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Malabar Prawn Curry

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Inspired by the dish that is a specialty of the state of Kerala in India, this Malabar Prawn Curry is a spicy, tangy and delicious addition to your lunch or dinner menu.
Malabar Prawn Curry

The Malabar Prawn Curry is a dish that originates from the coastal regions of Kerala. It is a spicy dish with a red color and is made with prawns, curry leaves, coconut milk, curry powder and other spices.

The Malabar Prawn Curry is traditionally cooked in clay pots in the open air. The dish has been described as one of the most popular dishes in Kerala cuisine.

Malabar Prawn Curry

Malabar Prawn Curry
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Malabar Prawn Curry Recipe

Inspired by the dish that is a specialty of the state of Kerala in India, this Malabar Prawn Curry is a spicy, tangy and delicious addition to your lunch or dinner menu.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients for Malabar Prawn Curry

  • 400 g Prawns shelled, de-veined, tails intact
  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 4 to 6 Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Cream
  • 2 to 3 tsp Lime Juice
  • few Coriander Leaves chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies slit
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 3 Sambar Onions julienned
  • 1/4 inch Ginger finely sliced
  • 2 Garlic finely sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander Powder
  • as per taste Salt
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Oil

How to make Malabar Prawn Curry

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the prawns and mix well until evenly coated.
  • Cover and keep the bowl in the fridge till required.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Fry the mustard seeds for 30 seconds.
  • Add the green chillies, curry leaves, sambar onions, ginger and garlic.
  • Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.
  • Stir and fry well.
  • Add little water and mix well.
  • Add the coconut milk and stir.
  • Reduce flame to low and simmer till the curry is semi-thick.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Stir well.
  • Add the prawns and coconut cream.
  • Gently stir till all ingredients are well combined.
  • Cook till the prawns are done and curled up.
  • Add lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice.

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