Prawn Temperado (Goan Prawn and White Pumpkin Curry)
- 250 gms. large white Prawns (washed, shelled & deveined)
- 250 gms. White Pumpkin (peeled & diced into large chunks)
- 1 dry Kashmiri Chilli (remove stem & discard seeds)
- 1 cup fresh Coconut (scraped)
- ½ cup fresh thick Coconut milk (optional)
- 2 med. Onions (peeled & finely chopped)
- 2 fresh Green Chillies (slit)
- 1 tbsp. fresh Ginger (grated)
- 1 ½ tbsp. fresh Garlic paste
- 1 tbsps. dry Coriander Seeds
- 1 tbsp. Khus- khus (white Poppy Seeds)
- 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds
- ½ tsp. Turmeric pwd.
- A pinch – Sugar
- 2 tbsps. fresh thick Tamarind paste or 4 tbsps. freshTamarind pulp (extract)
- 4 tbsps. virgin Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil
- Salt to taste
Parboil the white pumpkin chunks in enough water until cooked and just tender. Use the pumpkin along with the water for the curry.
Toss the prawns with ¼ tsp. turmeric powder and set aside.
Heat oil in a pot; use a clay pot, if you have one.
Lightly sauté the chilli, coriander seeds and cumin seeds in oil.
Drain and place in a masala grinder along with coconut, ½ the chopped onions, poppy seeds, garlic and ginger.
Grind with enough water to a fine thick paste.
Rinse the jar with water and reserve for the curry.
In the same pot, first lightly sauté the fresh prawns till it turns to a pale pink. Drain and set aside.
In the same pot, fry the remaining onions till soft and translucent; then add and sauté the spice paste (masala) for a minute,
Add the reserved masala water and ¼ cup water to get sufficiently thick curry.
Add the remaining ¼ tsp. turmeric, tamarind paste or pulp, sugar and slit green chillies..
Give it a stir and let it come to a boil.
Now, add in the sautéed prawns, par boiled white pumpkin along with the water and again bring to a boil.
The curry should be sufficiently thick and not too thin. This depends on personal preference.
Add the coconut milk, if using. Adjust salt to taste. Give it a light stir.
Take it off the heat and allow the flavors to meld for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve with appams, neer dosa, sponge/set dosa, bread, steamed rice, Goan par boiled rice or sannas.