Prawn Moilee

Prawn Moilee is a Kerala style coconut milk based prawn stew which is mildly flavoured with spices.

This is one of my favorite seafood recipes because if how simple it is to make. prawn moilee is a popular Kerala style recipe adapted it from fish moilee recipe.

You can eat this prawn moilee with basmati rice or with appam or dosa. I usually love may spicy prawns recipes such as Eral Thokku / Prawns thokku and Prawn Masala. This is a refreshing twist to usual tomato based gravy.

Fish / Prawn moilee has an interesting history, In the colonial indian times when the Portuguese occupied Kerala, an officials wife Molly couldnt handle the spicy fish curry so, the local cook added coconut milk to it and made it milder for her to eat. Hence they named the stew Meen Moilee meaning fish Molly. (Molly got changed to indian accent to moilee.)

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Prawn moilee is one of those mild and soothing recipes available to us

How to eat Prawn Moilee

It is best served with basmati rice. It also pairs well with bread for breakfast.

Ingredients required for prawn moilee

  1. 400 gms Prawns Deveined
  2. 1 Large Onion
  3. 5-6 no.s Cherry tomatoes or 1 regular tomato
  4. 3-4 tsp Coconut oil
  5. 1.5 Tbsp Ginger Finely chopped or julienne
  6. 2 no.s Green Chillies
  7. 1.5 cups Coconut Milk Thin
  8. 1/2 cup Coconut milk Thick
  9. 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  10. Salt (To taste)
  11. 1/4 cup Tamarind water Thin

I used canned coconut milk in this recipe and used about 1/2 cup of a can for thick coconut milk that is mentioned and about 1/2 cup of it mixed in water to make 1.5 cup thin coconut milk.

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Prep work before you begin

Marinate the prawns in salt and turmeric for about 15 minutes

Slice the onions, slit the green chillies, finely chop the ginger

Keep the coconut milk measured and keep it ready.

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Tips before you begin

So some of the tips here are a must share because this recipe uses very little ingredients unlike any other indian recipe so every ingredient adds to what this recipe is about.

1. First tip, Do not over cook the prawns – It turns hard to chew. This is for beginners who haven’t cooked prawns/shrimps before, prawns take very less time to cook.

2. How do you know if the prawns in cooked or not ? – When the prawns is added it is sort of semi translucent. when it is cooked it curls and tightens and also turns opaque. Some turn light pinkish. That when you turn off the heat.

3. Do not skip Coconut Oil – I don’t know if using any other oil would add justice to any of the Kerala originated recipes.

4. Cook the onions until translucent and do not brown it. Browning the onions is not for this recipe. How ever we will add a final fried onion as a garnish to bring a nice sweetness to the dish.

5. Highly recommend the final fried onion in coconut oil elevates the flavours

6. Coconut milk has a tendency to split when boiled vigorously. Once the thick coconut milk is added, bring to to a gentle simmer and turn off the flame.

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Variations

Green chillies can be replaced with black pepper for those who prefer.

Can replace prawns with salmon to make fish moilee.

You can squeeze 1/2 lemon juice instead of tamarind juice, but ensure you do it after you turn off the heat to avoid the lemon flavour turn bitter.

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How long can I store prawn moilee

Prawn moilee can store well in the fridge for up to 3 days, so it is an excellent meal prep option for busy people.

Pictorial recipe (step by step)

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  • Take a wide bowl, add the cleaned and deveined prawns to it, add salt, 1/2 turmeric powder to it mix well and leave it in the refrigerator to marinate for about 15 minutes.
  • Mean while, prep the veggies required for the recipe.

  • Heat a pan, add coconut oil to it. Add ginger, curry leaves, green chillies and sauté for a half a minute or until the flavour are infused.
  • Next, add in the 3/4 th sliced onions, a little salt to cook the onions and cook until the onions are softened and translucent.
  • Add the marinated prawns to the pan and mix it in.

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  • Next, add the thin coconut milk, remaining turmeric powder, tamarind water salt to taste bring it to a gentle simmer on medium flame.
  • Add in the cherry tomatoes and allow the prawns to be cooked.
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  • Finally add thick coconut milk and keep the flame in small and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Mean while, prepare a small wok or pan, add oil, and add about 1/4 sliced onions and sauté until they are nicely browned.
  • Now turn off the prawn moilee, add the fried onion and some fresh curry leaves
  • add a drizzle of fresh coconut oil (Optional)and serve hot with rice or basmati rice.
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Prawn Moilee

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Kerala recipes, South Indian
Servings 5 People

Ingredients
  

  • 400 gms Prawns Deveined
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 5-6 no.s Cherry tomatoes or 1 regular tomato
  • 3-4 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Ginger Finely chopped or julienne
  • 2 no.s Green Chillies
  • 1.5 cups Coconut Milk Thin
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk Thick
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt (To taste)
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind water Thin

Instructions
 

  • Take a wide bowl, add the cleaned and deveined prawns to it, add salt, 1/2 turmeric powder to it mix well and leave it in the refrigerator to marinate for about 15 minutes.
  • Mean while, prep the veggies required for the recipe.
  • Heat a pan, add coconut oil to it. Add ginger, curry leaves, green chillies and sauté for a half a minute or until the flavour are infused.
  • Next, add in the 3/4 th sliced onions, a little salt to cook the onions and cook until the onions are softened and translucent.
  • Add the marinated prawns to the pan and cook it until it starts to change color.
  • Next, add the thin coconut milk, remaining turmeric powder, tamarind water salt to taste bring it to a gentle simmer on medium flame.
  • Add in the cherry tomatoes and allow the prawns to be cooked.
  • Finally add thick coconut milk and keep the flame in small and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Mean while, prepare a small wok or pan, add oil, and add about 1/4 sliced onions and sauté until they are nicely browned.
  • Now turn off the prawn moilee, add the fried onion and some fresh curry leaves add a drizzle of fresh coconut oil (Optional) and serve hot with rice or basmati rice.
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