Dec 19, 2013

Prawn Masala / Spicy Prawn Masala / Shrimp Masala / Masala Shrimp

Many of my viewers requested me to post more prawn recipes, since this blog had only one recipe using prawns. I made my prawn fry a year back and it came out pretty good. Now i made a masala style prawn recipe and it was yummy. My next plan is to make a prawn gravy, my aunty makes the best prawn gravy, i should ring her soon and ask for the recipe..

Now when talking about this recipe. This is a quick recipe which can be made in less than 30 mins. Actually prawn takes only few mins to cook. But the making of masala take a little time and the balance of the flavour and taste should be perfect. So please try it and let me know how it turned out..

Preparation Time:  15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves : 4


Oil - 3 tblspn
Prawn / Shrimp - 250 grams cleaned
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp
Cardamom / Yelakai - 2
Onion - 1 large chopped finely
Green Chilli -1 slit
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomato - 2 medium chopped finely
Salt to taste
Water - 1/2 cup 

For Marination:
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Take cleaned prawn in a bowl, add all the marination ingredients in it and mix well. Let it sit for 10 mins.

Now heat oil in a kadai. Add the marinated prawns and toss well in the oil. Let it cook for 5 to 7 mins till it is cooked, turns pink and curls. Remove the prawns alone in a bowl leaving any of the juices in the kadai.

Now let the juice bubble up and reduce for a couple of mins. Now add in cinnamon, fennel seeds and cook for a min.

Add in onions, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for 5 mins or so.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and mix well for a min.

Add in salt and all spice powders and mix well for a min.

Add in tomatoes and mix well. Cook covered for 5 mins or so on a low heat till it turns mushy.

Now increase the heat and add some water and mix well.Cook this for a min.

Add the cooked prawns and mix well. Cook for 5 mins or so.

Serve with rice or roti.

Take all your ingredients

Take cleaned prawns in a bowl

Add in ginger garlic paste

Add in salt and spice powders

mix this well and let it marinate for 10 mins

Now heat oil

Add the prawns and mix well

Cook this for 5 to 7 mins till it is done

Drain the prawns

Set aside in a plate

Heat the remaining juices

Add fennel, cardamom and cinnamon

Add in onions, green chilli and curry leaves

Saute till it turns golden

Add in ginger garlic paste


spice powders

Mix that around

Add in tomatoes

Toss well in the oil

Cover and cook

Cook till it turns mushy

Add a splash of water

mix that well

Now it has gone thick and oil has separated

Add the prawns back in

Mix well

Cook this for few more mins

And serve

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  1. looks wonderful happy holidays to you and family

  2. Wow...really mouth watering your cooking:) thanks for the share ya

  3. Great recipe. ...we just enjoyed the superb taste. So yummmy....U r a great cook.
    My husband dont like prawns that much but today I made this n he loved it a lot n asked me to make more. :-)
    I have tried some of ur recipes n it came out well n I got lots n lots of appreciation from my friends n family...
    Thankyou so much for ur recipes...waiting for many more mouthwatering recipes...:-)

  4. the dish wash was sooo tasty.... i love cooking and i am juz a beginner in kitchen... so i have tried some of your recipes and it turned out great.. thanks a lot for uploading these recipes.. u r a great cook !!!!

  5. Yummy !! Will make again for sures

  6. Excellent taste. I like ur way of posting recipe with practical . Very easy to make . Keep posting

  7. :-) jus tried it...yummy.. Thnx

  8. Hello...this looks really yummy...I will be trying it soon...just wanted to know if frozen prawns are used for this, will it be fine?

  9. @Rupalli Gursahaniyes u can use frozen, thaw them first and use

  10. Made this dish last night. My family loved it. Very simple to make and super tasty. Thanks.i am going to try one of your egg curries tonight...!! :-)

  11. akka i duno how to clean the prawns..pls tel me as im gona cook it for d 1st time..thanks:)

  12. @umamahijust remove the shells,Remove head. peel the skin, in the bottom, there will be a black vein remove that. Wash well and use

  13. Wow I tried this recipe today.. It's awesome and most demanded by my in laws... Thanks a ton for this post

  14. Hi!

    I made this today and it came out BRILLIANT! My husband loved it.. Said it tastes just like Karaokudi restaurent type ;)

    Thank youuuu :)

  15. Hi aarthi,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe... My husband loves prawns made this way...n me too. .now every weekend we buy prawns n the recipe is now by heart for me....

  16. it was yummy recipie i,i tried it yesterday all liked this recipie,thank madam for this delicious recipie.
    i added 2 tbsp of baffat masala together it tastes good..

  17. Dear Aarthi,
    Tried your recipe & loved it. Thanks for contributing such a wonderful recipe. I'm yet to try your other yummy recipes.

  18. Excellent receipe . Tried and tastes good.Keep rocking .

  19. Hi Aarthi.. Hv tried a couple of ur recipes abd they have turned out awesome.. Kudos yo u.. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes

  20. REALLY NICE ,,,,,,, my family enjoyed it and got appreiciation

  21. Hi dear.. I'm new to cooking... if I cooked anything it came out average only... my husband and my family members will use to kid me... my hubby is a prawn taster but I don't like prawns so I thought to do it for him by saw ur recipes.. and now it came out very well.. all r shocked in my family... its so fabulous... thank u dear

  22. Superrrr tasty thank you so much for sharing this recipe.please keep up the good work.

  23. Hi,

    Did you use gingelly oil?
    Also, can I add uncooked prawns directly to the masala and then cook it instead of cooking it first separately?


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