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Masala Prawns

Dry Spiced Prawns

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info LACTOSE-FREE
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

A quick and delicious spiced prawn dish, fresh and light with a zing of lemon

Hari says

Prawns are a loved ingredient all over southern India, either in a sauce as a main dish or as a tangy snack on their own. I threw this version together one night in an attempt to impress my husband-to-be as it's perfect for sharing (and you can eat it with your fingers - much less formal and more fun... and he married me so it must've worked).

Anyway, it's really important you use the freshest, sweetest prawns, and then you simply toss them in the special selection of spices then cook quickly with garlic, chilli and mustard seeds. Light, delicious, tangy, and sweet. You'll love it.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g prawns
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, crushed
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 chilli, sliced
  • Juice from a lemon


  1. Wash the prawns and pat dry with some kitchen roll.
  2. Crush the coriander and cumin seeds.
  3. Sprinkle the prawns with turmeric, chilli, coriander, cumin, salt and mix well.
  4. Heat the oil in a wide based pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds. Just as they sizzle add the sliced garlic and fresh chopped chilli.
  5. Quickly stir in the prawns, reduce the heat and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice and toss to coat the prawns.
  6. Once pink and cooked through (another minute or so) throw in the fresh coriander to serve.

Served with

This prawn dish needs a good squeeze of lemon juice and fresh coriander and is lovely with fried pooris or with some rice. I like to cook a few as a finger food starter.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)3.2
of which saturates (g)0.3
Carbohydrates (g)0.2
of which sugars (g)0.1
Fibre (g)0.0
Protein (g)16
Salt (mg)1.0
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (8)

  • Maya


    14 September 2020 at 13:54 |
    Hiya, I want to cook these alongside some other dishes! Would you say it works to re-heat this? Or only cook fresh to serve! Thanks.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      27 October 2020 at 19:30 |
      Hi Maya - I would cook them fresh just get it all ready and fry off at the last minute.


  • Margarita


    09 August 2018 at 17:42 |
    Disappointed that the method for recipes are no longer available


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      10 August 2018 at 09:33 |
      Hi Margarita - this is now fixed! sorry


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      09 August 2018 at 17:56 |
      Hi Margarita - It should be! I have just checked and it seems that you are correct! I will get this sorted out asap - sorry bear with me. Hari


  • kevin


    15 August 2015 at 20:47 |
    Hi Hari

    Simply put, quick easy and delicious, even with frozen raw prawns.

    Thankyou for sharing.


  • Hari


    17 October 2014 at 19:32 |
    So glad you enjoyed it - let me know what you try next!


  • Andy Barber

    Andy Barber

    17 October 2014 at 19:22 |
    Tried this recipe tonight: awesome. Simple, quick and so tasty. Drizzled it over some roti! Can't wait for tomorrow to try another recipe! Keep them coming, Hari.


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