Prawn Curry Recipe

An authentic seafood cuisine!



Prawn curry or shrimp curry is a traditional delicacy from the cookbooks of Portuguese. It is one of the main courses for lunch or dinner in seafood and coastal regions like Goa, Kerala and Indonesia.

Prawn curry is a spicy delicacy that goes well with your rice or roti, just like any Indian curry! The blend of coconut milk and Indian spices with the nutritional elements of prawns makes this dish an absolute favourite for seafood lovers!

Now, let us have a look at how to toss the prawns, prepare the curry and much more stuff in this article!

How to make a Prawn curry recipe quickly?

Firstly, take a pan and pour some oil. In that, add prawns and cook them for a few minutes. After a brief toss, keep them aside. Secondly, add oil to a pan along with a cup of chopped onions. To that, add ginger garlic paste and a cup of tomatoes. Cook them well and add the Indian spices like chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric and coriander powder. Cook the gravy well and add a little amount of water. Finally, add coconut milk to the gravy and let it cook. Now to this, add our tossed prawns and cook them together. Add garam masala at the finishing stage of the curry and serve the prawn curry with a cup of hot rice or a plate of rotis!

Nutritional elements that are hidden in a bowl of Prawn curry!

We all know how a spicy Indian prawn curry tastes like! It projects a little tanginess that blends with abundant spice and a fraction of sweetness that you experience. This sweetness is from the prawns. Apart from its natural flavour, this seafood delicacy is a goodie of various vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, Vitamin A and E. Moreover, they are rich in iron and helps in the generation of RBCs in our blood.

Prawns are highly nutritious because of their immune-strengthening capacity and lower the risk of heart diseases. It maintains stable nerve functions and has an abundance of anti-inflammatory properties.

Other delicacies to relish alongside prawns!

Sea is one of the abundant givers of nature’s products to mankind. It forms the staple platter of dining along coastal regions and the inhabitants who survive there. Other than the prawn curry recipe, you can make delicious prawn biryani, prawn pickle (thokku), a juicy appetizer like garlic prawn or an authentic plate of prawn coconut curry!

Also, do not miss out on these other curry delicacies to treat your tastebuds!

Egg curry A spicy curry in which boiled eggs completes this bowl.

Kofta curry Fluffy, little and crispy balls of koftas immersed in a tangy gravy of tomato and onion!

Chicken tikka masala– Charred and marinated chicken that combines with spicy Indian curry and an absolute favourite!

Shahi paneer curry– A royal dish consisting of cream, nuts and curry blend together, with cubes of paneer drenched in this gravy!

Pro tips to cook the prawns and the curry

  1. Firstly, if you avail prawns with shells, you can remove them by the following method. Peel the shells by gripping the body of the prawn in one hand while twisting off its head in the other.
  2. Secondly, you can de-shell the prawns after cooking them in boiling salt water so that those become more flavourful. You can use the stock for later purposes.
  3. While pan-frying or tossing the prawns for the prawn curry recipe, make sure that you fry for a very few minutes and at medium flame.
  4. Overcooking prawns might make them hard and give them a rubber-like tensile strength for chewing.
  5. To toss the prawns, you can also use butter in the place of oil.
  6. Coconut milk can be prepared from grounding coconut and take the coarse semi-dry paste in a muslin or cotton cloth. Extract the milk by pressing on the cloth bundle strong and consistent.

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Prawn Curry

A spicy and tangy curry that completes your lunch and dinner!
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Ambot tik, Prawn masala, Shrimp curry
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 257kcal


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 25 Prawns De-shelled
  • 1 Cup Onion Medium; Finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes 2; Medium; Finely Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice


  • In a pan, add a tablespoon of oil.
  • To that, add the prawns and toss them at medium flame and keep them aside.
  • In the same pan, add another tablespoon of oil. To that, add a cup of onion and fry them till translucent.
  • To that add a teaspoon of ginger garlic paste followed by a cup of tomatoes.
  • When they are cooking, add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and cumin powder, with a teaspoon of chilli powder and salt. Add 2 teaspoons of Coriander powder and saute everything well.
  • Finally add 1/2 a cup of coconut milk with required amount of water. Add the prawns and let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Finally add 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala and 1 teaspoon of lime juice to the curry and give a final boil. When ready, serve them hot alongside a bowl of rice or a plate of roti!


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 7.9g | Fat: 22.5g | Saturated Fat: 14.4g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 4.7g | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

Detailed instruction of making Prawn Curry(Ambot tik) with pictures

  1. Firstly in a pan, add a tbsp of oil.
  2. To that, add 25 de-shelled prawns and toss them at medium or low flame. Cook them for few minutes so that they won’t get overcooked and become hard.Prawn curry recipe
  3. After pan-frying the prawns, collect them to put them in the curry.
  4. Secondly, in the same pan, add another tbsp of oil.
  5. To that, add a cup of finely chopped onion with a tsp of ginger garlic paste. Fry them till translucent.Prawn curry recipe
  6. Thirdly, add a cup of chopped tomatoes and cook them until the raw smell is gone.
  7. Then start adding the Indian spices like 1/2 tsp of turmeric and cumin powder with a tsp of chilli powder. Then add 2 tsp of coriander powder with a teaspoon of salt. Cook them well.
  8. Now it is time to add 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the curry. Add the required amount of water to adjust the curry’s thickness.Prawn curry recipe
  9. Finally, add the tossed prawns to the gravy. Let them boil and cook for a few minutes. At this stage, add 1/2 tsp of garam masala and 1 tsp of lime juice to balance the spice level and flavours.
  10. In conclusion, when the prawn curry is ready, serve them hot alongside rice or rotis!

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