Even during festivals like Onam and vishu when the rest of Keralites stick to a vegetarian meal, fish is inevitable in the Malabar region specially Kannur.Yes we Kannur folks love our seafood :).
- Shrimp - 1 lb( about 1/2 kg)
- Chilly powder - 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
- Shallots - 5 (slice 3 roughly and slice 2 finely for tadka)
- Ginger - 1 inch piece chopped
- Garlic - 8 cloves chopped
- Curry leaves - 2 springs
- Dry red chillies - 2 broken
- Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Oil - 1 tbsp
- Cocum/Kudam puli or Tamarind paste - to taste
- Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
- salt - to taste
Grind the coconut with 1/4 cup water to a fine paste and keep aside.
Peel, de-vein, wash and drain the shrimp and add to a clay pot.
Add the roughly chopped shallots, garlic,ginger, chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt to taste, cocum/tamarind paste and 1 cup water to the clay pot and stir well.
Cook this mixture until the shrimp is cooked and absorbs the flavors( about 10 minutes).
Add in the ground coconut paste and enough water to make a semi thick gravy.
Bring to a simmer and adjust salt and tamarind to taste and turn the flame off.
Heat oil in a small pan and splutter the mustard seeds.
Add in the shallots and fry until it turns light brown.
Add in the dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
Pour this into the curry in the clay pot and keep covered for 10 minutes.
Mix the curry well and serve with rice.