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Malabar Prawn Curry 1

Malabar Prawn Curry

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian


Malabar Prawn Curry is an Indian curry dish prepared with large prawns cooked in a sauce made out of tamarind, coconut and jaggery,


  • 500 g large prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 400 ml coconut cream
  • 1 green capsicum, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 pcs tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 pcs curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 pcs shallots, thinly sliced
  • ghee
  • salt
  • coriander, to garnish


  1. In a pan add some ghee and heat the mustard seeds until it starts to pop
  2. Add the fenugreek seeds and shallots, stir fry for a minute then add the green capsicums and 6 pcs of curry leaves. Continue to stir fry for 8 minutes or until shallots turn light brown.
  3. Add the garlic, chilli powder and turmeric powder then sauté for 15 more seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes, continue to cook for 5 minutes while mashing the tomatoes with the back of the spoon.
  5. Mix the tamarind paste in the boiling water, pour it into the pan together with the coconut cream and brown sugar. Season with salt then simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  6. Add the prawns and cook for 5 more minutes. Turn heat off then garnish with the remaining curry leaves and coriander.