Koliwada Prawns Curry

First let me tell you something about Koliwada. Koliwada refers to a colony of Kolis (fishermen) in India specially in Maharashtra. Several places named Koliwada are located across the Mumbai city in India. A machhi market or you can say fish market is usually located near the entrance of Koliwada locality. So these people have there own speciality in fish recipe's...... I have learned this recipe from one old machhi market lady, I generally ask her about the recipe and she was so happy to tell me....really she was a darling. Anyway so all...  here I am sharing my favourite Prawns ( Jhinga ) curry in Koliwada Style.


Ingredients :-----------------------------

  • 1 kg:--------------------- Medium Prawns.
  • 8-10:--------------------- Peeled Garlic cloves (finely paste)
  • 2" :------------------------ ginger (finely paste)
  • 2 tbsp:-------------------- fresh lemon juice.
  • 5-6 :---------------------- Kokum.
  • 2:-------------------------- Big tomato's (boiled and chopped).
  • 2 :------------------------ Big onion's (boiled and make a fine paste)
  • 1 cup:------------------ Coconut.
  • 6-7 :-------------------- Dry chilli's (soaked in 2cup warm water)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp:------------- Malvani masala (if you dont have malvani masala you can use any fish masala)
  • 1 tbsp:------------------ Red chilli powder (mix in 3tbsp of water)
  • 1 tsp:-------------------- Coriander  powder.
  • 1tsp :--------------------- Sesame seeds.
  • 1tsp:---------------------- turmeric.
  • 2-3 :---------------------- Tamarind
  • 9-10  :------------- Curry leaves.
  • 1/2 cup :------------------ Coriander leaves.
  • 2-3 tbsp:-------------------- Oil.
  • 1 tsp:---------------------- Sesame oil.
  • Salt to taste.


  • Clean your prawns and wash them in running water.
  • Add 1tsp of  salt, 1/2 turmeric, ginger garlic paste, kokum, lemon juice and 1tsp sesame oil, mix them properly and keep aside by covering them for 1 hr.
  • Meanwhile in a blender blend coconut, soaked red chilli's, coriander powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tbsp malvani masala and blend it with adding little amount of  water to make a smooth paste.
  • In a big kadai add oil as the oil gets hot add prawns (don't put kokum), stir them for 3-4 mins remove prawns in the same bowl.
  • In the same kadai (wait for 2mins till the oil gets hot again) add sesame seeds, 3-4 curry leaves then add boiled onion paste, as it stared changing the colour add boiled chopped tomato's and red chilli powder paste (which we mixed in water) stir for 4 mins or till they release the oil.
  • Then add  coconut mixture, tamarind and stir nicely so they mix well, stir for another 5mins.
  • Then add water about 2 cup's (its depend on how much thick you want).
  • Boil the curry in low flame for 5-7mins then add prawns and kokum.
  • After 2-3 mins add remaining curry leaves by mashing it with hands, then add remaining Malvani masala and chopped coriander if required add salt keep in low flame for 3-5 mins.
  • And your Koliwada Prawns Curry is ready to eat.
  • Usually this curry goes yummy with Rice Roti and Stem Rice.