Prawn in Coconut Sauce – Kamba wa nazi

Prawns in Coconut Sauce

Prawns in Coconut Sauce

Kamba (Prawns/shrimp) is loved in the coastal region. Shrimps taste better if cooked for just a few minutes on high heat. In the past I preferred fried shrimp only, but shrimp cooked with coconut milk is something that I would advise everyone to try. Believe me; you may never want fried shrimp ever again if you try this recipe. This recipe is exotic.


  • 1 lb Prawns / shrimps (Jumbo)
  • ½ cup Onions
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 cup Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro
  • ½ – 1 cup Sweet peppers (red, yellow, green)
  • ¼ – 1 cup coconut cream (tui Zito)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable/canola oil


  1. Marinate the shrimps with salt and black pepper if you want (not a must), and then put in a fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add onions and fry at medium heat until translucent or light brown. Add garlic and ginger, continue to cook until garlic turns brown
  3. Add black pepper and turmeric/ saffron, stir for half a minute; then add tomatoes paste stir for one minute
  4. Add Sweet peppers and cook for a bout a minute, then add tomatoes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook the tomatoes until dissolved.
  5. Then add coconut milk. Stir until coconut cream boils. Add prawns, salt and cilantro, cover the pot and allow to cook for 5 minute and the prawns will be ready to eat. If the sauce is not enough when it is cooked, add more coconut milk or water.
  6. Serve hot

Serve with:

  • Ugali, rice and your favorite vegetables
  •   14 comments for “Prawn in Coconut Sauce – Kamba wa nazi

    1. rose
      February 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Thank you so much tried this recipe today and it came out great. Very easy to prepare also

    2. Rose from Venezuela
      June 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      Dear Miriam Rose…I prepared this recipe and went out excellent…Also I prepared brown rice with the light coconut milk and also went out very good… This is the first time in my life that I eat the shell of the prowns and prepare the whole of it… thank you for giving me another source of feeding…this is fun… Blessings… Rose from Venezuela

    3. June 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM


      • June 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Dear Nazim,
        I will let you know, i now ave your email, it should be very soon. I also lived in Mwanza near lake Victoria during my childhood. It is such a nice place.
        Karibu tena.

    4. April 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Nice place, I was living at zanzibar some years ago, and I would like to ask you about Zanzibar Pizza, can you send me dough racipe? shoul be nice if we can share recipes and why not, to improve my suahili language… best regards from Sunny Cancun, Mexico.

      • April 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        Marco, I will have zanzibar pizza on video soon.

    5. April 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Cooking prawns in coconut milk…I’m trying that!

    6. Nisa
      April 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      I’m wondering how many people does this serve?

    7. January 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      That looks awesome!

      I’m a science researcher and I’ll be visiting Tanzania this summer (Mikumi National Park) for the first time. I’m spending time learning more about the country and the culture. And I hope I get to taste the foods you blog about here.

      I’m a blogger, too; and I write about science and outreach for Scientific American. I hope to continue blogging while I’m in Tanzania. Discovered your blog and hoping to make some online connections to make my visit and work worthwhile.
      Already, I’m starting a list of dishes I want to try when I arrive.

      Until later,

      • June 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM


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