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Crispy Curry Leaf Shrimp Appetizer with Tartar Sauce


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Crispy Curry Leaf Shrimp Appetizer with Tartar Sauce

  A new take on Crispy Shrimp  for your hors d’oeuvres / appetizers platter. Scented and flavored with a crispy curry leaf crumb coating and served with tartar sauce.  Pretty Crispy and Tasty! crispy shrimp appetizer

Crispy Curry Leaf Shrimp Appetizer with Tartar Sauce

Recipe Type: Starters / Appetizers
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 10
Total time: 20
Serves: 4


  • 12 large shrimp / prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh curry leaves
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp green chillies (mild) , finely chopped
  • ½ cup sweet potato flour OR urudh dal flour
  • 1 egg white at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp cornflour
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ – ¹/3 cup oil for shallow frying the shrimp

For the Marinade:

  • 3 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika powder or kashmiri chili powder
  • ¾ tsp salt – or to taste


  •  Marinate the cleaned, rinsed and drained shrimp with the ingredients for the marinade. Set aside.
  • shrimp appetizer - marinate
  • Heat 2 Tbsp of the oil in a small pan. Add the curry leaves to the hot oil and as soon as they crisper up, drain them from the oil. ( The curry leaves should remain a bright dark green color and not go brown)
  • shrimp appetizer.- add flour, egg white to marinated shrimp
  • Add the crisp curry leaves along with the finely chopped ginger and garlic to a microwave safe bowl.
  • shrimp appetizer. garlic, ginger, chillies minced shrimp appetizer. - add to minced ingredients
  •  Microwave for 2 minutes. ( Check after 1 minute, as temperature may vary – the ingredients should be extremely crisped without burning or browning).
  • shrimp appetizer. microwaved 2 minutes
  • Grind this in a small DRY coffee grinder or mixer to a nice  crumby powder.
  • Add  the sweet potato flour as well to this ground curry leaf powder. Mix with dry fingers till you get a nice even consistency. Sprinkle a little salt as well.
  • shrimp appetizer. ground and mixed with flour
  • Heat the remaining oil as well as the oil used for frying the curry leaves in a non stick pan.
  • Add egg white and corn flour to the marinated shrimp and mix well.
  • shrimp appetizer.- add flour, egg white to marinated shrimp
  • Dip the coated shrimp one by one, into the dry curry leaf/ flour and coat evenly.
  • shrimp appetizer. - coat in crurry leaf flour
  • Place in the pan of hot oil, flat and uncrowded. Fry undisturbed on medium heat for 3 minutes, when golden and crisp, turn over and fry the other side for 3-4 minutes. The coating should be a nice golden brown color. ( Make sure to fry on medium heat onl or the coating will burn before the shrimp gets cooked tender inside).
  • shrimp appetizer. -pan fried till crisp

Ingredients for Tartar Sauce:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp onion/ shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbsp pickle relish
  • 1 Tbsp mustard sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Put the egg white, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, onion, relish and mustard in a food processor or blender.
  • Process 15 seconds.
  • Drizzle in the oil, very slowly while running.
  •  The sauce will thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Best used within 24 hours.

Crispy Curry Leaf Shrimp Appetizer with Tartar Sauce

Try it and let us know – Crispy Curry Leaf Shrimp Appetizer with Tartar Sauce.

  • Once laid in the pan, it is important not to disturb till the coating sets, or the crumb coating will peel off  from the shrimp.
  • Instead of curry leaves you can try fresh basil leaves in the same way as well.
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