Tuesday, May 28, 2019


This is Odia style prawn curry. It is really amazing to see a variety of curries in different regions cooked with a difference. Some regions combine vegetables with the meats and sea food. In this curry we have combined potato with prawns cooked in a spicy gravy. The aroma of freshly roasted and ground spices really adds to the flavours.

This recipe is for the group event of "Shhhh Cooking Secretly" .. (a group on facebook) where we choose a different cuisine each time. Also we are paired with a co-blogger who gives us 2 secret ingredients. We have to make a dish from the selected Cuisine using those 2 ingredients. My partner of the month is Aruna SarasChandra. She has a blog called Vasu's Veg Kitchen  Do check out some delicious veg recipes on her space.

Prawns ..... 250 gms
Potatoes ... 2 small
Onions ..... 1 cup (finely chopped)
Tomatoes .... 1
Garlic ....... 3-4 cloves
Ginger .... 1" piece
Poppy seeds .. 1 tsp (soaked in water)
Tumeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt ............ to taste
Mustard oil ....5-6 tbsps
Coriander leaves.. handful

For dry roasting:
Coriander seeds ... 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds ........ 1/2 tsp
Cloves ................ few
Green cardamoms ..3-4
Cinnamon ........... 1 small piece
Black pepper corns ....  few
Dry red chillies .... 1-2


Dry roast the spices in list 2 .

Grind them to a coarse powder.

Clean the prawns and marinate them with salt and turmeric powder.

Grind together onion, ginger, garlic, tomato and poppy seeds to make a paste.

Heat oil in a pan to a smoking point as mustard oil is pungent. Reduce the flame and fry the potatoes. Remove them.

In the same oil saute the marinated prawns for few minutes.

Remove them in a plate.

Now in the same pan add the wet paste and saute it until the oil separates.

Add little water, salt and turmeric powder. Add the potatoes first as they are chunky and need more cooking.

After simmering for few minutes tip in the prawns.

Add the turmeric, ground masala powder at this stage. Mix well and simmer until done. Adjust the gravy to your liking and add water accordingly.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

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Recipe source: Odia Kitchen

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  1. The Prawns curry looks delicious..

  2. The prawn curry looks lovely! Beautifully presented dish! :)
    I love how simple the recipe is, and yet it sounds so flavourful.

  3. Curry looks colorful,surely spices used in dry roasting are the main taste to this curry. Will try this recipe soon using potaotes and other veggie..

    1. Yes, it is worth trying. You can make with any vegetable of your choice.

  4. Interesting recipe that can be adapted to make it veggie by swapping the prawns for paneer or tofu. Grinding the spices is a good way of blending all the flavours.

  5. I do not eat prawns but the espices and the flavours here are super .. I think I too will like to substitute with paneer or even veg.koftas.. So aromatic!!

  6. A great looking curry- I love potatoes in a curry too.

    1. Potatoes will be tasty with this spice mix too.

  7. Prawns curry with potato sounds interesting ! Can imagine how flavorful the curry must be with the freshly pounded roasted spice mix .

    1. Thank you Poonam. Yes the fresh masala makes the curry so flavourful.

  8. I love seafood and this curry sounds so yummy.. I love adding potatoes along with prawns... can feel the taste of it. YUM YUM !

  9. Well explained and beautifully presented dish. The curry looks lipsmacking delicious

  10. Lovely flavors with freshly grounded masala. Prawn masala looks very inviting

  11. Prawn curry in odia style looks so delicious and lip-smacking. Beautifully presented.

  12. With all the masala that have been added, it seems like a very fragrant curry

  13. The images you have captures are so beautiful Shobha di. I am quite tempted to try that ground masala... any suggesions for what veggies will be good with it?

    1. You can make mixed vegetables with this masala.

  14. Prawn curry looks mouthwatering. This flavourful and spicy curry is perfect with steamed rice. Loved your well explained recipe.

  15. The curry reminds me of the one that my daughter's Odia friend makes for my hubby whenever we are in Bangalore. The curry must be so aromatic with all the freshly ground spices.

    1. So nice to have such friends. Yes this curry was very delicious Mayuri.

  16. Wow! That is one delicious curry of prawns. Totally love your stepwise picture and will love some rice ti go with it

    1. Thanks Archana. The Odi style prawn curry tastes really very good.


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