April 8, 2013

Sungta ambat recipe - shrimp curry recipe - how to make prawn curry

Sungta ambat recipe - Today I am sharing with you all a very delicious and flavorful traditional prawn curry of coastal karnataka. Prawn or  shrimp is cooked in various ways in konkan cuisine. The prawn curry  is known as sugta ambat in konkani and it is coconut based  spicy curry. The onions add an exotic flavor and the tamarind gives tangy taste to the curry.  Sometimes, I use kokum in fish curry which gives mild tanginess and unique flavor, but it is totally optional. This curry goes  exceptionally well with rice roti and hot steamed rice. This sungta ambat is absolutely delicious, spicy and it has inviting flavor.

Sungta ambat in a bowl
Sungta ambat recipe.

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Serves 3 . 

30 large sized prawns, shelled, deveined and washed
3 kokums (optional)
1 green chiily, chopped
oil 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

For the Masala Paste
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup chopped onions / 2 medium sized onions
14 cloves garlic
6 dry red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds, roasted
1 small lemon sized tamarind
½ tsp turmeric powder / haldi

Sungta ambat recipe
  1. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add the chopped onions, grated coconut and coriander seeds.Saute till the coconut become light brown. 
  2. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Remove from the flame and allow it to cool. 
  3. Add the red chillies, tamarind and turmeric powder. Put it in a mixer jar and grind to a smooth paste with sufficient water.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan and add  chopped green chillies, saute for a second. Add the masala paste and water. Make a thick consistency paste.
  5. Add salt and mix well. Bring the curry  to boil. Once the gravy boils, add the  prawns and cook till the prawns curl.
  6. Remove and set aside for 5 minutes. Serve  the sungta ambat hot with steamed rice or rice roti or akki rotti.  Even it goes well with chapathi.. 
Sungta ambat ready to serve


  1. love this creamy version of prawn curry.looks yum.

  2. Very delicious and yummy prawns.I have not tried any recipes with kokums. Will try the next time. Thanks for sharing...

  3. looks tempting n yummy!!

  4. Delicious..im craving for some

  5. wow....its getting cooked in my kitchen today...loved ur recipe version

  6. deliicous n Love to have vth rice..

  7. Want to have now.. Delicious..

  8. looks yummy and creamy...

  9. Delicious version,luks too gud...

  10. Thank you all for your lovely comments.


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