Simple Prawns as taught by Sonal, Nirmal’s secret recipe.

Simple Srimp

My best friend Sonal was here, she took 18 hours of long flight with 4 year old Nyla, just to meet me! Now Sonal has left. I miss Sonal. I miss Nyla. And I miss goan food. Not that we had too much of it but when did I need an excuse to miss food. Sonal’s mom Nirmal is one of the best cooks I have ever known when it comes to Goan food. Here is her secret shrimp recipe.

Simple Srimp


  • 2 cups peeled and deveined shrimps
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded fresh coconut, I used frozen. You just can’t use dried.
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4-5 finely chopped green chili peppers, you can do without green chilies, for less spicy version
  • 1/4 cup dried kokum, you can use other sour things as a replacement but wont get the same taste as kokum. It’s a key ingredient to this recipe. We tried it with green mango but didn’t turn out the same.
  • 1 tbsp oil


  1. Soak kokum in a cup of water and set it aside.
  2. Mix shrimps with turmeric, chili powder and salt and set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add onion, green chilies and coconut. Saute it for a while.
  4. Add shrimps to the mix and saute till shrimps are cooked.
  5. Finally pour kokum water and keep turning the mix till it is dry. Eat it with rice or just by itself. It’s yummy either ways.




One comment

  1. imarin khan says:

    Those look so yummy. You should seriously open your own restaurant!

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