How to make Malwani Prawn Curry -

Prawns cooked in a delicious malwani gravy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Seafood

Malwani Prawn Curry

Malwani Prawn Curry Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Malwani Prawn Curry Recipe

  • Prawns shelled and deveined 16 medium

  • Coconut

  • Salt to taste

  • Coconut scraped 1 cup

  • Onions chopped 4 medium

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Garlic chopped 12 cloves

  • Whole dry red chillies soaked 8

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Kokum petals 5-6

  • Coconut milk 1/2 cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Apply half a teaspoon of salt to prawns.

Step 2

Reserve one tablespoon of coconut and dry roast the remaining coconut and one onion in a thick bottomed kadai over medium heat for two to three minutes, stirring continuously or till coconut turns light brown in colour.

Step 3

Cool the roasted coconut and onion mixture and grind to a paste along with coriander seeds, turmeric powder, half the garlic and soaked red chillies.

Step 4

Marinate prawns in this paste and set aside until required. 

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