coconut prawn

coconut prawn

Coconut based shrimp curry or Prawn " malwani" as it is popularly known is a very famous dish in the western coast of India. Usage of coconut is very liberal here in various forms of cooking. The sea food is usually cooked spicy in these regions of India. In my next article, I will be sharing the recipes of Coconut based fish curry (Malwani fish curry) and coconut based dry fish (Malwani fish dry) recipes.

Serving 3

Cooking time 20 minutes

ingredients :-

  • Prawn/ shrimp 1 lbs (shelled and deveined)
  • Onions 3 (medium) chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • coconut 1 1/2 cup grated
  • tamarind pulp 1 tsp (soaked in warm water)
  • oil 3 tsp
  • red chili dry 2
  • green chilli 4-5 (optional)
  • turmeric 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic 1 1/2 tsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • Water 1 1/2 cup
  • coriander for garnishing


  • Marinate shrimps with 1/2 tsp of turmeric and salt.
  • Heat pan in the gas in medium flame.
  • Roast red chilis till he aroma starts coming.
  • Pour oil in the pan and 1/4 measure of the onions and fry till they are golden in color.
  • Grind shredded coconut, onions, red roasted chilis, tamarind pulp, cumin seeds, garlic, black peppercorns and the other spices and make a fine paste. Do not add water.
  • When the onions are golden, add the paste and mix properly.
  • Stir till the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add water and bring the mixture to a boil. You can increase the flame if you want. Stir well.
  • Now  add the marinated  shrimps and mix well. Let it cook for four to five minutes. Then turn off the gas.
  • Garnish with coriander.

If you do not wish to make it a curry dish then you can add only 1/2 cup of water. You can add chili-garlic instead of plain garlic. This will make the dish more spicy. Chili garlic is available in any grocery store. You can also increase or decrease the number of pepper used in the recipe (both red chili and green chili). For more shrimp recipes read