Non-veg curries/Gravys · Non-Vegetarian Recipes

Prawn Masala

Spicy Prawn Masala/Gravy for Beginners

I’am not a sea food lover and seer fish is the only sea food i eat. I’am very choosy and kind of lazy when it comes to sea food that i always prefer fish that are easy to bite and that doesn’t require me to put my effort in separating the flesh from the bones (hehehe ๐Ÿ˜› ). I happened taste Prawn briyani from a famous restaurant at chennai and there began my love for prawns.
The recipe i’am sharing here is so close to my heart as it is the first prawn curry i ever made. Also like many of my recipes it is very simple and can be made with ingredients that are always available in your kitchen.
Dish: Prawn Masala
Type: Sides/Gravy
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Required Ingredients:

  1. Prawns- 300 gms
  2. Onion- 2 large
  3. Tomato- 2 medium
  4. Green chilli-1
  5. Dry red chilli-3
  6. Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  7. Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
  8. Chilli Powder- 2 tsp
  9. Garam Masala- 1 tsp
  10. Dhaniya/Coriander seed powder- 1 tsp
  11. Cumin seed Powder- 1 tsp
  12. Sugar-1/4 tsp
  13. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  14. Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  15. Fennel seeds-1 tsp
  16. Fenugreek seeds- 1/8 tsp
  17. Salt- As required
  18. Oil-As required
  19. Coriander leaves- 10
  20. Mint leaves-10
  21. Lemon juice- 1 tsp


  • Clean and wash the prawns in tap water and add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, lemon juice and marinate.
  • Keep it aside for 20-30 minutes
  • Heat an utensil with 3 tbsp of oil and add chopped onions and green chilli.
  • Fry the onions until brown and grind it into a paste in a mixie.
  • Now add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies, fennel seeds,fenugreek seeds and temper.
  • Add the browned onion paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and saute until the raw smell goes off
  • To this add red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, cumin seed powder, garam masala, sugar and saute for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add chopped coriander and mint leaves and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, salt as required and mix well.
  • Once the gravy boils add the marinated prawns and mix once.
  • Cook on low flame for 10 minutes until the prawns curl up and become soft.
  • Once the gravy thickens a bit, remove it from the flame and garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve with roti, dosa or plain rice.



  1. Prawns get cooked fast so do not over cook as it would make them rubber-like and hard to bite.
  2. I like my gravy spicy so be cautious with chilli powder if you do not want it very spicy.

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