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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Prawn / Shrimp Curry (Kolumbiche Kalvan)

Recently some people who don't know me well have asked me, 'Why are you writing a food blog??' with a big question mark on their faces. 
Only a foodie understands why one writes about food. We all know that famous saying 'Beauty lies in the eyes of a beholder'. On the similar lines, the way a foodie looks at food is totally different from the way a non-foodie looks at it. For some the food may be just a way to survive and satisfy those hunger pangs whereas 'a foodie cooks with passion, then admires his perfect creation, then savours it along with the loved ones and then shares his wonderful experience with others.'  That's exactly why I am writing a food blog.  
So coming to today's recipe, this recipe of prawn / shrimp curry is a traditional CKP(a Maharashtrian community) style  recipe. Even though there is a biological difference between prawns and shrimps, the same recipe is used for both. When this curry boils, the combined aroma of the shrimps / prawns and all the spices is remarkable. Beware, you might make your (non-vegeterian) neighbours jealous.  
Prawn / Shrimp Curry (Kolumbiche Kalvan)
Prawn / Shrimp Curry (Kolumbiche Kalvan)

Prawn  / Shrimp curry (Kolumbiche kalvan) - Recipe
Prawns / Shrimps - 1/2 kg 
Onion - 1 cup chopped 
Tomato  - 1/2 cup chopped (1 medium sized tomato)
Garlic - 7-8 cloves of garlic
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Green chilli - 2
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon (adjust it according to your taste, I love my prawn curry spicy)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut - 1/2 cup (shredded or chopped) 
Tamarind - 1/2 teaspoon of tamarind paste (I use store bought one)
Salt - As per your taste
Asafoetida powder - 1-2 pinches
Coriander leaves - few sprigs for garnishing and the marinade.

1. Make a paste of 2 green chillies, 4 garlic cloves (medium sized), ginger and coriander leaves. 
2. Marinate prawns / shrimps with this paste, salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder and  1/2 teaspoon tamarind pulp. Set aside for at least an hour so that the shrimps / prawns soak up all the flavour.

Marinated prawns / shrimps
Marinated prawns / shrimps
3. Heat oil in a pan and add 3-4 crushed garlic cloves. Brown them on all sides and add 2 pinches of asafoetida powder.
Ingredients for prawn / shrimp curry
Ingredients for prawn / shrimp curry
4. Add chopped onion and saute'.
5. When the onions are golden brown, add chopped tomatoes and saute'.
6. When the tomatoes are soft, add the marinated shrimps / prawns and saute'. Add a tad bit water, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
7. Meanwhile make a paste of the shredded or chopped coconut with the help of water. Alternatively, you can use coconut milk. But let me add, the taste of coconut milk and coconut paste is totally different. The coconut milk makes the curry creamy and mild, whereas if you are looking for the version you see in the pic, go for coconut paste. It makes curry thick, flavorful and retains the spiciness.
Prawn / Shrimp curry boiling
Prawn / Shrimp curry boiling

8. Add this coconut paste to the prawns / shrimps. Add water (around 1/2 cup). Add the rest of the red chilli powder and adjust the salt at this point. Cover and cook on medium heat for around 15 minutes or until the prawns / shrimps are cooked. 
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti, chapati or rice. It is equally tasty with everything.

Some variations:
1. Add chopped potato or cauliflower after you add chopped tomato. This will help the curry increase in volume if you have a huge crowd to feed. It tastes equally yummy.
2. Skip the coconut paste (or milk) if you want a thicker restaurant style curry.

Prawn / Shrimp Curry (Kolumbiche Kalvan)
Prawn / Shrimp Curry (Kolumbiche Kalvan)

36 comments:

  1. wow.. yummylicious.. cant take off my eyes from the screen..

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  2. Such a delicious prawn curry and the clicks are making me hungry..prawns are my favourite..

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  3. wow.. yummy! will surely try this one soon

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  4. Meghana i want to have this curry nowwwwww

    Mouthwatering , i love kolambiche kalvan very much .

    Khupach Chaan :)

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  5. Wonderful recipe! I love especially the sauce, it's very inviting :)

    Hugs

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  6. Hi Meghana ,

    Prawn curry looks spicy and delicious....

    Gravy looks YummY:)

    Neat presentation Meghana , Keep it up:)

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  7. wow very delicious prawn curry. yumm

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  8. Good one
    http://www.followfoodiee.com/

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  9. I've just had a huge breakfast, and this recipe is making me hungry! Looks amazing.

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  10. prawn curry looks so delicious...perfect clicks...

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  11. Oh drooling at this curry!!A must try for sure :)

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  12. First: That dish looks fantastic, I LOVE shrimp. Second: I love your blog! So I've nominated you for the versatile bloggers award. Check out the post to find out more http://www.thesaucygourmet.net/2012/06/bang-bang-shrimp-lettuce-wraps.html

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    1. Thanks a lot Shari. Will soon post about the award.

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  13. That looks, for lack of better words, mouthwatering!

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  14. A very nice,innovative recipe.The gravy has come out thick and rich.Yummy.

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    1. Thanks Melange but honestly nothing to do with my innovation, that's my traditional family recipe.

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  15. I love both shrimp and prawns! This is right down my alley, it looks SO good!

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  16. Fingerlicking shrimp curry,i dont mind having it anytime.

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  17. so very tempting & delicious ..drooling here,Megh:-)
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  18. i so completely agree with you.....foodies think differently from non foodies!....the prawn masala is yum!!!!!!!!!bookmarked.......will let you know how it turns ot when i make this.:)

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  19. Hi Meghana ,

    one request to you Meghana,

    I posted a guest post at Lavanya's blog.

    Do drop a comment at Lavanya's recipes....

    thank you Meghana and Keep on:)

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  20. Bookmarked the recipe. really nice one

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  21. mouth watering presentation....

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  22. Prawn/Shrimp curry looks mouthwatering! hubby loves praws...will your recipe soon :)

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  23. prawn curry looks awesome dear !!!always my favorite !!!!!!

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  24. simply delicious..inviting you to join Street Party Food Event in my blog

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  25. wow... prawn curry looks fantastic... spicy and delicious...

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  26. Simple n easy....Thank You so much! Tried this and came out great! yumm...:)

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  27. Wow this is terrific looking... I've never added coconut before to my prawn curry.. But I used coconut milk yesterday in the egg curry I prepared n I loved the taste.. Will try this soon....

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  28. Fantastic Ones..!! Will Try this for sure. I also tried Prawn Pickle in Andhra Style my self by reading a like this.

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