Sunday, May 17, 2009

Prawn Curry

This was another dish prepared along with the Brinjal Masala for lunch, the recipe being Amma's and the cook being me. Normally, I prefer prawns fried. However, we wanted something interesting to go with rice for lunch that everyone would like, and prawn curry seemed the best option. 

To make the Prawn Curry seen in the picture, you will need:

Prawns - deveined - 1/2 kg
Onion - finely chopped - 2 large
Tomatoes - finely chopped - 3 large
Ginger -  peeled and pounded - 2 tbsp 
Garlic - peeled and pounded - 1 tbsp 
Green chilly - 1 - sliced

For the marinade:
Salt - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp

For the paste:
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted coriander powder - 1 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Lemon juice - 1 whole lemon (optional)

Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

  • Marinade the prawns in salt, turmeric, red chilly powder and keep aside for 15-20 min
  • In a pan, heat a tbsp of oil, saute 3/4 of the onions with ginger, garlic, green chilly
  • Add the tomatoes after the onions are done and cook
  • Meanwhile, boil the prawns with one cup of water, and cook covered over medium heat
  • Grind the grated coconut, red chilly powder, cumin seeds, roasted coriander powder, to a smooth paste
  • Add the paste to the cooked prawns, mix well, and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes
  • In a tadka pan, heat the oil and add the remaining 1/4 of the chopped onions and lightly stir until light brown
  • Add the onions to the dish, then add the lemon juice and mix well

Note: You may increase the red chilly powder quantity if you like the curry to be spicy. But if you have children who are gonna eat the dish and have a share of the prawns in the curry like A did, I suggest you keep the spice level low. Also, I mentioned that the lemon juice is optional because the tomatoes will add a tanginess to the curry. If you prefer more tanginess, the juice extract of a lemon-sized ball of tamarind can be used as a substitute for lemon, however, it should be added along with the paste and cooked.

Serve with hot rice/ chapathi


meeso said...

That looks so good, I would eat it right now for breakfast!

Subhie Arun said...

thats looks grt...i lov prawns...

Cham said...

The curry looks delicous

Nags said...

omg ! Shreya, that looks absolutely yummy. Prawns that size must cost a bomb in India no?

Gita's Kitchen said...

Yummy prawn curry Shreya...I too make a similar curry without the ground ingredients you've used...marinating the shrimp sounds so delicious :)

Priti said...

Looks yummy and love that bowl...prawn in fish ..heheh....

Sig said...

yum! Love that fish platter too :)

sra said...

I love prawns and prefer lime to tamarind - next time I get them, limes it will be, not tamarind!

Ashwini said...

Wow that looks yum. Though a vegeterian, I cook praws for my husband. Will make this next time.

Valarmathi said...

Wow that looks lovely and delicious.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Prawn curry looks very yummy and the bowl in which you have served looks cute I wish I could have those currys with rice :)

Sharmila said...

Lovey looking dish Shreya! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow..I love prawns...the curry looks delicious!

Shreya said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments!:-)
Sig, Priti, Ramya - the fish platter was a X-mas party gift to my brother from his friend in Holland, and it was his idea to serve the curry in that before I clicked the picture.
Naga, prawns that size are expensive in India! In Singapore, my brother bought them from the local wet market and it costs about 10-12$ per kg.

Suparna said...

hi shreya,
curry looks very tempting and delicious. Thanks for the easy recipe :)
Lovely serving dish.Apt for sea food serving :)

ARUNA said...

curry looks great in that fish dish!!

Purva Desai said...

Curry looks thick and yummy. The serving bowl is so apt and cute :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

yummy..i make in a similar way......wthout jeera..this looks awesome... :)

Sireesha said...

Curry looks good...

Pavithra said...

Lookig so yummy and perfect color..

Seena said...

That makes my mouth watering.. :P yummy curry!

Kevin said...

That prawn curry looks really tasty!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I pretty much just googled a prawn curry recipes for my brother as he was feeling creative, and was impressed by your photos as well as the simplicity of it.

He's had a few failed attempts at making currys so I offered to help and he loved this recipe.

Many Thanks!

IQ, Greenwich

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Susan said...

I have attempted your recipe and it is absolutely fabulous and easy to make - my guests thought it was delicious. A little spicy to my taste, being from Africa, but next time I will reduce the red chillies. Excellent thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The first picture is ugly.