Goan Prawn/Shrimp Curry

Prawn curry rice is a common favorite in Goa. It is my personal favorite dish too. Fresh prawns impart a very delicious flavor to this dish which is a bit hard to find in the US.

It is a usual method in Goa to make prawn curry with either okra, raddish, raw mango or drumsticks. The addition of these ingredients take the curry to the next level with their unique flavors. But you may prefer not to use any of it as well.

Goan Prawn/Shrimp Curry
Goan Prawn/Shrimp Curry
Goan Prawn/Shrimp Curry
  1. Prawns/Shrimp - About 20 medium size, peeled and de-veined.
  2. Onion - 1 medium, chopped
  3. Oil, preferably coconut - 2 tspn
  4. Drumsticks - 3, hard skin peeled, cut into thumb size pieces (Optional)
  5. Salt - to taste
To Grind
  1. Shredded coconut, fresh or previously frozen & thawed - 2 cups
  2. Water - 1.5 cups at room temperature (Use hot water if using previously frozen coconut)
  3. Peppercorn - 8
  4. Red Chillies - 5-8 or to taste
  5. Tamarind - 2 marble sized balls
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
  7. Kashmiri red chilli pdr - 1 tspn (Optional - Only for color)
  8. Coriander seeds - 1 tspn
  1. 1) Apply half teaspoon of salt to prawns and let stand for 10 minutes. Wash with water.
  2. 2) Grind the ingredients listed in 'To grind' to a fine paste. Take about 1 tbsp of chopped onion and add to this paste and pulse 2-3 times.
  3. 3) Heat oil in a pan over medium flame. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes. Add prawns, drumsticks, 3 tbspn of ground paste, a teaspoon of salt and water and let cook covered over medium flame until drumsticks are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. 4) Add the ground paste and adjust the consistency adding water if needed. The consistency should neither be runny nor very thick. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. 5) Once the curry starts boiling, switch off the flame. Let stand covered for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot with rice.
  1. Serves: 6-8
  1. 1) Always use hot water to grind previously frozen coconut to prevent the mixture from getting oily.
  2. 2) You may use okra or raddish or raw mango in place of drumsticks. The procedure to make the curry stays the same.
  3. Okra - 3, chopped into thumb size pieces
  4. Raddish - 1, peeled and cut into thumb size pieces (something like french fries but a little thicker)
  5. Raw mango - 1, peeled and cut into cubes.
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