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Shrimp and Scallops Malai – Shrimp and Scallops In Creamy Coconut Sauce

Creamy, silky and delicious curry…

I made this shrimp and scallops malai for tonight’s dinner. It was incredibly delicious that I couldn’t wait any longer to share the recipe with you all. Delicious would be an understatement. I am in need of a new word to describe this silky, creamy dish. How about if I say it’s incredibilicious??? I feel better now. Anything that has shrimp and scallops are my favorites even if it doesn’t taste that delicious, I can handle just the taste of shrimp and scallops. Now, if it tastes delicious and if it has shrimp and scallops; I will get greedy and wild and what not…

“Malai”  is a hindi word which means “cream”. Usually, cream is added for making malai dishes, but in this dish coconut milk is added that’s what I liked the most. An incredibly delicious dish that will make your taste buds go wild n wild.

Shrimp-scallop Malai

Step By Step Pictures

Sautéing shrimp and Scallops

making shrimp scallop malai

Making the creamy sauce

Adding cooked shrimp and scallops to the sauce

making-shrimp scallop malai

Shrimp and Scallops Malai - Shrimp and Scallops in creamy Coconut Sauce
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Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
  • Shrimp, deveined- 10, medium-sized
  • Scallops- 6 large or 10 small
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Butter- 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Onion paste- 4 tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Dried red chili flakes- 1 tsp
  • Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk- 1 cup
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 tbsp
  1. In a bowl, combine shrimp and scallops with turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside for a few minutes.
  2. Place a pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp butter, let the butter melt.
  3. Place the shrimp and scallops over the butter, cook tiil they have slightly cooked through. Don't overcook them.
  4. In a blender, grind one small chopped onion along with water into a smooth paste.
  5. Use the same pan, add 1 tbsp butter.
  6. Add cumin seeds, saute for a few seconds.
  7. Add onion paste, saute for 5 minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  8. Add ginger-garlic paste, saute for 2 minutes.
  9. Add tomato paste, saute for 2 minutes.
  10. Add dried chili flakes, saute for a couple of minutes.
  11. Add the coconut milk, combine well and let come to a slight boil.
  12. Add salt.
  13. Add the cooked shrimp and scallops, combine well and cook for 3 minutes.
  14. Add garam masala, combine well.
  15. Garnish with cilantro.
  16. Remove the pan from the heat, keep it covered for a few minutes.
  17. Serve with rice, naan, roti, chapati, etc
  18. This dish doesn't have much gravy, it's a thick creamy dish. Absolutely yum.
You can make this just with shrimp




Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...