Prawn Gassi (Shrimp / Prawn curry)

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Authentic and flavorful – That’s how you would describe this Mangalorean style shrimp curry (Prawn gassi) recipe.  Serve it over cooked rice or dosas for a complete gastronomic experience.

Prawn Gassi (Mangalorean style shrimp curry) served with rice in a wooden bowl. Next to it is a stack of kapparuttis (dosas) and a black bowl with shrimp curry
Prawn gassi

Prawn gassi is popularly known as yeti gassi is Mangalore where yeti means prawns and gassi stands for curry.

Just like Mangalorean fish curry (meen gassi), the spice and the tangy flavors in this dish draw you in. Serve it hot with rice or dosas for a delectable meal.

When I was growing up in India this prawn curry was mostly a weekend fare considering how expensive prawns were during the 80’s. Think of it more like a delicacy that was served as a special treat or when we had guests.

Are prawns and shrimp the same?

No, they are not.

They are in fact different species. Here’s an infographic that explains the difference between shrimp and prawn in an easy to understand way.

They do taste almost the same and hence they can be used interchangeably in recipes.

How to make Mangalorean style shrimp curry (Prawn Gassi)

Most Mangalorean fish curries (meen gassi) including prawn gassi get their unique tangy flavor from Jaargey (picture below). Jaargey is the dried exterior of a fruit local to Mangalore.

NOTEJaargey is not easily available if you don’t live in India, so again, despair not, tamarind that’s a lot more universally available, does the job just as well. (PS – if you live in India, most Mangalorean stores carry jaargey).

To get the most flavor out of jaargey, soak it in water overnight or a minimum of 6 hours. If you are short on time, soaking it in hot water for 10-15 minutes should work too.

The water turns a pale yellow and has a unique tangy flavor – a tad sour but mostly something that just excites your taste buds.

A picture of Jaargey
Jaargey

 

Making prawn gassi involves two key steps  –

A. Making the base masala which includes

  1. Soaking jaargey in hot water for about 10 minutes or overnight for best results.
  2. Roasting the dry ingredients in a teaspoon of oil (pic 2 and 3 below)
  3. Grinding the jaargey + water, coconut, turmeric powder, chili powder and the roasted dry ingredients to a fine paste.
    A collage of step by step pictures on how to make prawn gassi
    Making the masala for Prawn gassi

    B. Putting together the curry

    1. Start with heating the oil in an Instant pot or Stovetop. Add mustard seeds and when they begin to splutter, add curry leaves and fry them.
    2. In a few seconds, add onions and fry them till they are translucent. Add green chilies, ginger along with ajwain and methi seeds.
    3. Add the finely ground spice paste along with 1/2 a cup of water. Let the mixture come to a boil.
    4. Add shrimp and mix well. Continue to cook till it is done.
    5. If using an Instant Pot, pressure cook for 3 minutes under low pressure. Once the cooking cycle is complete, release pressure immediately.
    6. Serve hot with rice or dosas.

      Step by Step pictures on how to make masala for Prawn Gassi
      Step by Step pictures on how to make masala for Prawn Gassi

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Yeti Gassi (Shrimp / Prawn curry)

5 from 3 votes
Authentic and flavorful - That's how you would describe this Mangalorean style shrimp curry (Prawn gassi) recipe.  Serve it over cooked rice or dosas for a complete gastronomic experience.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Diet : Gluten-free, Nut-free, Pescatarian
Course : Main Course
Method: Instant Pot, Stovetop
Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients
 
 

To be ground

Remaining ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig of kadipatta, curry leaves
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • teaspoon ajwain seeds, carom seeds
  • teaspoon methi seeds, fenugreek seeds
  • 1.5 pound medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 green chili, slit lengthwise [optional]
  • water as needed

Instructions
 

Making the base masala

  • Soak jaargey in 1/2 a cup of hot water for 10-15 minutes or soak it overnight for best results.
  • Roast byadgi chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds and black pepper fried in a teaspoon of oil in a pan kept over medium heat. [Note - You can skip this step if you have premade Kundapur masala powder - use 3 tablespoons of this powder.]
  • Grind the spice mix from step 2 along with garlic, onions, coconut, salt, turmeric and chili powder and the water from jaargey to make it into a fine paste. If using tamarind paste, add water as needed for grinding. Set it aside.

Making shrimp curry over the stovetop

  • Heat the oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat and add mustard seeds to it. When they start spluttering add kadipatta to it. Let it fry for around 20 seconds and then add onions and fry them till they are translucent.
  • Pound the ajwain and methi seeds to a coarse powder. Add the ground ajwain and methi seeds to the curry and mix well.
  • Add the ground paste to the onions that were being fried and add water as needed (~1/2 - 3/4 cup) for a curry like consistency.
  • When the gravy starts to boil over add the shrimp, green chilies, and ginger paste and cook till it is done.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Making shrimp curry in Instant Pot (My preferred method)

  • Choose the Saute setting and set it to normal. Heat the oil in the steel insert of the Instant Pot and add mustard seeds to it. When they start spluttering add kadipatta to it. Let it fry for around 20 seconds and then add onions and fry them till they are translucent.
  • Add ground ajwain and methi seeds and mix well.
  • Add the ground paste to the onions that were being fried and add water as needed (~1/2 - 3/4 cup) for a curry like consistency.
  • When the gravy starts to boil over add the shrimp, green chilies, and ginger paste. Cover the lid, select cancel and adjust the pressure to low,  and manually cook for 3 minutes. Once the cooking cycle completes, release the pressure by carefully turning the vent towards venting.
  • Serve hot with rice.

Notes

Tester's notes
  1. Increase the chili powder from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, if you like it spicy. Including green chili is also optional, but if you like your dish spicy as it is meant to be, then include it.
  2. Instant Pot cook time is about 3 minutes (for large shrimp) but it takes about 10-12 minutes to build pressure, hence the total cooking time is about 15 minutes. For smaller shrimp, cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Unlike stovetop cooking, a curry cooked in an Instant Pot does not lose as much water. That's why the curry consistency before cooking should be what you want as a final result. In short, don't add as much water as stovetop cooking.
  4.  I love making it in the Instant Pot because I don't need to check on the shrimp like I have to over a stovetop.

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Nutrition

Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 19gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 981mgPotassium: 328mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 575IUVitamin C: 89.7mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 2.9mg

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.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Heyy thanks… i was really missing hotel signature style prawn ghassi since quite a long … tried ur recipe and guess what…. feeling satisfied?

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