Kerala Prawn Mappas

Prawn Mappas is a traditional preparation of fresh prawns in coconut milk and is a speciality of Kuttanadu region of Kerala. Mappas is a traditional and easy to prepare Kerala recipe, with a Perfect balance of flavours.The natural sweetness from prawns and coconut milk is merged with the tanginess of kokum and mild spices.

Serves: 2
Time to make: 35 mins
Sea White [Large 25-30 Pcs/ Kg] 300gm
Sliced Small Onions 200gm
Green Chilli Slit 6 nos
Ginger Julienne 5 gm
Kokum (Soaked in warm water) 20gm
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Coconut Slices 20gm
Salt to taste

For Spice Paste

Grated Coconut 1/2 nos
Dry Red Chilli 15 nos
Coriander Seeds 2 tsp
Black Peppercorn 1tsp
Coconut Oil 20 ml

For Spice Paste

Coconut Oil 5 ml
Mustard Seeds 1 stp
Dry Red Chilli 2 nos
Curry Leaves 10 nos
Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup
Thin coconut milk – 2 cups
Salt – To taste ---


Heat coconut oil in a cooking utensil.

Crack mustard seeds, fennel seeds, add curry leaves, followed by a pinch of fenugreek, ginger, garlic and green chillies for tempering

Add onion and fry until the onions is soft and turn golden in color.

Add the spices paste and saute over low heat .

Add thin coconut milk, soaked kokum and bring to simmer.

Add prawns and season with salt. Add thick coconut milk. cover the utensil and cook over low heat till the prawns are just cooked(6-7Mins). along this the gravy starts to thicken.

Turn the heat off and drizzle some coconut oil and garnish with curry leaves.

Serve hot with rice, Kerala Parotta or appam.