Ambot Tik (Goan Prawn Curry with Coconut)


  • 400 gm prawns, cleaned and deveined

For the Ground Masala –

  • 8-10 Dried Kashmiri Red Chillies
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole Peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Coriander Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Small knob of Tamarind or 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup Coconut grated
  • 1 cup coconut milk

For the Curry –

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger finely minced
  • 1/2 cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves

Method –

  1. Grind all the ingredients mentioned under ground masala with coconut milk to a smooth paste and set aside.
  2. In a pan, heat coconut oil and add ginger and onions. Saute the onions till they are a light golden brown and add tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes for 5-7 minutes till they break down easily with the back of a spoon.
  3. Add the ground masala and salt to the pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer the masala for 10-15 minutes till the color deepens slightly. Add the prawns to the gravy and cook them for 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle curry leaves on top, mix well and switch off the flame. Let the curry rest for 5 minutes before serving with steamed rice.

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