Shrimp curry / Prawn curry

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This shrimp curry takes all of 30 minutes to make! It is creamy and delicious and pairs with both rice and roti.

Shrimp curry served in a white floral bowl
Shrimp / Prawn curry

Some dishes you set out to make and some you just stumble upon. This is one such recipe. I was trying to make Shrimp Biryani and was getting the gravy ready to reduce before I combined it with the rice.

Meanwhile, I call my husband to do a quick taste test to see if the spice levels are okay and he gives his thumbs up and says to me – how about we not combine it with rice and serve it with Roti or Rice on the side.

I can tell he is REALLY hungry since he does not have the patience to wait 😉 but I think it is a good idea and I take it…. because I had not made Shrimp curry any other style other than Mangalorean (Shrimp / Prawn Gassi)  before and also it turned out to be so yummy that I too couldn’t wait to get started!

Shrimp curry served in a white floral bowl
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Shrimp curry / Prawn curry

This shrimp curry takes all of 30 minutes to make! It is creamy and delicious and pairs with both rice and roti.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • In a medium-sized kadhai or wok add 2 tablespoons of oil and keep it on medium heat.
  • Add peppers, cloves and bay leaves and when they sizzle (after 10-15 seconds) add onions and garlic. Fry them till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and continue frying till they turn mushy.
  • Add the green chilies, red chili powder, salt, turmeric powder, and shrimp/prawns and mix well.
  • Whisk the yogurt well and mix it with the coconut milk (if you are using it) and add it to the kadhai/wok.
  • Continue to keep it on medium heat till the shrimp/prawns are done.
  • Add garam masala and mix well.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with Rice or Rotis.
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Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 17gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 659mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 549IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg
Diet: Pescatarian
Course: Curries
Method: Stovetop
Keyword: creamy, easy, Indian
Cuisine: Indian

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