Madras Shrimp Curry

28 Feb

I remember having eaten this dish for the first time at an Indian restaurant in Santa Monica a couple of years back. It smelled so tropical with the roasted coconut and curry leaf. So this recipe of Madras Shrimp curry recipe or Madras Prawn Curry has a twist of Goan in it. I love shrimps or prawns as they are called in India.

English as a language is really confusing like eggplant or brinjal, okra or ladyfingers, cilantro or coriander get the drift. Found this on Facebook today. Guess will put in prospective how English as a language varies so much in America and the rest of the world.

Difference between American and British

Now back to the recipe, you can variate this to your like. You could use fish, meats or vegetables based on your diet.


Ingredients for Madras Shrimp Curry.


  • 25 medium shrimps / prawns cleaned and deveined
  • 8 oz of grated coconut
  • 1 nickel size of tamarind
  • 4 whole red chilli
  • 1 medium onion Chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of xacuti powder
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • salt to taste
  • oil for cooking


  • Toast the coconut on a heated non stick pan till light brown.
  • Add 3/4 cup water and toasted coconut, ginger, garlic, tamarind and grind it coarse for 15 to 20 seconds in a grinder or food processor.
  • Heat oil in a pot add the mustard seeds, red chilli cover till you hear the mustard seeds popping once done, take off the lid and add the diced onion and saute till light brown.
  • Add the xacuti masala and saute for 1 minute, then add the ground coconut,sugar and saute for 2-3 minutes. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Check in between.
  • Next add the shrimps and salt to taste and cook for another 5 minutes till the shrimps / prawns are done.
  • Finally add the curry leaves. Serve with rice or chapati or naan.

Madras Shrimp Curry

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21 Responses to “Madras Shrimp Curry”

  1. ohlidia March 1, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    This looks fabulous!

  2. annetbell March 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    We spent two days and nights in Goa. The students enjoyed the beach and professor and I toured the Portuguese Churches. what a surprise to find European type cathedrals in India! Thanks for your visit. Do return soon and often! Smiles. . . . .

    • Nandini March 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      You are welcome Anne :-). Its great to know you visited Goa, it indeed is a place full of surprises and a rich cultural experience. Loved you site as well 🙂

  3. indusinternationalkitchen March 6, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Nice to meet you Nandini! thanks for visiting my blog so I could discover yours! Your blog is lovely! Love your passion for Goa – quite similar to my passion for Kerala! 🙂

    • Nandini March 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks Indu, guess we have a few things in common :-). Including the cuisines and coconut. Thanks for visiting.

  4. annetbell March 6, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Forgot to tell you I really enjoyed the poster showing the difference in British and American English!

    • Nandini March 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Me too Anne, I think it gives a great prospective of the confusion that a new bee experiences in the US and the new terminology that they have to get used to.

  5. yumlish March 7, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Hey Nandini, looks absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Frances March 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    This looks delish! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post.

    • Nandini March 11, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      You are welcome Frances 🙂

  7. Vee March 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad that you did. I will definitely be making this shrimp and ordering some spices from your company. I’ve been looking for a place to order curries from instead of asking friends to send them to me. 🙂

  8. broccola May 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    This looks really yummy… Congratulations for your blog, it’s lovely! 🙂

  9. srilakshminair May 16, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    That curry must be so delicious. It must be an explosion of flavors when you eat it! Sweet, sour, spicy everything in balance…great recipe Nandini! 🙂

    • Nandini May 16, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thank you SriLakshmi for your kind words 🙂

  10. mrsratfire May 30, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    This one really caught my eye. Will put it on my list to get to. Love shrimp recipes and different flavorings.

  11. aj vosse September 20, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    I’m going to try this one!! Looks great! As for the different use of words… I’m South African, we use a mix of the two and then, for good measure we have a few of our own! One example… for sneakers/ trainers we have takkies!! There are a few more… fun!! 😉

    • Nandini October 4, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      You are so right each country had their own lingo 🙂

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