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Spicy Shrimp Curry

Shrimp or prawn curry is one of the most popularΒ  south India non-vegetarian dishes. I’ve learnt this recipe from my Mother-in-law. Her shrimp curry has to be the tastiest shrimp I’ve had. It goes very well chapathi, sambar rice and rasam. You can make this in different consistencies depending on your taste.
You could make it as a gravy so it goes well with chapathi or naan or you could make it as a dry dish by leaving it in low heat for a long time. That’s how my husband likes it. have fun cooking this spicy shrimp curry and let me know if you try this recipe.

Preparation Time : 45 minutes
No of servings : 3-4
Spice level : 3 out of 5


  • Shrimp : 500gms (washed and cleaned) (deshelled)
  • Onion : 1(large)(finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes :2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger & Garlic paste : 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder : 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder : 11/2 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves : 1/4 cup
  • Curry Leaves : 7-8

For Seasonings :

  • Oil : 2tbsp
  • Cloves : 2
  • Cinnamon : 1 “
  • Bay Leaves : 2

Method Of Preparation:

  1. Heat Oil in a pan add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves . Then add chopped onions fry them till it becomes golden brown.
  2. Now add the ginger & garlic paste, fry them for few more minutes till the raw smell goes off.
  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and curry leaves, fry them for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder(you can also substitute sambar powder 2 tbsp instead of red chili and coriander powder). Fry them for 4-5 minutes in slow heat.
  5. Finally add the shrimp(deveined), coriander leaves and a cup of water. Cook them in slow heat till the shrimp gets fully cooked.
  6. You can adjust the thickness of the gravy by adjusting cooking time.
  7. Once it’s done garnish with coriander leaves and remove from heat.
  8. Serve it hot with rice or chapathi.


  1. WOW, such a tempting prawn curry dear! Loved the shot! πŸ˜€

  2. Shirya,

    Shrimp curry is red hot, nice one.

  3. Looks mouthwatering!!!love shrimps

  4. Yummy curry…! Needless to mention, a lovely click…!

  5. I love……….. Ithna yummy tha ki kya likhna tha bhool hi gaye…. I have saved this prep for a try…… Loved the captures of this delectable delight….. πŸ™‚


  6. Mouthwatering shrimp gravy….And lovely color of this gravy

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. delicious curry, beautiful

  8. that does look mouthwatering yummmeeee

  9. Simply mouthwatering n spicy..Liked the bowl u served..

  10. colourful & delicious dish!!

  11. thats my type of dish. spicy tasty and flavourful.

  12. Shriya, the dish looks delicious. Beautiful click πŸ™‚

  13. Droolworthy dish…can’t take my eyes off from the pics πŸ™‚

  14. shriya
    u r making me hungry really spicy n delicious shrimp curry looks so colorful .. nice one

  15. Looks delicious!
    I love prawn curry.

  16. The prawns curry looks delicious… too mouth watering.. just loved the snap.

  17. So spicy and yummy!!! loved it…

  18. Thanks ladies for your valuable comments..

  19. That picture made my tummy start growling! Looks mouthwatering!

  20. Hmmm… The shrimp curry looks so alluring… There’s another favourite of mine – Prawn with Posto (poppy seeds):

    Also I have a small collection of Shrimp/Prawn recipes on my blog:

  21. I am a vegetarian but my husband likes shrimp. So i was searching for some recipe. I found this and made and it came out so well. My husband liked a lot.Shriya …thanks a lot.

  22. Thank you so much for so many wonderful recipes. I’m going to try our your sambar saatham and paal kolukattai tonight. I just love your presentation and pictures…ur clicks are sooooo tempting… πŸ™‚ Thank you and keep up the great work!

  23. Hey Shriya…Just loved this recipe….very authentic taste….no one in my family could resist it…YUMMY:)

  24. a regular visitor of ur site πŸ™‚ i luv all ur dishes…its really outstanding

    • Thanks all of u for the lovely comments…

  25. Is this recipe easy to double

  26. Turmeric was not listed as ingredient but used in prep. How muh turmeric does it need? thanks

    • Hi Mike, 1/4 tsp should be good.

  27. Loved it. Thank you