Prawn Curry with Bottle Masala

As I have mentioned in my Prawn Curry without Coconut post how flavorful is our homemade East Indian bottle masala which makes even the simplest food delicious..I know I have been asked by many friends and readers to post the recipe but somehow it escaped my mind I do have the draft ready but I needed some more stepwise pics and that's only possible when i make another batch of the masala which will only be somewhere around DEC or earlier in January cos That's the time we usually prepare it.
Well coming back to today's post this is a simple Prawn curry made with coconut it gets this beautiful colour because of the masala .You sure can add any fish masala or Malwani Masala to be precise which is close to bottle masala.

10-12 prawns cleaned

to grind to paste
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
7-8 garlic cloves
1 " ginger

other ingredients
2-3 potatoes
1 tbsp bottle masala /malvani masala/fish masala
2 tbsp oil
2 med sized onions sliced
1 tomato chopped
1 tbsp tamarind  pulp/as needed


  • Apply salt to the cleaned prawns and keep aside for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile grind together coconut,cumin seeds ,coriander seeds ginger and garlic  to smooth paste adding little water.
  • Heat oil ,add sliced onions and saute on medium flame till soft.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and saute
  • Now add in the ground paste and bottle masala  and mix well
  • Add the Prawns and give it  a good mix add water the potatoes and let it come to a nice boil.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes
  • Add salt if needed and let it simmer till potatoes are cooked.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and let it simmer for 2-3mins
  • Serve hot with rice/bhakris/chapatis I enjoyed it with some masala fried prawns.

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  1. the color is absolutely tempting!

  2. prawn curry is mouth watering

  3. OMG!!! truly I am drooling over here Gloria. Just tempting like crazy.

  4. Love the color of the gravy!It looks delicious

  5. Super tempting one and great combo..... :)

  6. Really mouth watering prawns masala

  7. Lovely gravy and very tempting prawns...yummm with rice!

  8. If we don't have fish masala, what can we use instead?

    1. you can use bottle masala if you can find it or malavani masala or koli masala....all these and even fish masala are easily available

  9. Where is the recipe for bottle masala?

    1. Its not posted can get it easily in any cold storage

    2. Its not posted can get it easily in any cold storage