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prawn curry recipe
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prawn curry recipe, how to make prawn curry | prawn masala

A south indian style prawns curry recipe made using onions, tomatoes and coconut.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Curries
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Asiya


Sauteing prawns:

  • 250 gms prawns - clean and devein the prawns well
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt - to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Cooking the prawn masala curry:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 slit green chillies
  • 2 medium size onions finely sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 to matoes finely sliced
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted coriander seeds powder
  • 2 tsp coconut powder dessicated coconut or fresh coconut
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


Sauteing the prawns:

  • In a wok, add oil and heat it.
  • Add prawns, add salt and turmeric powder, mix well.
  • Saute the prawns until the water gets absorbed and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and rest the prawns aside for later use.

Cooking the prawns:

  • In a separate wok, add oil and heat it.
  • Add green chillies, add sliced onions and cook the onions until they turn soft.
  • Add salt as per taste, ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell of ginger garlic paste disappears.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mix well.
  • Add red chilli powder, roasted coriander seeds powder, mix well and cook the masala until oil leaves the sides.
  • Add coconut powder, mix well and cook the gravy for few minutes.
  • Add the sauteed prawns into the masala gravy, mix carefully and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water and stir well.
  • Add curry leaves, coriander leaves, mix well and cook the gravy on low flame for few minutes until oil appears at the sides.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve the prawn curry masala with steamed rice.


  • In this recipe I have added coconut in powdered form but if you have coconut milk then go ahead and add it instead of coconut powder.
  • Cleaning of prawns properly is a very important step mainly deveining the prawns bu can be avoided if one does no know how to do it.
  • Do not overcook the prawns as they tend to get harder if cooked for longer time.


Calories: 340kcal
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