Sungta Ambat - Prawns Coconut Curry

sungta or jhinge ambat
Sungta Ambat is a Konkani curry recipe of Shrimps/Prawns in a mildly spiced coconut sauce.  This coconut gravy is called as Alle Kande Ambat in Konkani.  Just like prawns, any fish can also be cooked in this sauce.

Prawns/Shrimps/Sungta/Jhinga - 1 pound
Shredded Coconut (fresh or frozen) - about 1 1/2 cups
Coriander Seeds/Dhane - 1 1/2 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 5
Green Chillies - 2
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger/Alle (finely chopped) - 1 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind/Chinch/Chincham - 1/2 tsp

How to cook Sungta or Jhinga Ambat:
1. Clean the prawns by removing the shells and the black vein.  Wash the prawns well.  
2. Heat about 1 tsp oil in a pan.  Add coriander seeds and red chillies.  Roast at low flame till coriander seeds slightly darken and turn aromatic.
3. Grind coconut, roasted coriander seeds, red chillies, tamarind, turmeric and salt to a fine or slightly coarse paste.
4. Finely chop onions, ginger and slit the green chillies lengthwise.
5. Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan.  Add onions, ginger and green chillies.  Saute till onions turn soft.  Now add cleaned prawns and saute for a minute or so.  Cook it covered till prawns are cooked.  Lastly, add the ground coconut paste and bring it to a boil.  Cook it covered till you get the desired consistency.  Serve Sungta Ambat with hot steamed rice.


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