1/4 cup oil
1 cup diced yellow onion (1/4-inch dice)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 jalapeƱo or Serrano chile (finely minced, seeds and ribs optional, or more to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala (see website for recipe)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
3/4 teaspoon tumeric
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
8 curry leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups diced fresh tomatoes (1/4-inch dice)
1 1/2 pounds prawns or shrimp (peeled and deveined)