Iral Kara Kuzhambu / Shrimps in Tamarind Based Curry

Iral Kara Kuzhambu / Shrimps in Tamarind Based Curry

Also Known As: Roiyalu Pulusu. Iral Puli Kuzhambu. Chemeen Theeyal. Prawns in Tamarind Curry.


  • Small shrimps 1 cup
  • Pearl Onions 5-7 chopped
  • Garlic 5-7 cloves – crushed
  • Tomato 1 small – chopped
  • Tamarind milk 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder
  • Jaggery 1 spoon
  • Fresh grated coconut
  • Sesame oil 1 table spoon
  • Thallippu vadagam
  • Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
  • Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
  • Fenugreek seeds 1 pinch
  • Asafoetida 1 pinch
  • Dry chili 1 minced
  • Curry leaves few


  1. In a wide iron wok, heat about 1/2 table spoon of oil.
  2. Add the garlic, onions and keep frying. Now add tomatoes, cover and cook briefly.
  3. Further add salt, turmeric, chili and jaggery. Add shrimps and about a cup of water. Continue cooking over low heat without lid. Once the curry thickens, its done.
  4. In a separate pan, heat oil and add all the tempering spices, wait till they pop and splutter…now run the same over the curry prepared.
  5. Serve warm to go with plain steamed rice.

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17 Responses so far.

  1. GEETHA ACHAL says:

    My fav. kulambu…Love the click…

  2. divya says:

    Wow looks super irresistible and tempting..

  3. Suman Singh says:

    Looks yummy and delicious!

  4. Chitra says:

    looks very good.

  5. Anonymous says:

    where r the shrimps in this curry…sorry, but u didn’t mention adding them in any of the cooking steps. :P

  6. Nandini says:

    Wow! Mouthwatering dish.

  7. USHA says:

    Hmm…Yummy and aromatic receipe….

    Love the colour and presentation..

  8. Mouthwatering curry, spicy and tangy.

  9. wow…jaggery in shrimp curry ! surely try it sometimes :-)

  10. Malar Gandhi says:


    Thanks for taking time to leave this msg, duly noted…and edited:)

  11. Really want to try this recipe. Looks so good. Nice pics. YUM!

  12. Rachu says:

    I am a great fan of shrimp.. this one is really breathtaking.. loving the tamarind’s tanginess, cocnuty taste and everything about it

  13. Yummy iral kuzhambu! looks delicious!

  14. NIDHYA says:

    mmm finger-licking and mouthwatering kuzhambu.

    Aaha Oho

  15. Suhaina says:

    oh my… I cannot control myself…i am drooling here…perfect for my lunch..

  16. Yummy looking curry…

  17. Mouthwatering recipe,looks absolutely delicious.

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