Prawns Cooked in Banana Leaves


Soft Succulent Prawns marinated with loads of cooked spices, onions n tomatoes , wrapped in banana leaves and pan seared or baked so that when they cook in the steam and spices , don’t lose moisture and at the same time get cooked to precision is what this post is all about. Some food don’t need any story at all. The picture speak for themselves. They make you slobber and make you hungry. What more do you need ? Hmmm.. I think I would need a cup of steamed rice and I can enter into endless ecstasy.

What You Need:

Prawns – Any Size of your choice. Bigger the better. Size does matter here
Banana Leaves – Young and Tender ones. If you don’t find them, you can also use old ones but put them over gas flame for some time to make them soft. Else, the leaves might break when you try to fold them. Clean the leaves nicely before you use them
Ropes of threads to tie the leaves

Onions cut into julians
Tomatoes – chopped to small size
Ginger chopped
Garlic chopped
Green chili chopped
Fennel seeds
Curry leaves
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds
Lemon juice
Grated cooconut

You might have noticed that I have not given any quantity here. That’s because, you can add any amount you want here. Depending upon how much prawns you have and how much level of spice you want, you can increase or decrease the quantities mentioned above.

Steps To Make:

Marinate prawns
In lemon juice, salt, turmeric powder and keep aside for atleast 30 minutes. This helps prawns to lock any odors while cooking.
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fennel seeds.
Add curry leaves, green chilies, ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
Next add onions and cook till it turns brown.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns soft and pulpy.
Switch off the flame.
Add marinated prawns, grated coconut and mix well. Our prawns are ready now to be wrapped.
Take a considerable size of banana leaf and put about 2 tbsp of prawns.
Wrap the banana leaf from all side and tie them down so the prawns are locked inside.
If you have small leaves, wrap small portions.
Now, you can heat a pan and cook the wrapped leaves from both sides in 1 or 2 tsp of oil.
Enjoy with steamed rice and masala prawns .
And then if you enjoy this dish, don’t forget to leave a comment on this post.


  1. Wow! I love any dish with prawns....I'm drooling.

  2. looks perfect and love to eat with fried rice

  3. i have never tried using prawns in chinese gravy,surely must be yummy