Monday, January 5, 2009

Shrimp curry (South Indian coastal region kulambu)

If any non vegetarian fan (like me) is asked to rate their favorite dish , then shrimp will definitely get a top score. To my surprise hubby never likes crab or shrimp (so I get a lion's share always :) . Love my man for his taste:)
Back to the shrimp curry, there are many ways to prepare the shrimp. Mostly we cook it exactly like a chicken curry or fry it like chicken 65. But the shrimp tastes great in whatever manner being cooked. (It tastes good if not cooked for a long time). Some American restaurants serve a half cooked cocktail shrimp and I love that taste too. I had it raw along with small gooseberry as a salad in Thailand and that was very lovely.
The recipe I narrate here traces its origin to the southern coastal region of Tamil Nadu. I got this charming recipe from a fish selling person (who regularly supplies fish to my father's house) and I love it because of its simplicity.
Here goes the recipe.


Shrimp - 30 numbers
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
cumin - 1/2 tsp
turmeric- a small bit
whole black Pepper - 2 tsp
coriander powder - 2 tbsp (not the seeds)
ginger - 1 inch
green chilli - 2 (split to half)
Chopped onion - 1 cup (1 number)
chopped tomato - 1 cup (2 number)
salt- to taste
oil - 1 tsp.
curry leaf - 2 brig

1.Wash srimp. Remove the veins and shell.Keep aside.
2.Bring to boil 1 cup of water in a vessel
Then add chopped onion and tomato .
3.Grind shredded coconut , cumin ,turmeric, black pepper, coriander powder
and ginger together.Add this mixture to the boiling onion-tomato .
4.Add the cleaned shrimp and cook covered in a low heat for 15 minutes.
5.Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
Fry fennel seeds (sombu) to red color then add the curry leaves and green chilli .
Now pour this tempering to the cooked shrimp kulambu. Check for salt.
The consistency should be watery like sambar.

Coastal region shrimp kulambu is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Makes nearly 3 cups of shrimp kulambu.
Serve hot with plain steamed rice.


Nandinis food said...

Yummy! Seems to be a palatable recipe. I like shrimps. I will try this one day. :)

Shobana senthilkumar said...

first time in ur blog...shrimp kulambu recipe is differnt from mine...wanted try urs...turkey briyani is mouth watering dear:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

mmmmm.....lovely shrimp

Anonymous said...

Shrimps looks very yummy dear.will try tomorrow..

Cham said...

I am from coastal area and we add shrimp in every curry. The shrimp curry is different and looks tasty!

Malar Gandhi said...

Love shrimps, love the way you did it! A must try one...

Gita Jaishankar said...

I usually make shrimp kozumbu like fish kozumbu. This is differnt and looks so good Viki, I making this for weekend :)

Premyscakes said...

Luv the way u explained. seems to be great recipe.

gtyuk said...


your prawn kozhambu looks delicious. It's just taking me back to Alappuzaha Backwaters in Kerala, where they prepared something similar with coconut. Mmmm.. wish I could go back....

Anonymous said...

love shrimps...this one is so delicious..

Adlak's tiny world said...

nicely presented... nice color tooo..