Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spicy Prawn Coconut Roast

Prawns always come in handy when you want to make something quick and easy, especially when you get it cleaned and packed in a bag! I love the prawns with the tail on, as it adds more taste to the curry/dish you make. I was trying to cook up something different with prawns and was thinking about different ingredients that should go into it. The one thing I knew for sure that needs to be in was coconut. I love how the taste of prawns gets enhanced by the flavor of coconut. So here I am with my new trial which really turned out great, that I have already made it a couple of times now!

Serves 5 people

Prawns- 1 lb (I used Tail on Prawns)
Shredded Coconut- 1 1/2 cups
Small Onions - 20 no:s
Chilly Powder- 1 1/2 tbsp
Coriander Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsp
Ginger- 30 gms (10 oz.)
Garlic- 30 gms (10 oz.)
Water- 1 1/4 cup
Salt- to taste
Curry Leaves- 2 twigs

  1. Dry roast the shredded coconut until it is reduced to half (around 3/4 cups) and is slightly brown in color.
  2. Add the small onions and a twig of curry leaves and roast for 5-6 minutes in a medium flame.
  3. Add the chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder to the coconut and roast again for 4-5 minutes in a low medium flame.
  4. Keep aside the roasted coconut to cool down.
  5. Coarsely grind the roasted coconut in a mixer. No water is needed. 
  6. Smash the ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle or mixer to a coarse paste.
  7. Heat oil in a pan and add the smashed ginger and garlic; saute until the raw smell is gone.
  8. Add the prawns to the pan and mix well with the ginger and garlic paste.
  9. Add the coarsely ground coconut to the prawns and mix well.
  10. Add water and salt to this and mix well again.
  11. Allow the prawns to cook and keep stirring in between.
  12. When the water is almost reduced, add the remaining curry leaves and keep stirring the prawn continuously, until it is dried up and is in the roasted form.

If you are a fan of prawns and love coconut, I am sure you will love this dish. This will go well with all different rice varieties including plain rice and also with rotis, appam or parotta.


  1. Dear Fatima
    Thats a great and innovative recipe...I carefully studied the ingredients...great..30 gm garlic , grated coconut, no garam masala ..cant wait to make it really.
    Ya you are right..prawns are useless if part of the skin or tail or the head is absent. The flavor comes from these. In fact I boil the skin, head etc, and fridge the stock in ice tray to make cubes. Use them as prawn stock for making soup, noodle, fried rice and also use when I am forced to buy cleaned and frozen prawns.
    Thank you..Merry Christmas and Happy New year..I will be travelling from 25th to 6th Jan..so wishing you in advance.ha ha
    Have a nice week

  2. This prawn dish looks great.I love prawn in dry preparations!

  3. ayyo ithu kandittu vayil ninnum vellam varunnu adipoli ketto

  4. Hey,

    Beautiful prawn roast...:)



  5. Omg, mouthwatering here...wat a droolworthy roast,makes me hungry.

  6. Mouthwatering prawns..Nalla recipe dear,very innovative..will surely try this.

  7. tats a mouthwatering platter...simply amazing

  8. Truly very tempting, I'm definitely gona try this.

  9. OMG.Irresistible, ente control pokunne..Adipoli aytund tto chemmen roast..

  10. LOved the recipe..looks so tempting....

  11. What a pretty color..beautiful dish!

    US Masala

  12. Way too tempting...kidilan aayittundeda..

  13. wow..i am a big prawn fan...it looks so tempting...i am gonna surely try this...

  14. great recipe fathima.....looks tempting as well....

  15. നിങ്ങള്‍ ആരും ശെരിയല്ല. വേറൊരു ബ്ലോഗില്‍ ചെമ്മീന്‍ ബിരിയാണി കണ്ടു കൊതി പിടിച്ചു ഇവിടെ വന്നപ്പോള്‍ ദാ.. പട പേടിച്ചു പന്തളത്ത് ചെന്ന പോലായി കല്യാണികുട്ടി യുടെ അവസ്ഥ..

  16. Loved the gravy dear...makes me drool! :D

  17. oh that looks spicy ...slurp would to try with warm rice :)

  18. Fatima the name itself is mouth watering!!

  19. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
    Merry Christmas
    Lyrics Mantra Jingle Bell

  20. this is just heavenly.. i can't wait to make it..oh girl, if i was only staying near to u.. :(

  21. I am a huge shrimp freak and will race any far to have a plate of shrimp cooked in any form. I admire the way you didn't turn this into curry and made it as a roast.

  22. A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

    - Smita
    (fun foods for little eaters

  23. a very happy new year Fatima. wish you a great year ahead.

  24. This sounds so good! Fantastic combination!

  25. hey tats just sinful!! love to follow u..


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