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Goan Shrimp Curry

Goan Shrimp Curry

Goan Shrimp curry or "Ambot Tik" which means Sour ("Ambot") and Spicy ("Tik") in Konkani (an Indian language). It's a vibrant, flavorful recipe from the southwestern coast of India. 
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Goan, Indian
Keyword: dairy-free, fish, Gluten-free, Goan, healthy, indian, keto, local
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 642kcal
Author: Aakruti Mahendra


  • 24 21/25 count Shrimp frozen/ fresh. You can use any size shrimp. Adjust the quantity according to the size used.
  • Water as required If using frozen shrimp, use water for thawing.

Ground 'Masala'

  • 2 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder Or 8-10 Dried Kashmiri chilis (whole) (found in Indian grocery store or speciality spice stores)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp whole Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp whole Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Other Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil or olive oil or your preferred oil
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger minced
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes finely chopped. Or use 2 tsp Tomato Paste
  • 8-10 curry leaves found in Indian grocery stores
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required during cooking to maintain curry consistency


  • If using frozen shrimp, start by defrosting them. Transfer prawns to a bowl and add enough cold water to soak them properly for 15 minutes. If using fresh, skip this step.
  • Grind all ingredients mentioned under "Ground Masala"
  • Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan/ pot. Add ginger and red onions.
  • Sauté until onions turn just about golden brown. Now add chopped tomatoes (or tomato paste).
  • Cook tomatoes for 5-6 minutes or until they break easily. Skip this step if using tomato paste.
  • Next add ground masala and salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. The gravy develops a deep color.
  • Now add defrosted shrimp to the gravy and cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle curry leaves.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  • Pair with plain steamed rice or 'Malabar Parathas'. Enjoy!


The nutritional value is for 1 serving. Please keep in mind that the nutrition value is a rough estimate and can vary based on the product used.


Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 893mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3909IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 10mg
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