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Chilka Fishermen’s Prawn Curry


  • 1 pound medium Shrimp/ Prawns head on
  • 1/2 fenugreek seeds slightly pounded
  • 1 1/2 C white or yellow onions chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbs chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp hungarian paprika or kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tbs mustard oil


  1. apply the turmeric on to the shrimp and leave to marinade for a few minutes.
  2. Heat the oil and allow it to come to a smoky point. Turn down heat and the slightly crushed fenugreek seeds. Stir and add the onions.
  3. Do not let the fenugreek turn brown or black. It will taste bitter, so add onions soon after the fenugreek.
  4. Let the onions cook until transparent. Then add shrimps.
  5. Add in the chilli powder,chilli flakes and salt.
  6. Cook until the shrimp is done, taking care to not let the spices burn. Medium heat really is your friend here.
  7. Try not to add any water, but if your spices are sticking to the pan, sprinkle a tsp of water.
  8. As soon as oil separates , the dish is done.
  9. You could make a meal out of it by serving some rice along side. But I plan to serve this with pita points and lot of beer.