Prawn Mappas – Kerala style prawn coconut curry

Prawn mappas it is a Kerala style coconut milk-based curry with prawns. I made it along with Maradu choru – a coconut milk rice cooked with a specially prepared masala and curry leaves thogayal/Chammanthi. It goes well with Rice, Appam or Idiyappam.

Also try the other Prawn Recipes.

Let’s see how to make this curry.

Preparation Time : 25 mins

Cooking Time : 20 mins

Serves : 3


Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

fenugreek seeds – a pinch

chopped garlic – 1 tbsp

Chopped ginger – 1 tbsp

Dried red chillies – 4 (broken into pieces)

sliced shallots – 1 cup

Green chillies – 5 ( slit into halves)

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

fennel powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Tomato – 1(sliced)

Prawns – 350 g( around 20 pieces)

Kokum/Malabar tamarind – 2

Thin coconut milk – 1 cup

Thick coconut milk – 1/4 cup


1.Extract the first thick coconut milk and second thin coconut milk.Soak Malabar tamarind in 1/4 cup of hot water.Clean, de vein and wash the prawns well.Keep all the ingredients ready.

2.In a pot, heat coconut oil.Add mustard seeds.let it crackle.Then add fenugreek seeds, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, dried red chillies pieces.

3.Add sliced shallots, sliced green chillies, curry leaves and saute them for 1-2 minute until the raw smell leaves.

4.Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, fennel powder, salt to taste and mix well.

5.Add sliced tomatoes, cleaned prawns, soaked Malabar tamarind and the thin coconut milk(second extract).Mix well.Cover and cook in low flame for about 6-7 minutes.

6.Add thick coconut milk and allow it to cook for a minute.Then switch off the flame.

Prawn mappas is ready.

Serve hot with Rice, appam or Idiyappam.

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