Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Goan Prawn Curry

I have a collection of varieties of recipes written on a diary that I have been maintaining from my girlhood days when I was not even familiar with the basics of cooking. Before marriage my mother never allowed me or my sister in close proximity to gas oven for fear that we might catch fire or make an accident. Just habitually I took down the recipes, that crossed my eyes, published in a journal or newspaper supplementaries with the thought that may be someday that diary would come of some use to me and come it did cause it's only after my marriage that I have started learning cooking 'literally' by making culinary experimentation.

Goan Prawn Curry is a lipsmacking prawn preparation flavoured by coconut and tamarind paste and yes, it just tumbled out of the heap of recipes while I was flurrying through the pages of my diary in quest of something interesting to prepare with the tiger prawns my hubby bought yesterday. You may prepare the dish with medium sized prawns or shrimps too. I guess it will turn out delicious with any size as long as prawn is the base ingredient.


6 Tiger Prawns

1 medium sized onion

1 tsp ginger paste

1 cup grated coconut

2 tsp of tamarind paste

1 tsp of coriander seeds

1 tsp of cumin seeds

4-5 green chillies or as per your desire for hotness

3 dry red chillies

1 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

salt to taste

White oil for cooking


1) In a blender make a paste out of grated coconuts, ginger paste, onion, tamarind paste, green chillies, dry red chillies, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin seeds.

2) Marinate the prawns with turmeric powder and salt and let it sit for 10 minutes.

3) Now heat oil in a frying pan and as the oil becomes piping hot, slide in the prawns. Fry them till they turn golden in color.

4) Take the prawns out of the heat and now add mustard seeds into the oil.When the seeds start crackling, add the paste made in a blender and saute for 10 minutes.

5) Now add the prawns, 1/2 cup of water and salt . Put the lid on and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes more. Goan Prawn Curry is ready to serve.

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