Prawns Masala or Kolambi Masala Recipe, How to make Prawns Masala | Prawns Recipe
Recipe type: Main
RecipeCuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
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Serves: 3-4
Easy Prawns Masala or Kolambi Masala a spicy, tangy and hot in taste. Prepared mainly with prawns, onion, tomatoes and spices.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 cup onion julienne (pyaz)
  • 10-12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 3-4 green chilies (hari mirch)
  • ½ cup tomatoes chopped lengthwise (tamatar)
  • ½ cup potatoes peeled and chopped into square or cubes (optional) (aloo)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp coriander seed powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp malvani masala powder or bottle masala powder
  • 3-4 garcinia indica (kokam or kokum)
  • ¼th cup chopped coriander leaves (dhaniya)
  • salt as per taste
For marination:
  • 250 gm of medium sized to small sized prawns de-veined (jhinga / kolambi)
  • ¼th tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • salt as per taste
How to make the recipe?
  1. Firstly wash prawns de-vein them.
  2. Marinate them with turmeric powder and salt. Allow to rest for 10-15 mins.
  3. Heat oil in a deep and wide bottomed pan.
  4. Once oil is hot fry the marinated prawns until they change color. Don't fry them too much as they cook very fast. Remove the prawns and place aside.
  5. In the same oil add garlic and saute for a minute.
  6. Add ginger and saute for 30 seconds on low heat.
  7. Now add onion julienne.
  8. Also add curry leaves and keep stirring.
  9. Time to add green chilies.
  10. Saute until onion changes color to light brown. Keep stirring in between.
  11. Add the tomatoes and keep stirring.
  12. Put all the spice powder and mix nicely.
  13. Add the chopped potatoes now if using them and also add kokam.. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender. Keep checking in between if the mixture is drying then add little water and cook.
  14. Once the potatoes are cooked add prawns.
  15. Cover and cook for a minute more. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  16. Switch off the gas and serve your kolambi masala with rice or chapatis.
1. It's important not to over-cook the prawns as they tend to taste rubbery if they are over-cooked. So always add prawns towards the end.
2. Alter spice as per your preference as this is spicy recipe.
3. If you do not have kokam at your house then squeeze some lime juice or add raw mangoes for the tang.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at