Prawns Curry / Malvani Kolambi

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how to make prawns curry


Prawns curry or kolambi kalvan is authentic Maharashtrian recipe. Which is made with prawns and some spices. This is part of regular food in kokan/coastal  area. One can cook Kolambi in different types but this one is my favorite and also a must try once kind of recipe…


prawns curry / malvani kolambi


This recipe is very famous recipe in coastal area. It is little bit expensive in hotels so i prepare it at home. I learnt this recipe from my sister and i love this recipe. Prawns did not take more time for cooking but yes they consume good amount of time for cleaning so lets make this recipe.

Step-by-step instructions with pictures immediately follow recipe



We need ingredients for prawns curry are prawns, onion, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, cumin seed, Coriander and lemon(for garnishing), kokum, oil, red chilly powder and salt to test  as ingredients for making prawns curry.


Prawns Curry Ingredients


First we start from washing prawns. Some time we buy whole prawns. I usually buy prawns without mouth and outer layer. If you buy with outer layer and mouth then remove their outer layer tell and mouth with help of sizer.

Wash prawns and remove black lines from prawn. These black line give bad taste to prawns so make sure to remove these black line while making curry. I shown below how to remove black line with help of knife from prawn in pictures below and wash them again.


Prawns Cleaning Process


Marinate prawns with turmeric powder, salt and keep it aside for 10 min. It helps to decrease odor from prawns and also increase flavor. Some people do not like prawns or any sea foods smell….


Prawns Turmeric Mix


Now we start to cook prawns curry, heat 2 tbsp oil in kadai or in pan and add 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds.


Prawns Curry Cumin Fry


After that add onion and sauté until it becomes pinkish brown or melt. Then also add tomato and sauté until it’s start to melt……


Prawns Curry Onion Tomato


Now also add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste and stir for 5 mins……


Prawns Curry Masala V0


Add dry spices, first of all add 1 tbsp coriander and 1 tbsp cumin powder. Next add 1/2 tbsp garam masala and finally 1 tbsp chilly powder and mix well…….
Prawns Curry Masala


Add 1 tbsp of coconut powder and stir it for 5 mins. Then slow down heat and add 1/2 cup of water . Mix all together cover kadai with lead…..


Prawns Curry Fry V0


After 4-6 min it releases oil .Then finally add marinated prawns……..


Prawns Curry Fry


If you want more gravy you can also add 1 cup of water. Then add 1 to 2 slices of kokum. Kokum helps to increase taste of curry hence i use it. Its ok sometime kokum is not available……


Prawns Curry boiling


Stir all things and cover kadai with lead for 10 mins on slow heat. Even on slow heat prawns do not take more time for cooking because seafood does not take long time for cooking. As a result tasty Prawns curry is ready. Finally garnish with coriander and lemon.
Serve with rice, bhakri or chapati.


Prawns curry

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Post Author: Asmita Pawar-Gaikwad