Head On Prawn Curry - Homestyle Shrimp Curry

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Apr. 28, 2023

Head on Prawn or Shrimp is cooked is a wonderful gravy made with a special spice paste, onion, tamarind, tomatoes kokum.


2 lbs head on Prawn or Shrimp, cleaned
10 Kashmiri Chillies, soaked
2 Cardamoms
4 Cloves
10 Peppercorns
2 inch pieces Cinnamon
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Turmeric
1 inch piece Ginger
6 cloves Garlic
2 tbsps Vinegar
Water as required
2 cups finely chopped Onion
2 cups finely chopped Tomatoes
1 tsp Salt or to taste
Ball of Tamarind soaked in one cup of Water
Water & Salt as required
1 tsp red Chilli powder (optional)
3 4 Kokum petals



1. Clean & prepare the Shrimp.

2. Soak the red Chillies either overnight or in hot water for at least an hour.

3. Process all the whole spices, add the chillies, turmeric, ginger, garlic, vinegar and water as needed to form a smooth paste.

4. Strain this masala (optional).


5. Heat some oil and saute the onions till golden brown.

6. Add the masala paste, the tomatoes, salt and cook till the tomatoes soften.

7. Add water as required.

8. Add the tamarind and chilli powder and continue cooking till the tomatoes get soft.

9. Add water and salt as the mixture thickens.

10. When you have a smooth gravy after about 30 mins, add the kokum.

11. Finally add the prawn and shrimp, submerge in the gravy and allow to cook for a few minutes.


12. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 5