Malabar prawns served on a plate

Malabar prawns

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 12 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Make one of Kerala’s staple dishes – malabar prawns, a speciality of the South Indian coast. They're quick and easy to prepare and full of distinct flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal171
  • fat8g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 400g raw king prawns
    Prawn

    Prawn

    praw-n

    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 2 tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 3-4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 4 tsp lemon juice, plus a squeeze
  • 40g ginger, half peeled and grated, half finely sliced into matchsticks
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2-4 green chillies, halved and deseeded
    Chillies

    Chilli

    chill-ee

    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 40g fresh coconut, grated
    Coconut

    Coconut

    koe-koe-nut

    A large hairy, brown nut that grows on the coconut tree, found throughout the world's…

  • ½ small bunch coriander, leaves only

Method

  1. Rinse the prawns in cold water and pat dry. Toss them with the turmeric, chilli powder, lemon juice and grated ginger and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the curry leaves, chilli, sliced ginger and onion. Cook until translucent, about 10 mins, then add the black pepper. 

  3. Toss the prawns in with any marinade, and stir-fry until cooked, about 2 mins. Season if required and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve sprinkled with the coconut and coriander leaves.

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