Curried Praws – don (two) Malwani Style

16 Dec

So guys, here’s the version that we make at home. Two things to remember, don’t be too stingy with the lemon and the chili. These are the two defining tastes of this curry. I don’t know the traditional name, but at home we call it Kolbi Curry.

Also, this is sort of the quick version because I don’t have equipment like a mixer-grinder in my hostel kitchen. So this is my humble effort. Hope you enjoy it!

What you need:

200 gms prawns (again, I’ve used cooked and peeled ones)

1 cup dessicated coconut

1 red onion

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 tsp coriander seed powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

4-5 tbsp of lemon juice

2 tsp chilli flakes

salt to taste

coriander for granish

5 tsp oil

3 cups water

What to do:

For the base:

On a high flame, heat a non-stick pan with 1 tsp of oil in it. Once the oil is heated, add the red onion and saute. We need the onion to lose its moisture and go from red to brown, so keep moving it around till it starts browning.

Once brown, add the chili flakes and saute for about a minute.

Now reduce the gas to medium and add the dessicated coconut. Saute until the coconut too starts browning. This is important, because we need that smoky flavour.

Turn the gas off and keep aside.

(At this stage, I would’ve ideally put the mixture into a grinder and made it into a smooth paste. But I dont have one 😦  sniff. )

Your base is ready!

For the main dish:

In deep pan, heat the remaining oil on high flame. Once hot, reduce the flame to medium. First add the mustard seeds. If the oil is sufficiently hot, the seeds will start to splutter.

Now add the coriander seed powder and the turmeric. Stir it around a bit till you get this amazing aroma…sigh.

To this add the base that you prepared and quickly stir.

Now add the water and bring to a boil.

Once the mixture starts boiling, add the prawns and boil for another five minutes. Add lemon juice, salt and coriander leaves.

Kolbi curry is ready! Slurp!

Serve hot with plain steamed rice. Yum.

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2 Responses to “Curried Praws – don (two) Malwani Style”

  1. Ram December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Could you replace the cocunut shavings with coconut milk?

    • seasonsingredients December 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

      Hey! sorry, at the time of making the recipe i was a bit strapped for supplies, but next time, i promise i shall replace it with coconut mik 🙂

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