Prawn Curry of Goa

Goan Prawn Curry


Prawn and/or Fish curry with white rice are the staple diet of a large sector of Goan society and is usually eaten during lunch. The meal is often accompanied with fried fish or shrimp and green vegetables.


  • 1 cup Prawns, cleaned and deveined
  • 4 Green chillies/peppers, deseeded
  • 1 Medium onion sliced
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cummin seeds
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 10 dried Red chillies/peppers
  • 4 Peppercorns
  • 0.5″ piece Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Mix the prawns with the salt, green chillies and onion and marinate for 0.5 hours.
  2. Put all the spices in the mixer and grind with coconut milk and 1/2 cups water.
  3. Strain though a sieve and put in a deep pan on medium flame along with 2 cups water.
  4. Cook till the quanity is reduced by half, then add prawns with marinade and the tamarind pulp.
  5. Stir-cook for 10 minutes and serve hot with plain steamed/boiled rice.