mangalorean prawn curry recipe

Mangalorean Prawn Curry | Tasty Shrimp Curry Recipe

This Mangalorean Prawn curry is a tasty coconut shrimp curry that is absolutely finger licking delicious. Do try this easy recipe.

Course Main Course | Curry
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka | South Indian
Keyword mangalorean prawn curry, prawn curry, tasty prawn curry
recipe Mangalorean Prawn Curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 313 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 1/2 Kg. prawns shelled and deveined

For masala paste

  • 2 onions large
  • 1/2 coconut scraped
  • 2 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 6 red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp. peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind paste
  • 1.5 cups prawn stock or veg stock or water


  1. Dry roast red chillies, fenugreek seeds, peppercorn, cumin seeds and coriander seeds for 2 minutes.

  2. In a blender, blend together 1 onion, garlic paste, tamarind paste and all the roasted spices till you get a fine paste.

  3. Now heat oil in a pan and fry this masala paste till the raw smell is gone. It took me about 15 minutes. Make sure that the masala paste does not burn.

  4. Now add 1.5 cups prawn stock for more prawn flavour or any other stock or water to the masala.

  5. Bring to a boil. Now add the prawns and cook for just about 2-3 minutes. 

  6. Turn off the heat and let the prawns soak in the flavour. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with boiled rice or appams.

Recipe Notes

  1. Using prawn stock enhances the flavour of the curry but you can use plain water as well or veg or chicken stock if you so wish.
  2. I generally keep the shells and heads of the prawns when I devein them and make a quick broth by boiling them in water and straining.
  3. You can use the same recipe to make fish curry Mangalore style by using any firm fish. Just increase the cooking time suited to the fish you are using.
Nutrition Facts
Mangalorean Prawn Curry | Tasty Shrimp Curry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 315mg105%
Sodium 1336mg58%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 319mg32%
Iron 7.6mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.