30th May 2024

Goan Prawn Curry

Goan Prawn Currry

This classic Goan Prawn Curry needs no introduction. Served wherever you go in Goa, the curry is creamy and goes well only with rice. You can serve a vegetable or a salad on the side or even some fried fish or fried prawns (many on this site, just search for ‘fried’!)

Serves: 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 30 Mins.

Cooking Time: 25 to 30 Mins.


[Standard Measure – 1 cup = 250 ml.]

  • Prawns (cleaned & deveined) – 1 cup
  • Turmeric – ¼ tsp.
  • For the Masala:
    • Coconut (grated) – 1 cup (lightly packed)
    • Garlic – 2 big cloves
    • Tamarind (soaked in warm water) – 1 small marble sized ball
    • Bedgi Red Chillies (stemmed) – 6 to 8
    • Kashmiri Red Chillies (stemmed) – 2
    • Black Pepper Corns – 8 to 10
    • Corriander Seeds – 1 tbsp.
    • Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp.
    • Turmeric – ½ tsp.
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium sized
  • Green Chillies (slit) – 3
  • Kokum – 4 to 5 petals
  • Thick Coconut Milk (see here) – ½ to ¾ cup
  • Oil (pref. coconut) – 1 tbsp.
  • Sea Salt – 2 tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Apply 1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. turmeric to the prawns and keep aside.

Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry

Step 2:     Grind all the ingredients listed under masala to a fine paste using ½ cup water.

Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry

Step 3:     Take a vessel suitable to make the curry and add the oil. Sauté the onion and two of the green chillies  on medium heat till light golden.

Step 4:     Next add the ground masala paste and sauté for a minute. Add 400 ml hot water (or prawn stock – see notes) and 1 tsp. salt mix. Let the curry come to a boil. Add the prawns.

Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry
Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry

Step 5:     When the curry starts boiling add the kokum petals and let the curry boil for another 5 to 6 minutes. Then switch to low heat.

Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry

Step 6:     Add the remaining green chilly and the thick coconut milk and let the curry cook on low heat for another 6 to 8 minutes (keep the heat low or the coconut milk will split).

Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry


  • To make a prawn stock: Heat a tbsp. of butter in a pan and sauté the prawn heads, shells, and tails for 2 to 3 minutes. Add adequate water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and use instead of hot water in Step 4 to enhance flavour!
Preparation of Goan Prawn Currry


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