Aug 7, 2014

Kooni Murungai Keerai Thoran Recipe / Baby Prawns & Drumstick Leaves Thoran Recipe

Hubby has been talking about this baby prawns called as kooni for a long time. I have never seen them or used them too. But he told that they cook it along with drumstick leaves like they cook drumstick leaves thoran. And oneday he bought me a parcel, when i opened it there were a bunch of baby prawns.

I asked the recipe from my mother in law and tried it. It turned out pretty great actually. So i thought of sharing it with you all..Try it and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 to 25 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Coconut Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 medium size chopped finely
Curry leaves a small handful
Drumstick Leaves / Murungai Keerai - 2 cups
Baby Prawns / Kooni - 300 grams
Salt to taste

For Masala:
Fresh Coconut - 1 cup Grated
Dry Red Chilli - 4
Garlic - 2 pods
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp


Start by washing the baby prawns really well, there will be lots of sand on them. Squeeze all the water and set aside.

Grind the ingredients given for the masala to a coarse mix, dont add water.

Heat oil in a earthernware kadai. When they are hot, add in mustard and urad dal and let them pop.

Add in onions, curry leaves and saute for a couple of mins. Add in salt and saute again for a couple of mins.

Now add in the drumstick leaves and saute for a couple of mins. They will wilt immediately.

Once they are wilted, add in the baby prawns and mix well.

Saute this for 5 mins or so on a very high heat.

Now add in the ground masala and toss well for another 2 to 3 mins on high heat.

Serve this with rice.

Take all your ingredients

Wash your baby prawns really well,
because there will be lots of sand on them

A Close look at them, they are so tiny..

First lets make the masala, take coconut in a blender

add dry red chillies

cumin seeds

garlic cloves

grind it to a coarse mix, dont add water

Heat coconut oil in a earthern ware kadai

add in mustard and urad dal

After the seeds pop, add in onions and curry leaves

saute for couple of mins

add salt

saute for couple more mins till the onions shrinks

add in cleaned and washed drumstick leaves

give a quick toss in the oil, it will shrink

now add in baby prawns

mix well

keep stiring on high flame for 5 mins

now add in the coconut masala

stir again for 2 to 3 mins on high heat

Now everything is well combined and looks done



  1. how to clean the shells and dirt thing which is on it top

  2. @AnonymousThis is small prawns and it just needs only washing, so wash it well it lots of water. You dont have to remove anything from it.

  3. Really tempting aarthi


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