Goan Fish Curry With Prawns | Sungta Hooman

Goan Fish Curry With Prawns is my favorite curry among the various fish curries that we cook in Goa. Infact 90% Goans love Prawns curry. Last weekend my brother and his wife had come to visit us. This time I told my brother that I will cook food for them and requested them not to take us all to a restaurant.  Last time when they came, I made veg food for them as we did not get good fish. This time my hubby got home Kingfish and Prawns from the local fish market. Luckily he got fresh fish. My sister in law loves fish. I had never cooked non-veg food for them.
Prawns Curry
I decided to make Prawns curry and fried Kingfish. My brother normally does not like fish curries. He is one exception. But this time he loved the Prawns curry that I made. My sister in law was full of praises for me. I was extremely happy that they loved whatever I cooked for them. My brother and sister in law both said that this was the best meal they would get in Bangalore. 
You can add raw mango or starfruit to this curry to add extra tangy flavour. Just add it along with the Prawns while boiling. Many Goans also add drumsticks to this curry. If you add drumsticks, then boil the drumsticks separately and then add to the curry. In anyway the curry turns yummy and delicious. Do try this and let me know.
Goan Prawns Curry

Ingredients:                                                                                               Prep. Time: 20 Minutes, Serves: 4

15-20 Prawns / Shrimps

For Gravy:
1/2 cup grated coconut(coconut of small size)
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2-3 dry red chilies / byadgi chilies / shepda in Konkani
5 peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 chopped onion
1 teaspoon oil

For marinating the prawns:
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt


For marination:

De-shell the prawns. Remove the thick black thread that is there in the middle of the Prawns back. This is also known as back-bone.
Apply the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Leave this for minimum 30 Minutes.
If you want to marinate for longer time, then keep the marinated prawns in refrigerator.

For the gravy:
Grind, grated coconut, turmeric powder,tamarind,peppercorns,coriander and red chillies. After grinding the gravy is ready in which prawns will be cooked.

In an aluminium bowl, add 1/4 cup water and prawns. Add 2 tablespoon ground gravy to this. Let it cook for 10 mins.
Then pour in the rest of the ground gravy and stir. Add water 1/2 cup and cook on a medium flame for 2 Min’s.
Let it get cooked for another 10 Min’s.
Switch of the gas.

Now in a tadka pan, add oil preferably coconut oil. Once the oil gets heated add chopped onion and fry till it gets burnt. After this gets burnt, give a tadka of burnt onion to the gravy and close the lid.
Add salt to taste. Remember that the prawns were marinated with salt. So add only 1/2 tsp salt first. Taste and add more if needed.

Note: The gravy should neither be too thick nor too thin.

Done! Serve it with rice and fried fish and enjoy the rich and authentic Fish Curry Rice from Goa 🙂

The post has been updated with new images on 02-04-2017.


  1. says

    Hey this looks delicious. I am going to try. .I have a question. .when you say add 2 tbsp of gravy to the prawns ..do you mean the masala of gravy ? Or do we make the gravy before ..not very clear. .also after the prawns step you say to simmer the gravy that's why it's little confusing . Do you mean add water to the mandala for gravy ? If you can clarify it would be very helpful

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