Jhinga molee

Jhinga molee

Prawns in coconut milk

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

A molee is a South Indian preparation in which the main ingredient is cooked in rich coconut milk; it is also used in Sri Lanka and among Malays and is often called a ‘white curry’. It is deliciously mild. Coconut milk being the main ingredient, the pan must not be covered at any time during cooking and the liquid should be stirred while coming to the boil to prevent curdling.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
750g raw large prawns
1 tablespoon ghee or oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
2 fresh red or green chillies, halved lengthways and seeded
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
8 curry leaves
500ml coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
lemon juice, to taste

Method

  1. Shell and devein the prawns if you like, but some local cooks say the prawns should be in their shells, for they retain more flavour this way. If you leave the heads on it is still possible to devein the prawns by inserting the tip of a sharp knife or a thin skewer behind the head and teasing out the intestinal tract.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook until the onion has softened but not browned. Add the chilli, turmeric and curry leaves and cook for 1 minute, then add the coconut milk and salt and stir until it starts to simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, then add the prawns and cook for 10–15 minutes, or until opaque.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, to taste. Serve hot.
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The Complete Asian Cookbook
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