Raw banana and dry shrimp curry

I meant to post this raw banana and dry shrimp curry recipe a long time back, but couldn’t find the time to do so. Finally, I decided that it is now or never.

Raw banana (kelim) and dry shrimp (galmbo) curry is an all-time favorite in our house and everybody, except the youngest member, likes it. I believe it is one of those “traditional” curries that have continued to thrive in Mangalorean homes down the decades.

Here is how I make raw banana and dry shrimp curry.


1 cup grated coconut

3 – 4 dry chillies (I use a mixture of the long and short variety)

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

Half teaspoon cumin seeds

Half teaspoon mustard seeds

Quarter teaspoon fenugreek seeds

2 – 3 garlic cloves

A marble-sized ball of tamarind

Two raw bananas (the cooking variety easily available in the markets)

A fistful or two of dry shrimp (the smallest variety you can find)

Now let’s prepare raw banana and dry shrimp curry

  1.  Cut the bananas into medium-sized pieces and toss them into a pan of cold salty water.

2. Grind the coconut and the spices into a fine paste.




4. Dry roast the dry shrimp and remove the fine powder.


5. Now heat some oil in a big vessel and drop half a teaspoon of mustard seeds into it.

6. When they have stopped sputtering, drop the pieces of banana into the oil (don’t add the cold salty water).


7. Let the banana pieces fry for a few seconds and then add the ground masala.

8. Add water to get gravy of required consistency.

9. When the gravy gets hot, add the roasted dry shrimp to it.

10. Add salt to taste.

11. Bring the curry to boiling point before lowering it from the flames.


  • If you feel that oil will add to your waistline, skip the seasoning part of this recipe.
  • You can add some crushed garlic to the seasoning if you like.
  • If you feel that your curry needs more dry shrimp, simply roast some more and just add it to the curry.
  • Feel free to change the quantity of the spices according to your taste. For example, you can add more chillies if you like red hot curries.
  • Serve your raw banana and dry shrimp curry with hot rice and pickle.
  • Believe me, it’s delicious!!





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