Saturday, 23 March 2013

Shrimp Masala

Shrimps are so versatile & they taste good however you make them. A simple salt & pepper also will bring out a nice taste. Well shrimps are smaller prawns & they are tastier than the bigger ones. In India we mostly get Shrimps & in Singapore these are not very common. Its easier to get the dried shrimps here than the fresh ones. Fortunately the wet market near to  my new place has them every time I visit. Whenever I go there I pick like about 2 kgs & stock them in the fridge. Since these are so easy to cook, I make them whenever I want to make some quick meal. This one is so easy & can be done under 10 mins. BTW chemeen in malyalam means Shrimps. since I have mostloy used south Indian spices for this preparation, I named it Chemeen Masala.

Serves: 3 people
Cook time: 10 mins

  • 1 cup of cleaned shrimps (1/2 kg)
  • 1 tbspn souf (whole jeera)
  • handful of curry leaves
  • 1 Tspn red chili powder
  • 1/4 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1/4 Tspn of pepper powder
  • 1 Tbsp coarsely ground ginger garlic pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 Tspn lemon juice
  • 1/4 Tspn sugar
  • Salt as per taste

In a pan add oil, fry ginger garlic, sauf, curry leaves for less than a minute, Now add in chili powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder fry for 4 seconds on very low flame, Now  add in the shrimps & fry them for about 3 to 4 mins or until the water is drained off. Add lemon juice & some curry leaves to garnish.

  • Do not over cook the shrimps. Maximum cook time will be 5 mins


  1. Ohh this looks good - we love shrimp and the flavors you use sound wonderful!
    Mary x

  2. Woow tempting masala. first time your blog am following u . glad if u will follow me back.

  3. I too feel shrimps (the small ones) taste much much better than the prawns..... N I miss them sooooooo much here. You are lucky. Chemeen masala is a favourite

  4. G'day! Your recipe and photo look delicious, TRUE!
    I have now put this on my list to do!
    Cheers! Joanne


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