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…

I didn’t come up with this recipe nor I had any intentions to make shrimp malai for dinner. It all happened in the blink of an eye. I was browsing through some youtube videos and bumped into Vahchef’s video for making shrimp malai. I had everything to make that recipe and it was one heck of an easy recipe. I couldn’t wait, I just gave it a shot. Also, I had scallops in my  freezer so I added that as well. It turned out to be a terrific dish. I served this with risotto, but it goes well with almost anything: rotis, naan, pasta etc etc.

“Malai”  is a hindi word which means “cream”. Usually, cream is added for making malai dishes, but in this one coconut milk is added that’s what I liked the most. A terrificly incredibilicious 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
  • Scallops- 6
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Butter- 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
  • Green chilies-, chopped- 2
  • Coconut milk- 1 cup
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp
  1. Combine shrimp and scallops with turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside for a few minutes.
  2. Place a pan over medium heat, add butter and let it melt.
  3. Place the shrimp and scallops over the butter, cook till it's slightly cooked through. keep aside.
  4. Grind one small chopped onions in a blender and make into a smooth paste.
  5. Use the same pan, add cumin seeds, saute for a few seconds.
  6. Add 4 tbsp of the onion paste, saute for a few minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  7. Add ginger-garlic paste, saute for a few more minutes.
  8. Add tomato paste, saute well.
  9. Add green chilies, salt and a pinch of sugar, saute for a couple of minutes.
  10. Add the coconut milk, combine well and let it come to a slight boil.
  11. Add cooked shrimp and scallops, combine well and cook for a few minutes.
  12. Add garam masala, combine well.
  13. Switch off the heat and keep the pan covered for a few minutes.
  14. Serve with rice, naan, roti, chapati etc
  15. This dish doesn't have much gravy, it's a thick creamy dish.
You can make this just with shrimp