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Absolutely delicious and easy South Indian curry. One of my husband's favorite dishes. Shrimp cooked in spiced, creamy onion and tomato-based gravy with a subtle coconut flavor. I have used Instant Pot® Duo Mini (the 3-quart size). Serve with rice or roti.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
30 mins
15 mins
55 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select the Saute function. Add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste, and fenugreek powder. Stir well to prevent burning or sticking to the pot. Add onion and tomato, along with salt and turmeric. Saute until onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons water, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander, and cumin into a paste in a small bowl. Add spice paste to the onions in the pot and stir well for 1 minute. Add tamarind and 1/4 cup water and stir to prevent burning or sticking to the pot. Cook and stir until oil starts separating out, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and cover the pot with the lid. Simmer 2 minutes more on Saute mode.

  • Add shrimp and stir well. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure and set the timer for 3 minutes. Allow about 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Select Saute mode again and stir coconut cream into the curry. Simmer until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt, if desired.

Cook's Note:

You can replace the Kashmiri red chili powder (bright color and less heat) with paprika. You can get them at any Indian grocery store.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 12.4g; fat 12g; cholesterol 127.7mg; sodium 818.2mg. Full Nutrition