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Shrimp Kebat

Simple and delicious side made with shrimp, Kebat spices. Unique stir fry you can only find in Burmese household.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Burmese
Servings: 4 serving
Author: Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy)


  • 16-20 jumbo shrimp
  • 2 teaspoon Fish Masala / Madras curry powder
  • 1 thai chili
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Roma tomatoes each cut into 6 to 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind water
  • Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Kebat spice mix
  • Kebat spice mix
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  •  For Kebat spice mix first crush the cardamom seeds along with cumin seeds in mortar and pestle to coarse powder. To this add salt, and rest of ingredients and mix well.
  • In a bowl or Ziploc bag marinate shrimp with fish masala/curry powder, fish sauce, ½ tablespoon Kebat spice mix and salt. Keep aside at room temperature while you are making other ingredients.
  • In a pan heat oil and add chopped onion and cook until it changes the color. Then add half of tomato wedges and cook until it softened. Then add ginger, garlic and rest of Kebat spices and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and cook with stirring in between until it done. Then add the sliced onion and rest of tomato wedges cook for 1-2 minutes. The onion should be firm and crisp. Finally add tamarind water or lime juice. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy with bowl of rice.
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