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Dec 11, 2014

Prawn Curry Recipe / Spicy Prawn Curry without Coconut

Prawn is hubby's favorite. Since many of my viewers have told me that i dont have much prawn recipes in my blog. I have started cooking with them and posting here.This is a simple prawn curry with no coconut. It is a onion tomato based curry and taste fantastic with rice or roti.

Still i have a prawn fry and a prawn biryani recipe waiting for you. So keep checking my blog. I served this curry with wheat kulcha and it was divine..

Hope you will try this out and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 to 40 mins
Serves : 3 to 4


Oil - 1 tblspn + 1 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small piece
Onion - 1 medium size sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 2 slit
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 1 medium size chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1 tblspn
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Coriander leaves - 2 tblspn finely chopped

To Grind:

Onion - 1 medium size
Tomatoes - 1 medium size

For Marinating:
Prawns - 15 to 20 medium size or big ones
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp


Mix all the ingredients given for marinating. Let it sit for 10 mins. Grind onion and tomato to a fine paste and set aside.

Heat 1 tblpsn oil in a pan and place the prawns in the oil and cook for 1 min on each side. Remove it to a bowl and set aside.

In the same oil, add in cinnamon and fennel seeds. 

Add in onions, green chillies and salt. Cook till golden.

Add in ginger garlic paste and mix well.

Add in tomatoes and ground onion tomato paste and cook till raw smell leaves.

Now add in spice powders and mix well.

Pour water. Once it comes to a boil, add in prawns and mix well. Simmer this for few more mins till oil floats on top.

Add coriander leaves and mix well.


Take all your ingredients

Take onion tomatoes in a blender

Make it into a fine puree
Take prawns in a bowl

add some salt and turmeric 

add in chilli powder

along with some ginger garlic paste

Mix well..Let it marinate for 10 mins

Heat oil in a pan

Place the prawns in and cook for a min

Flip over and cook for another min

remove to a bowl and set aside while you make the gravy
In the same pan, add more oil if needed

Add in cinnamon and fennel seeds

add in onions and green chillies

season with some salt

cook this till golden

add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min

add in tomatoes

Mix well

Now add in the onion tomato paste

mix well and cook till raw smell leaves from it

just like this

add in the spice powders

mix that well

add in water

mix again

bring it to boil

add in cooked prawns

mix well and simmer for a while

now you see oil floating on top so the curry is done

add coriander leaves and turn off the heat



  1. Helo aaarti ,love ur recipes!!! Loks so yummy....
    how do v identify if the prawns r cooked r nt?

  2. @AnonymousPrawns take just 5 to 6 mins to cook. It will curl and turn pink when cooked

  3. Thanks a good and healthy recipe

  4. Hey aarthi.. pls post the method of cleaning prawns..

  5. Will try this recipe with my super big prawn. However, I won't peel off the head and the scale. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Aarthi,
    My uncle was undergoing chemotherapy in hospital and was really sick of the terribly bland hospital food he was being subjected to. He came home today and asked if i could make him a prawn curry. Your recipe showed up in a google search and since it didnt involve coconut milk(which i dont have), i decided to go for it. I have never made prawn curry before and i just followed your recipe step by step. It came out absolutely fantastic! My uncle really liked it and i still cant believe that I made this with my own hands!! thanks for this fantastic recipe!


  7. Hi Aarti,

    Thanks for sharing a prawns recipe without coconut. was really taste and we all enjoyed a lot.
    hope u soon with more recipes......

    Sameer from Ireland


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