocktail to turn things around… this is a great recipe that looks so pretty!

Anna June 10, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Thanks Stella. Have a nice weekend. 😀

Stella June 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Hey Anna, I make lists too! I need to look at mine to make sure I’m actually doing the things I say I’m going to do…
These prawns look so delicious, and your photos are extra beautiful. Even just the bowl of rice looks amazing.

Roti n Rice June 10, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This look absolutely yummy especially with that rice.

Erica June 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Oh how beautiful! Lentils and prawns are so meant for each other. Can’t see how the combo can miss. great photographs 🙂 Sorry about your day….I have one kid and I really, reallly, really need a nanny 😉 I understand, Anna!

5 Star Foodie June 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM

This dish looks terrific! I love the addition of harissa!

Happy Cook June 10, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Wowo this looks so so delicious, i am sure trying this once.

Anna June 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Caipiroska is a form of Caipirinha prepared with vodka instead of the usual cachaça. It is a popular cocktail in Brazil. And you can flavor it with other fruits, like Passion fruit, strawberries, blueberries, and pomegranate juice. I will put a link for you to check. 🙂

Anna June 9, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Hahahaha! Tamy essa e boa, neta de indio. A melhor coisa que eu fiz foi comprar essa batedeira, dai devagar eu fui comprando os ascessorios. Maquina de fazer espaguete, and sorvete. Vale o investimento. Tamy nao repare se meu Portugues tiver cheio de erros, faz tanto tempo que nao escrevo em portugues que nem sei mais. E quando eu falo com minha familia, eu misturo portugues com ingles e e uma farofa so. hahahahaha! Fazer o que? Adorei sua polenta. Beijos e ate mais.

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective June 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Sorry about your day, but your dish looks STUNNING! What awesome flavors and colors!

The Cilantropist June 9, 2010 at 8:01 PM

As usual, everything looks beautiful and I can almost feel the heat from your dish through my computer! Although I don’t really know what a Caipiroska is, my best guess is that it is a boozy adult beverage so I hope it soothed your nerves. 😉

citronetvanille June 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

oh sorry you had one of those days! the good thing is that out of the bad day, came out this beautiful dish! I guess it evens it out. It is truly appetizing, the combo, the colors, everything is perfect, i’m sure it tasted heavenly too.

Tamy June 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Garota, vc nao e convida não que eu sou neta de índio, levo tudo ao pé da letra… hahahahahhaa e ainda fico na hospedada na sua casa!!! hahahahahahha

Brincadeiras a parte…

Tbm fico chocada com a diferença dos preços.
Meu sonho é ter uma batedeira da Kitchen Aid!!!! Aqui custa mais de R$1000,00

beijos querida!!!

ps: estou adorando as suas visitas e claro q as suas receitas tbm… fantástico esse camarão!!!


Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 9, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Now that is one divine comfort food meal! Very contemporary and looks wonderful. Nice photos!!

bunkycooks June 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

This does look really good, bad day and/or cocktail or not! 😉

Cook with Madin June 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

This is a cute post, I enjoyed reading it. I’m still laughing about your comment: you will pull all your hair until none left. The dish really looks like a keeper, my husband love to eat shrimp, and I love lentil, both of us will enjoy this dish. Great photos too.

Julie M. June 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Look at the beautiful colors in that dish!! You most certainly made up for you bad day with that. I wish I could have been there to partake in it with you.

cannellette June 9, 2010 at 12:05 PM

This looks really good!

Belinda @zomppa June 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Good way to end a bad day!

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