How to make Yera Poondu Masala -

Another gem from Kerala –this prawn curry has a predominant flavour of garlic

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) , Lemon juice

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Yera Poondu Masala

Yera Poondu Masala Recipe Card


The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Yera Poondu Masala Recipe

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) 36-40

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Coriander seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Black peppercorns 10-12

  • Garlic 30 cloves

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 6 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Green chillies slit 4

  • Tomato chopped 1 medium


Step 1

Shell, de-vein and wash the prawns thoroughly. Marinate with lemon juice and salt.

Step 2

Heat a pan and dry roast four red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and black peppercorns along with ten cloves of garlic.

Step 3

Grind to a smooth paste with little water. Heat oil in a wide kadai and temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, remaining red chillies broken and curry leaves.

Step 4

Add the remaining garlic, onion, green chillies and masala paste. Sauté on high heat till the fat separates.

Step 5

Add tomato and continue cooking till the masala starts drying up. Add the prawns, toss well and cover with a tight fitting lid.

Step 6

Let it sweat on low heat, stirring frequently for about ten minutes. Open the lid and cook the prawns over high heat to thicken the masala. Add salt to taste and serve hot.

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