How to make Prawn Masala - A Chettinad speciality, prawns in traditional masala

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Jumbo prawns (जम्बो प्रॉन्स), Onions (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Prawn Masala

Hindi: jhinga
Favourite seafood? Prawns, prawns and more of prawns. A wide variety of small crustaceans, tiny relatives of the lobster, are known as prawns. Prawns are normally translucent when raw but get their distinctive pink or red colour on being cooked. one word of caution – if buying unpeeled prawns, smell for freshness and look for bright, shiny shells that have some spring left in them.

For more recipes related to Prawn Masala checkout Grilled Prawns With Rice. You can also find more Main Course Seafood recipes like Prawn Stuffed Pomfret, Chingri Macher Malai Curry, Malwani Kolambi Sukke, Mashli Gashi.

Prawn Masala Recipe Card

Prawn Masala

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawn Masala Recipe

  • Jumbo prawns shelled and deveined 12-15

  • Onions 1 1/2 medium

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 15-18

  • Ginger roughly chopped 1 inch

  • Garlic cloves 4-5

  • Dried red chillies broken 2-3

  • Tomato 1 medium

  • Freshly scraped coconut 1 tablespoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies 2

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Roughly chop onions.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add curry leaves and onions and saute till brown.

Step 3

Put ginger, garlic, dried chillies in a mixer jar. Quarter tomato and add to the mixer along with coconut, fennel seeds and 3 tbsps water and grind to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Add ground paste to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Put the prawns in a bowl, add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix well. Set aside to marinate for about 5 minutes.

Step 6

Slit green chillies without cutting through and add to the pan and mix well. Add marinated prawns and mix well. Cover and cook till the prawns are done. Add garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve immediately.

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