Prawns Masala Recipe
Recipe type: Main, Side
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
Prawns Masala Recipe is spicy, hot and tangy. This is my version of Prawns Masala Recipe.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For Paste-
  • 3 onion
  • 5 dry kashmiri red chilies
  • 3 spicy dry red chilies of any type (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander seed (dhaniya)
  • 1 t/s caraway seed (shahi jeera)
  • 1 t/s cumin seed (jeera)
  • 1 t/s fennel seed (saunf)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 7-8 pepper corn
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 2 stone flower (dagdaphool)
  • 1 tbsp poppy seed (khus khus)
  • 300 gm prawns de-veined and cleaned
  • 1.5 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 t/s salt
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 t/s turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • few mint leaves
  • 1 t/s raw mango powder (amchur)
  • salt as per taste
  • lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish (optional)
How to make the recipe?
  1. Marinate prawns with ginger-garlic paste, vinegar and salt for 10-15 mins.
  2. Boil onion and both variety of red chilies in water for 5-7 mins. Allow to cool and peel off the onion skin and chop them.
  3. Take 1 tbsp oil in a non stick vessel / pan and saute all the ingredients for the paste. Saute until they start leaving aroma.
  4. Combine fried spices, boiled onion and red chili paste into a grinder. Grind until all blends well add little water if required. The paste should be smooth and thick.
  5. Take the same non stick pan add rest of oil. Once oil is hot the grounded paste.
  6. Cover the mixture and allow to cook on medium heat. Fry for 3-4 mins or until the paste starts leaving the edges of the pan. Be careful not to burn the mixture.
  7. Add turmeric powder and sugar.
  8. Time to add the marinated prawns, salt and mint leaves.
  9. Mix all nicely and cook uncovered until the mixture gets dry and starts leaving oil around the edges. Sprinkle amchur powder and mix nicely. Switch off the gas.
  10. Squeeze some lime juice and serve the Prawns Masala hot with rice or roti.
1. Place the gas on low or medium heat throughout the cooking process.
2. Make the consistency dry or semi dry as per your preference.
3. Add less chilies if not fond of spicy food.
4. You could use any size of prawn with this recipe.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at