Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Prawn Masala...doesn't need a tag line!!!

Prawn Masalaeveryone has their own version and this is minethis was lunch todayall for me J

Prawn Masala


  • Medium size prawns, shells removed and cleaned, about 500gm
  • Finely sliced shallots or regular onions, about 2 cups
  • Tomato puree, 1-2 tbsp (optional)
  • Oil, 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds, ½ tsp
  • Sugar, ½ tsp (optional)
  • Coriander leaves, a few

For the marinade:

  • Cumin powder, 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder, 1 tsp
  • Fresh Garlic, grated/pounded, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Turmeric, ½ tsp
  • Vinegar, 2-3 tbsp


Mix all the ingredients mentioned under marinade. Add in the cleaned prawns, mix well and keep aside for half an hour.

Heat oil in a pan/wok/kadhai. Add in the cumin seeds. 

Add the onions/shallots and sugar (if using) once the cumin seeds start spluttering  and fry till the onions turn soft.  

Add in the tomato puree. Let it cook for a couple of minutes. 

Add the prawns with the marinade. Sauté for 4-5 minutes till prawns are cooked through.

Check for seasoning and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

You can skip using tomato puree, if you want  just sauté the onions till they nicely caramelised and golden brown. Add in the prawns and cook till done. 

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