4.67 from 9 votes
Spicy Malabar Shrimp
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Succulent, crisp shrimp in a spicy curry with ground red chilies, tangy tamarind, balanced with nutty aromatic fenugreek seeds.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: malabar shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 132 kcal
Author: Archana
  • 20 Jumbo/extra large shrimps shelled, deveined and thawed
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 cup yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 hot green chili slit lengthwise, optional
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tomatoes finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste more or less depending on the sourness you like
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom saucepan on a medium heat. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add fenugreek seeds and onions. Saute for a minute and add green chili along with half the curry leaves. Continue to cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat until the onions begin to change color to a light brown.

  2. Make fine paste of ginger, garlic and dry red chili in a blender and add it to the pan. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  3. Add tomatoes and continue to cook until they soften for 5 minutes. Add water along with tamarind paste and mix well. Lower the heat and bring to simmer for 2 minutes.

  4. Add shrimp and cook covered over a low heat for 5 minutes stirring half way through. Turn the heat off and add remaining curry leaves and cilantro. Serve with steamed Basmati rice.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Malabar Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 77.9mg94%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.