Madras Shrimp Masala

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Boil Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 1 lb large shrimps/prawns
  • 4 small onions, finely chopped (200 g)
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped (150 g)
  • 8-10 garlic pods (40 g)
  • 2-inch ginger (15 g)
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 tsp chilli powder (as per taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2.5 cups water
  • A few tsp of lemon juice (for cleaning shrimp)

How to Make Madras Shrimp Masala

  • Clean, wash and devein shrimps/prawns. Add some salt and turmeric powder whilst cleaning.
  • In a small bowl, add some water and lemon juice and let the shrimp soak for 5 minutes. Turmeric, salt and lemon juice helps to remove any germs and odour from the shrimp. This cleaning method applies to all seafood.
  • Grind ginger and garlic into a smooth paste.
  • In a large kadai/wok, add oil.
  • When it is hot, add fennel seeds.
  • When they splutter, add finely chopped onion and salt and saute until it turns golden brown and reduces in volume.
  • Then, add turmeric powder and finely chopped tomato and saute until it turns mushy.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute until oil separates.
  • Then, add red chilli powder and coriander powder and saute for a minute.
  • Add water and boil it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add coarsely ground black pepper powder. Stir it well.
  • Add shrimps/prawns and cook until well done.
  • Remove it from flame.
  • Close the lid and allow the flavours to mix well.
  • The longer you wait, the better is the taste.
  • Serve it with rice or rotis.
  • Recipe courtesy: Food for 7 Stages of Life