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Easy Prawn Curry Recipe

Easy Goan Prawn Curry - The star of Prawn Curries

Easy Goan Prawn Curry which as far as I am concerned is the star of all Prawn Curries. I have tried many recipes before but this one from The Culinary Heritage Of Goa is the probably the best!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine goan, Indian
Servings 4 people


For the ground masala

  • 8-10 dried Kashmiri Red Chillies
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp whole Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tiny knob of Tamarind
  • 1/2 cup grated Coconut

For the curry

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger minces
  • 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 dried kokum
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt to taste

For marination of prawns

  • 500 gm medium prawns shelled and deveined, I leave the tail on
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Marinade the prawns in salt and turmeric powder while you make the curry. Don't marinate for a long time
  • Grind all the ingredients for ground masala to a smooth paste using a little water if needed. Keep aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan (best to use a mud chatti if you have), heat coconut oil and sautee the onions till they turn golden brown. Add tomatoes and ginger. Cook till they are mushy and leave oil.
  • Add the ground masala paste, salt, curry leaves and cook for 5-6 minutes till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add around 2 cups of water, kokum and let the gravy cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add marinated prawns, coconut milk and cook for 3-4 minutes till the prawns are just done. Don't overcook the prawns, they will continue to cook in the heat of the gravy as well.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice for bliss
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