A south Indian shrimp recipe..!

Mangalorean Prawns Gassi

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The south of India is well-known for its natural beauty and for the abundant availability of coconut plantations, especially having long coastlines. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried form is put to excellent use in its cuisine. The Manglorean Prawns Gassi is a recipe from the south of India which encompasses two important aspects of the region – Coconut and Sea-food! Since the months of August and September are the ones when the best shrimps are found here in the Middle East, I decided to make this curry with the best quality Raw materials available for the season.


  1. Prawns (de-veined and shelled)- 500 gms
  2. Cubed Potato- 1 cup
  3. Chopped Onion- 1 medium sized
  4. Coconut milk- ½ cup [1 tbsp of maggi coconut milk powder dissolved in water]
  5. Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
  6. Oil- 1 tbsp
  7. Water
  8. Salt

For the masala paste:

  1. Coconut- 1 cup
  2. Ginger-garlic paste- 2 tbsp
  3. Onion- ½ cup
  4. Green chilli- 2
  5. Tamarind- small sized ball
  6. Red Chilli powder- 1tsp
  7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp


Step One

The first step would be to clean the prawns; remove the shell and de-vein them. Wash well for about 7 to 8 times.

Tip: Squeeze some lemon juice on the prawns and keep it aside to reduce the smell. Cleaning prawns calls for caution. For those who are doing this for the first time need to know that de-veining the prawns, removing the shells releases a smell that lingers in your kitchen and hands which you want to avoid. So make sure that you clean well and dispose the waste as soon as possible. 

Step Two

Grind the masala paste using coconut, onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, tamarind, red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, with a little water to form a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step Three

In a medium sized non-stick pot, take a spoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter on medium heat. Then add the chopped onions and season with salt. Once the onion is golden brown, add the cubed potatoes and saute till it changes color. Add in the ground masala paste and allow it to cook. Simmer till the gravy starts to bubble and thicken.

Step Four

Add the clean prawns and some salt, as per taste. Add ½ cup of water and allow the prawns to cook for about 15 to 20 mins.

Step Five

Reduce the flame and now add ½ cup of coconut milk.

Tip: Coconut milk is likely to curdle/ split on high heat, so keep the flame low.

Step Six

Serve with some Jeera rice or plain rice or appams.

Shrimps and Rice!

I got back from work wondering what to do with the left over rice in my refrigerator. It was one of those days where I didn’t feel like some simple rice and cooked lentil gravy, but was rather enthusiastic about trying something new. As a lawyer, I spend most of my day reading huge bundles of papers, and day/night doesn’t matter- clients want everything YESTERDAY. All I want is to end my day in a completely different world. After glancing across the kitchen, I could see that I have the left-over rice, some vegetables, soya sauce and marinated shrimps. How about a fusion of Indian and Chinese ingredients to make some shrimp fried rice, especially to suit the taste of Mr. A who loves spices? I quickly chopped some onions and vegetables, made some ginger-garlic paste; tossed it all in the pan, seasoned it with pepper, salt and soya sauce. Mixed it together with shrimp and rice for a small Indo-Chinese treat. In this simple recipe, I have used ingredients that are easily available in most kitchens, in case one suddenly decides to cook Fried Rice!

Shrimp Friend Rice

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Medium
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  1. Shrimp- 1 cup
  2. Rice- 500gms
  3. Chopped Beans- 1/2 cup
  4. Chopped Carrots- 1/2 cup
  5. Chopped Capsicum- 1/2 cup
  6. Chopped onions- 2 or 3 tablespoons
  7. Spring onion- 1/2 cup
  8. Ginger garlic paste- 2 tablespoons
  9. Pepper- 2 teaspoons
  10. Soya Sauce- 2 tablespoons
  11. Vinegar- 1 tablespoon
  12. Salt

For Shrimp Marination

  1. Chilli Powder- 2 tablespoons
  2. Turmeric Powder- a pinch
  3. Lemon juice- 2 tablespoons
  4. Salt


  1. Fry rice grains. Boil water and put the rice along with some salt. Keep aside.
  2. Marinate shrimp in Chilli powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt for around 1 hour and cook in medium flame. Once cooked, fry the shrimp for about 2-3 mins.
  3. In a pan, add oil and saute onions and ginger garlic paste. Once the onions turn light brown, add the vegetables and season with pepper powder and salt. In about 10 mins, add soya sauce and vinegar.
  4. Mix this mixture thoroughly with the rice and shrimp, so that the flavors blend in well.
  5. Shrimp Fried rice is ready to be served.