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East Indian curry with prawn and white pumpkin temprade

Pumpkin Prawn Curry - Prawn Temprade

This pumpkin prawn curry is the classic East Indian prawn temperad made with white pumpkins and large size prawns. This curry made with coconut milk and dry roasted fresh spices is rich, smooth, and delicious.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Anglo-Indian, East-Indian, Indian
Keyword Doodi, East-Indian recipes, prawn curry, pumpkin curry, White pumpkin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 186kcal



  • 250 grams Prawns Big
  • 250 grams White Pumpkin cut to 3-inch pieces
  • 1 med Onion finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Green chili slit in between
  • ½ cup Coconut milk grated
  • ½ cup Cilantro Coriander leaves


  • 3 pods Cardamom powder green elichi
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander seeds dhania
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds jeera
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 teaspoon rice or ½ teaspoon rice flour


  • Clean, skin, and devein prawns. Season them with salt and turmeic powder - set aside.
    Traditionally the prawn tails are removed, washed and ground into a smooth paste then added to the curry during saute (optional)
  • Peel, skin, and chop the white pumpkin to about 3 to 4-inch pieces.

Roast and grind masala

  • In a frying pan, dry roast the cardamom, coriander, cumin, red chilies, and rice - remove and add to a blender
  • Then dry roast the onions, garlic, and split green chilled - add them to the blender
  • Grind all these to a smooth paste using just enough coconut milk as necessary

Saute curry

  • To the same pan add the remaining tablespoon oil - fry the ground masala and turmeric powder until fragrant.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk and pumpkin pieces. (if necessary add ½ cup water)
  • Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until almost cooked.
  • Add the prawns and cook until both pumpkin and prawns are cooked.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1204IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 4mg