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Maharashtrian Shrimp Curry

This is one of the easiest recipes that I have tried out.  Rajesh and I went through a phase where we would check out cookbooks (Indian and International) from the local libraries and after poring over them, we would try out some new dishes.  This recipe is from one of Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbooks.  We have tried out some quick and easy recipes from her collection and most of them have turned out well.


  • Shrimp - 2 lbs, medium size
  • Coconut milk - 1 can,
  • Garlic - 6 cloves, crushed
  • Green chillies - 6, finely chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/2 bunch, finely chopped
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
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  • Marinade
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  • Tamarind paste - 2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Chilly powder - 2 tsp (more or less depending on your taste)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste



Wash, peel, devein and remove the tail off the shrimp.  Pat dry and set aside.


Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl and pour it over the cleaned shrimp.  Mix well and set aside to marinate for 20 minutes.


Heat oil in an open shallow pan.  Put in the crushed garlic and fry till light golden.


Add the marinated shrimp and fry for a couple of minutes.


Put in the coconut milk, water, green chillies and cilantro.  Mix well.


When the coconut mil and water in the dish come up to a boil, turn off the heat instantly.




Shrimp cooks very quickly, so do not cook it for more than 5 minutes.

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    September 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Just made this – turned out awesome! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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      September 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks for the feedback Akshata! I am glad the recipe turned out well for you!!

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    Jim Mariano
    February 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I made the Maharashtrian Shrimp Curry the other night. It was my first time ever attempted to make Indian food and it came out EXCELLENT. Really nice pictures and instructions too, which helped quite a bit. Thank you both for helping me step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Up next is the Fisherman’s Shrimp Curry! – Jim

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      February 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Jim,
      Thank you for the positive feedback! We are glad that you liked this dish. Let us know how the Fisherman’s Curry turns out…

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    December 10, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I love this recipe and reference it all the time and some how the ingredients list is missing above so I’m lost!!! Please help.

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      December 10, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hi Madhura:
      Sorry about that. We are in the process of changing our theme to make it more mobile-responsive and the new theme does not support the old ingredient list. We have updated the recipe so the ingredients are visible now. We are in the process of updating all the recipes. We are glad you enjoy the recipe!

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