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Kolambi Rassa / Prawn (Shrimp) Curry

Kolambi Rassa
Friday is here and our weekend has started.  Weekend calls for some special food and our today's menu is a Marathi meal - Jwari Bhakri (Jowar flatbread) and a spicy sea food curry.  Rassa is a hot Maharashtrian curry, where both veggies or meat can be cooked.  Here is my take on the popular Kolambi Rassa, less hot and with a few shortcuts.

Prawns/Shrimps/Kolambi - 20 big
Lime Juice - 2 tbsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Red Onion - 1 big
Roma Tomatoes - 3 medium
Ginger - an inch piece
Garlic - 4 big cloves
Dry Red Chilies (Byadagi variety) - 2
Bay Leaf - 1
Meat Masala or any other seasoning - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander/Cilantro Leaves - few sprigs
Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp

How to make Kolambi Rassa:
  • In a mixing bowl, prepare the marinade.  Add lemon juice, chili powder, turmeric and little salt.  Mix well.  Add cleaned shrimps and coat them well.  Cover the bowl with a plastic food wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Julienne slice the onion and roughly chop the tomatoes.  Finely chop cilantro.
  • Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a pan.  Add onions and sauté until onions turn golden brown.
  • Blend sautéed onions, tomatoes, red chilies, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste.  Avoid adding water.
  • In the same pan, add about 1/2 tbsp oil.  Add bay leaf and sauté for a minute or so.  Add the ground onion tomato paste and sauté at low heat for a couple minutes.  Now add the marinated shrimps (discard the marinade) to the pan.  Saute for about 2 minutes.  Now add about 1/2 cup water, meat masala and little salt.  Cook it covered until shrimps are cooked.  Add more water if required.
  • Traditionally, Kanda Lasun Masala is used for this Rassa.  Since I didn't have it, I used meat masala.  You can use any other spice seasoning of your choice - Garam Masala, Chettinad Masala and so on.
Garnish Prawn Rassa with cilantro.  Serve with a flatbread or rice.  We love this curry with Bhakri, lemon wedges and raw onions.


  1. Fingerlicking shrimp curry,love to enjoy with some rice.


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