Friday, November 14, 2008


I love shrimp as much as i love fish.Shrimps are a great source of calcium and proteins.One has to be very careful while cooking with it though.It has to be properly cleaned and deveined before cooking with it.They cook really fast ,maximum 2-3 mins.Overcooking it will make it chewy and rubbery in texture.They taste great when fried or baked or cooked in curries.Here is a simple shrimp curry i came across in Madhur jaffrey's book "From Curries to Kebabs".I marinated and stir fried the shrimps for a few seconds before adding it to the gravy.That gave them a nice crust and great flavor.They were a great accompaniment with rice.

Raw shrimp - 15 nos,shell on,peeled and deveined
Shallots - 8 nos ,sliced
Tomato - 1 medium size,finely chopped
garlic - 2 cloves,finely chopped
ginger - 1 tsp , grated
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
coriander pdr - 1 tbsp
cumin pdr - 1 tsp
turmeric pdr - 1/2 tsp
red chilli pdr - 1 tsp
kashmiri chilli pdr - 2 tsp
canned coconut milk - 1 /4 cup
tamarind paste - according to taste
lemon juice - 1 tsp
water - 1/2 cup
cilantro - to garnish
curry leaves - of 1 sprig
salt to taste


In a bowl mix a tsp each of coriander pdr,red chilli pdr,turmeric,salt and some lemon juice.Add the shrimps and marinate them for 15 mins-half an hr.In a pan add some oil and when they get really hot add the shrimp and stir fry them for abt 15-30 secs.Do not cook them fully.Remove and keep aside.

In another pan,heat some oil over medium heat.Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds.When they turn golden brown add curry leaves.Stir ones then add shallots, garlic and ginger.Fry them till the shallots turn golden brown.Stir in the tomatoes and cook until they soften,mash them with the back of a wooden spoon.Add coriander,cumin,turmeric,red chilli and kashmiri chilly pdrs.Mix it all thoroughly and then add water,tamarind paste and salt.Stir and bring it to a simmer.Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for another 10-15 mins.Now add the coconut milk.Bring it to a simmer and add the shrimps.Stir it ones and cook it for 2-3 mins.Do not overcook the shrimps.Turn off the heat as soon as they are done.Garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice.

Also check what my friends are doing in their kitchen!!!

1) DK

2) Siri

3) Srivalli


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Roopa said...

mmm, I too love shrimp/prawns, I got to taste prawns pickle from a friend who recently got goodies from india:) Nice yellow color and the gravy looks like nadan fish curry:) mmm, iam sure binu would have also enjoyed it :)

Malar Gandhi said...

First time ur recipe dear. The layout looks great! Awesome work!

Medhaa said...

love the color of the gravy so rich and nice

karuna said...

lovely curry. the pics are mothwatering specially the one with the rice.

Cham said...

Wow today is the 3 rd shrimp i am seeing.... Good over rice :)

Uma said...

Please visit my place for a treat:

Bhawana said...

looks tempting curry.

Srivalli said...

looks good ranji..many shrimp recipes on blogs!..

rekhas kitchen said...

nice recipe

Priya said...

Woww mouthwatering Shrimp Curry..lovely colour..

Aartee said...

prawns being a favorite of mine, and this morning i was actually thinking of making shrimp dumm biriyani but after seeing ur dish, i am gonna make this for lunch :)

Suma Rajesh said...

am a shrimp eater...and also its fan...loved ur am tempting on cing ur curry because its been long i bought any shrimps....will surly get this weekend..:)

meeso said...

Shrimp is so good, I can almost taste it looking at those awesome pictures!!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

wow, this one is tooooo good, making me mouth water ! came here through "Happy Cook"'s blog and came in search of the chicken curry....., thankfully, I came here :)
you've got a wonderful set of interesting authentic recipes :) doing a great job here, keep it up :)