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4.66 from 35 votes

Spicy Malabar Shrimp

Succulent, crisp shrimp in a spicy curry with ground red chilies, tangy tamarind, balanced with nutty aromatic fenugreek seeds.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 270kcal


  • 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
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 1 dried red chili
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tomatoes finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste more or less depending on the sourness you like
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottom saucepan on 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 medium heat until the onions begin to change color to a light brown.
  • Make a fine paste of ginger, garlic, and dry red chili in a blender and add it to the pan. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  • 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.
  • Add shrimp and cook covered over low heat for 5 minutes stirring halfway through. Turn the heat off and add the remaining curry leaves and cilantro. Serve with steamed Basmati rice.



Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 928mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 3mg
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