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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 0 comments

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Shrimp or prawn?

Terminology is confusing to me.I don’t know what’s the precise scientific difference is.To me, prawns are bigger size shrimps. I don’t see any recognizable difference when served on the plate.What i knew it as Prawns in India,is shrimp in US in my mind!

Coconut Shrimp Curry

I didn’t grow up eating prawns. It was not available to us where we lived easily. However I have come to like it.My first and the most delicious memory of eating prawns is at my roommate’s home. When I was finishing my studies in South, it was not possible for me to go back to home up north in long weekend (Think almost 2 days).So I traveled to my friend’s house, in a coastal city. I remember the taste, color and texture to this day; I have not come close to tasting a prawn dish as delicious. Thought of it is salivating.


 I followed the recipe from ‘around the world cookbook’.

  • I dry roasted certain ingredients as the book says.I also adding rest of the spices before adding the tomatoes and shrimp.
  • Shrimp hardly takes time,so you want to add it in the end.Once you see it curling in the shape of C,it is done.Overcooking it makes it rubbery and chewy.

I keep the heat tamed.Traditional this is spicy dish. It was loved by all of us. I served it with Persian salad and white rice. You can have coleslaw as your side too.

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Coconut Shrimp Curry


  1. 1 lb Jumbo shrimp
  2. Spice mix
  3. 1/2 cup desiccated unsweetened coconut
  4. 1 large onion chopped
  5. 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 1 tsp grated ginger
  8. 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  9. cayenne pepper to taste
  10. 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  11. salt to taste
  12. 2-3 medium chopped tomatoes


  1. In a pan,add coconut,onion,mustard seeds and dry roast it for 5 minutes.
  2. Take it out and process it in a blender until it is fine.
  3. In a same pan,add oil,about 1.5-2 tablespoons.
  4. Add bay leaves,ginger,garlic.Stir it without burning.
  5. Add coriander powder and cayenne pepper.
  6. Stir and add coconut,onion,mustard seed mixture.
  7. Stir for couple of minutes.Add tomatoes.Season it with salt.
  8. Once the sauce is coming together.
  9. Add shrimp.Once shrimp is curling up to 'C' it is done.
  10. Serve it with rice.

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