prawn masala/shrimp masala

How to make Prawn masala/Shrimp masala recipe

Prawn Masala! Prawns/Shrimps cooked in a mouth watering gravy!

Prawn masala/Shrimp masala recipe

Difficulty:IntermediatePrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 30 minutesTotal time: 45 minutesServings:4 servings


This is a delicious Andhra-Style shrimp curry that tastes great with steaming hot white rice!


    Prawn marinade

  • Dry masala

  • For the gravy


    Prawn marinade

  1. To the prawns/shrimps add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Mix thoroughly and keep it aside
  3. Roasted masala mix for the gravy

  4. Set a pan on medium heat
  5. Add fenugreek (methi) seeds, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, black peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon sticks, bayleaf, and roast till the mixture turns aromatic (roast for approximately three minutes)
  6. Lower the heat and add dry coconut powder. Stir for approximately 30 seconds
  7. Transfer everything to a grinder jar
  8. Once it cools down, grind to a fine powder
  9. Stir frying the prawns

  10. Set a pan on medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of oil
  11. Add the prawns/shrimps in
  12. Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes (don’t fry them too long if not they will turn rubbery)
  13. Keep it aside
  14. Gravy

  15. Add a little more oil to the same pan and add cumin seeds
  16. Once they start spluttering add curry leaves and crushed garlic
  17. Stir fry the garlic for approximately 1 minute
  18. Add fresh tomato purée and a teaspoon of salt
  19. Mix well and place the lid on
  20. Let the gravy cook for five minutes and remove the lid
  21. Turn up the heat to medium and let the gravy reduce for the next 10 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  22. Now add in the dry masala mix, kashmiri red chilli powder, and mix well
  23. Add 1 cup of water and add salt to taste
  24. Add tamarind concentrate if you want the gravy to be more tart
  25. Mix well and add the prawns
  26. Place the lid, lower the heat, and let it cook for five minutes


  • Have this with steaming hot white rice with a teaspoon of ghee!
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