White Gourd and Dried Shrimp Curry

This is a traditional Mauritian dish that combines the saltiness of dried shrimp and the sweetness of white gourd in a delicious and mild curry sauce


  1. 1 medium white gourd
  2. 200 grams dried shrimp
  3. 1 small onion, sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  5. 3 curry leaves
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  7. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  8. 2 tablespoons curry powder
  9. 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves
  10. 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions
  11. Salt
  12. 2 tablespoon oil
  13. Water


  1. Soak the dried shrimp in water for about 1 hr
  2. Peel the white gourd, remove seeds and cut into cubes
  3. Heat oil in a non stick pan
  4. Add the shrimp and pan fry on medium heat for about 5-8 minutes, remove and put aside
  5. In the same pan add the onions, thyme and curry leaves and stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the curry powder and add a little water and the cubed white gourd and mix well
  7. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook for about 5 minutes
  8. Add the shrimp and season with salt
  9. Add a little water, cover and cook until the white gourd is soft
  10. Turn off the heat and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and spring onion

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