Mangalore Prawn/ Fish /veg. curry

  200 gms prawns or your favourite fish cut into cubes
  1/2 cup chopped onions
  2 cloves of garlic
  small piece ginger
  2 medium size tomatoes chopped roughly
  3/4 dhania (coriander powder)
  1/2 t sp jeera (cumin) powder
  chilli powder to taste
  salt to taste
  2-3 green chillies slit and cut into half
  1 tb sp cooking oil
  1/4 piece of fresh coconut or 2 tbsps of coconut powder/dessicated coconut

  • Heat oil in a frypan, add chopped oniond and fry till golden brown .
  • Add chopped ginger, garlic, dhania powder and jeera powder and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Add chopped tomaoes and salt and cook till soft.Remove from heat, cool and grind to a paste along with the coconut.
  • Put the ground  masala back in the fry pan. add the slit green chillies,and ginger julliens and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water if the masala is too thick and bring to a boil.
  •  Now add the prawns/ fish and cook till  tender. Do not over cook the prawns or they'll turn hard.
  • Serve with boiled rice.
  Vegetarian option
  Replace the fish with mushrooms or fried cubes of brinjal(egg plant) or try any of your favourite vegetable    that you feel  will taste good with this strong  robust masala.I repeat, use your imagination.


A quicker version is to grind the raw ingredients, fry for 5 minutes, add the fish/ prawns and cook till done.
Tamrind pulp can be added before adding the prawns to give it a slightly sour taste.
A really satisfying  quick dish for a cold winter evening .