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Sri Lankan Shrimp Curry

A delicious spicy Shrimp Curry from the island nation of Sri Lanka.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Servings: 4
Calories: 419.21kcal


  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon red chile powder cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seed
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sri Lankan curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate


  • Toss the shrimp with the turmeric, 2 teaspoons of the chile powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add shrimp and flash fry them for a few minutes, just until they get a little color. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the fenugreek, curry leaves and onion to the pan. Saute until the onions are softened. Add ginger and garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the rest of the chile and the curry powder. Fry for 1 more minute.
  • Add coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add tamarind and mix well.
  • Return shrimp to pan and cook for a few minutes until cooked through, 1-2 minutes.


Calories: 419.21kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.51g | Protein: 18.84g | Fat: 34.21g | Saturated Fat: 17.55g | Sodium: 715.48mg | Fiber: 3.89g | Sugar: 2.4g
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