April 21, 2012

Prawns varattiyathu/Prawns masala


1. Fresh prawns(Large/medium)  - 350 gms

2. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
    Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
    Salt - 1 tsp

3. Sambar onion/Shallots - 10 to 12, peeled
   Ginger - 1 inch piece, peeled
   Garlic - 8 cloves,  peeled
   Green chilly - 1 or 2

4. Coconut oil - 2 tbsp (you may use any other oil too, but coconut oil adds a special flavour)
    Coconut cuts/thengakothu - 3 tbsp
    Curry leaves - 1 sprig
    Turmeric powder - a pinch
    Chilly powder - 1 tsp
    Coriander powder - 1 tsp
    Tomato - 1, chopped fine
    Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste
    Garam masala - 1/2 tsp or to taste(as taste of garam masalas vary from different brands)


1. Peel, de-vein and wash the prawns. Drain the prawns and marinate with ingredients listed as 2 for about 15-20 mins
2. Coarsely grind / crush together ingredients listed as 3 and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add the coconut cuts followed by curry leaves. When the coconut cuts turn light brown, add the ground/crushed ingredients and saute for a minute. Add turmeric, chilly and coriander powders and combine well. 
4. Add tomatoes and cook till mushy. Add a few tbsp of water and mix well.
5. Add the prawns and cover and cook for 5-10 mins. Open the lid and sprinkle pepper powder and garam masala. Saute for a few minutes on a high flame till the gravy thickens. You may add a tsp of coconut oil at this stage  for more aroma.

Serve with hot rice. Enjoy !
The Kerala Kitchen - April 2012 hosted by me. Please rush in your entries


  1. Nice and spicy prawn curry..I love prawns.

  2. too good ramya... love the presentation as well

  3. Omg, simply drooling over that platter, makes me hungry..

  4. Yummy n delicious prawn masala...

  5. yummy and delicious prawn masala.My all time fav prawn.

  6. hi ramya, glad i came here. your prawns look delicious. yummy with rice

  7. Yummy prawn masala n lovely presentation.

  8. I love prawns. This curry looks beautifully red and spicy!

  9. Nice spicy and super curry !!!!

  10. delicious looking shrimp dish wonderfully done

  11. super yummmy...thanks for sharing dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  12. I do have a soft spot for prawns. This masala looks wonderful!

  13. i would like to know the ingredients for home made garam masala for this particular dish.

  14. i would lie to know the ingredients for home made garam masala for this particular dish.


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