19th December 2017

Prawn and Potato Curry

I use an electric stone grinder for most of my masalas. The reason I do this is because the masala is ground without any heating and hence the curry turns rich and creamy. But you may use a mixer-grinder also (but grind in small bursts so as not to heat the jar). Also, I have used a combination of dry red chillies – one for the colour and the other for the flavour. The essence of this Prawn and Potato Curry lies in the coconut masala paste.

Serves: 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 10 Mins. + 30 Mins (grinding on stone grinder)

Cooking Time: 25 Mins.

Ingredients:

[ Standard Measure – 1 cup = 250 ml ]

  • Prawns (cleaned & deveined) – 1 cup (cleaned)
  • Potatoes – 2 medium
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Light Green Chillies (slit) – 2 to 3
  • For the Masala Paste:
    • Coconut (grated) – 1 cup
    • Kashmiri Red Chillies (deseeded) – 5 to 6
    • Bedgi Red Chillies – 5 to 6
    • Black Pepper Corns – 6
    • Corriander Seeds – 1 ½ to 2 tbsp.
    • Jeera [Cumin Seeds] – a pinch
    • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.
    • Garlic – 4 small cloves
    • Tamarind (soaked in 1 cup hot water) – 1 small lime sized ball
  • Thick Coconut Milk (see here) – 250 ml
  • Sugar – ½ tsp. (optional)
  • Oil – 2 to 3 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Apply ½ tsp. salt to the cleaned prawns and keep aside.

Step 2:     Peel and chop the potatoes into small cubes. Place them aside in a bowl immersed in cold water.

Step 3:     Grind all the ingredients listed under masala and the tamarind with it’s water, to a smooth paste using another 1 cup water.

Step 4:     Heat 2 to 3 tbsp. oil in a vessel and add the slit green chillies and sauté for a minute. Add the onion and sauté till light golden on medium heat. Drain and add the potato cubes and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step 5:     Add the ground masala paste and 250 ml water and cook on low heat till the curry starts boiling.

Step 6:     Next add the prawns, sugar, salt (if needed) and let the curry simmer covered till the potatoes are done (around 8 to 10 minutes).

Step 7:     Check if the potatoes are done and check for seasoning. Stir in the thick coconut milk and simmer uncovered for another 3 to 4 minutes (don’t let the curry come to a boil). Serve hot with hot rice.

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