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Prawns and Drumsticks Curry


Deepavali, the Festival of Lights is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing recipes that you can cook for your family and friends during this festive season. Today’s recipe, Prawns and Drumsticks Curry, can be a change from your normal chicken or mutton curry! Firstly, you can buy the prawns a week in advance and clean and freeze them. The masala paste can be ground at least 2 days in advance. The basic curry is so versatile – you can also cook either fish or squid too. And if you are a vegetarian, substitute the prawns with paneer or tofu!

Preparation time:   20 minutes

Cooking time:   20 minutes

Serves:   6

500 g medium prawns, shelled and cleaned

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

120 g grated coconut

80 g shallots

30 g ginger

30 g garlic cloves

200 ml water

3 heaped tablespoons coriander powder

2 tablespoons chilli powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder

2 tablespoons Q.B.B. Pure Ghee

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 sprigs curry leaves

2 large tomatoes, chopped

¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

100 g tamarind macerated in 1000 ml water and strained

1 ½ teaspoons salt

3 drumsticks, scraped and cut into 4 cm pieces

2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves


  1. Place prawns in a bowl. Add in the turmeric powder and mix well. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meanwhile, grind coconut, shallots, ginger and garlic cloves with 200 ml water until smooth.
  3. Pour blended mixture into a bowl. Add in the coriander, chilli and cumin powders and mix to a paste.
  4. Heat Q.B.B. Pure Ghee in a pan or a clay pot. Add in the mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Add in the onion slices and curry leaves and sauté till it becomes light brown.
  6. Add in the chopped tomatoes and fenugreek and sauté till the tomatoes become pulpy.
  7. Add in the spice paste and over low heat, keep stirring it until the ghee separates. You will see ghee coming to the surface.
  8. Pour in the tamarind water. Add in salt and the drumsticks and let it boil for about 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency.
  9. Add in the prawns and the coriander leaves. Boil until prawns are cooked.
  10. Serve with rice or any kind of breads. 

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