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Indian Shrimp Toast

Buttery bread topped with a quick fiery indian masala shrimp. A simple yet elegant appetizer. These toasts are so wonderful with some drinks for entertaining. They are just delicious with a blast of textures - crisp bread, succulent shrimp and fiery bite of green chillies. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Servings: 12


  • 6 slices white bread, sides removed or 12 baguette slices
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 4-5 curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2-3 thai green chillies, finely chopped (adjust to taste) bird
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 lb small shrimp
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2-3 tablespoon unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Lemon jice to taste


  • Drizzle oil on the bread slices and brown them for 3-5 minutes under a broiler till lightly browned .
  • In a pan or skillet, heat up the oil. Add onions, ginger and garlic to the oil all at once and saute for 2 minutes on medium heat. We dont want to brown these but the raw smell should go away.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and green chilies next along with the spice powders & sugar. On medium heat saute for 4-5 minutes, stir a few times in between to make sure nothing is sticking to the pan. Let cook till the tomatoes cook and become jammy and you see tiny oil bubbles on sides of pan. Add coconut milk and stir for 2 minutes. Dont dry out too much.  
  • Once the masala has cooked nicely, lower the heat and add the shrimp and salt. Gently mix so that all the shrimp is coated in masala and let cook for 3-4 minutes till the shrimp are white and cooked through. Dont rush cooking the shrimp else they will turn rubbery. You should have a saucy(not runny) masala coating the shrimp at the end of cooking.
  • Switch off the stove, mix in the lemon juice, chopped cilantro and bread crumbs. You can add a pinch of garam masala as well if you wish. 
  • Spoon the shrimp on toasted bread. Add few cilantro, green chillies or scallions and serve warm. 


  1. If you are using frozen shrimp, thaw them properly and make sure to pat them dry before adding to the pan. we dont want any extra liquid while cooking. 
  2. Add chilli flakes instead of green chillies if you wish. 
  3. You can temper the oil with ¼ teaspoon black mustard seeds as well at the start of cooking.