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Shrimp in Fried Onion Masala



Shrimp masala is a spicy,semi-dry prawn dish cooked in a thick sauce of ginger,  fried onions and tamarind paste.It is a simple home-style preparation,the recipe handed over to me by my mother. It is quick and easy to make.

Whenever I cook seafood I cannot help remembering my hometown... the beautiful backwaters that adds to its beauty, the lovely boat rides ,the seashore, boats and ferries loaded with fresh catch and my grandmother hurrying to buy fresh fish as soon as the boats reaches the banks of the kayal (backwaters). It was like a ceremonious duty which my grandmother enjoyed and many times felt offended if my father offered to help or plan to go all by himself. Who will not enjoy.... beautiful dawn, light morning breeze,  little gossips and chatting with friends and finally the struggle and  tactics to get the best fish at reasonable price of which she could boast the whole day :)

Ingredients
Shrimp-1b
Fried onion paste- 3/4 cup
Shallots chopped -4-5

Green chilly-2
Ginger- 1 inch
garlic- 5 cloves
Tamarind- a small ball
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Coriander-   1 tsp
Red Chilly- 3
Turmeric- 1/3tsp

Thick coconut milk-1/4 cup
oil
salt to taste



Make a paste of fried onion,roasted coriander, roasted red chilly,garam masala, , ginger and garlic and green chilly. Mix tamarind pulp into the paste.
In a pan heat oil and add curry leaves and thinly sliced ginger. Then add shallots and fry in medium till it becomes golden brown. To this add the masala paste and cook till the oil separates.  Add shrimp and mix well and spread in an even layer and cook. Drizzle coconut milk on top.After a minute use a spatula and gently turn to the other side and cook till both sides are browned up . Allow that to get slightly roasted. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..

Comments

  1. am going to make it. you call it simple home food. this is so so tempting....

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  2. So spicy and yummy, very tempting one.

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  3. looks spicy and yummy...i already like your grandmother though i never met her...

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  4. Shrimp masala looks wonderful and inviting.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. i make prawns in a similar way.. i'll try adding vinegar next time..
    inviting!

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  6. Wowww droolworthy shrimp masala, mouthwatering here..

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  7. Delicious Shrimp Masala. I have one in my draft for a long time. But did not like the picture. You are tempting me make it again !!

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  8. Lovely prawn masal. Enjoyed your memories on homeland...truly a great write up with this nice shrimp.

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  9. My mouth is watering too ...Sujechi....

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  10. Shrimp Masala looks so spicy n yummy.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  11. Scrumptious shrimp masala..beautiful color!..love the write up too:)

    US Masala

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  12. This dish looks so gorgeous and delicious....I am going to try it.....very temoting....

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  13. delicious and tempting picture, great

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  14. Tempting and is delicious. shrimp masala is inviting me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful masala.
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  15. wow.....spicy.....and very tempting dish...

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  16. Oh my these look delicious and packed with flavor! My husband and I don't always agree on food but I know we would both agree that this one is a keeper.

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  17. Ayyoo..kothi varunne..pic kandal avide veenu pokumallo.kidu.

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  18. Very nice recipe and it looks mouthwatering..

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  19. Sounds so spicy and delicious, tempting click too..

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  20. Looks real spicy and am crazy abt spicy food...

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  21. yumm...mouthwatering....wish I could have them

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  22. Suja, where were you in Piscataway? We moved here by February '10.. (Pleasant view gardens). Missed the opportunity to meet you dear.

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  23. Awesome, it looks absolutely divine.

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  24. Prawns Masala looks super yummy....

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  25. Spicy and yummy shrimp masala..u know i am great prawn lover..those looks very tempting!!

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  26. Thanks all for stopping by and for your encouraging words:)

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