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A very easy to make spicy prawn recipe made with red hot chillies and freshly grounded spices. Tangy, hot and spicy this one really tickles your sense of flavour.

I churned up this prawn recipe the very last moment when we spontaneously invited 2 non- red meat eaters for an impromptu dinner. Much as I love to have people over and cook for them it also would have been good had I known what I was left in my fridge as I had not been shopping for a while. So during my salvation trip into the fridge I found out that I had no vegetables or chicken. I only had a single tomato and the last bit of yogurt left. Not much I could do with.

Thankfully, they liked prawns. Prawns and fish is something I like to keep stock of. Its such an easy protein to work with. Prawns is a family favourite of ours, even my 1 1/2 year old loves to munch on them. So when in doubt with dinner, I know prawns pasta will hit the spot. But our guests being Italian, wont be going ‘delizioso’ for sure !

Chilli Garlic and Prawns an Unbeatable Combination

The one thing that I knew I could do and was confident about the flavour combination was the use of chilli, garlic and prawns.

When in doubt simply sauté garlic in butter add prawns, a bit of chilli flakes, oregano, drop of honey or sugar to cut through the heat and finish with a squeeze of lemon. Voila what you have is an unmistakably delicious Chilli prawn dish which can go with rice, bread, pasta or simply as a snack.

Refuge In The Spice Drawer 

My next point of call was going into my spice drawer and make a quick calculation of possible combinations I could make. Thankfully I am mostly well stocked with spices especially whole spices so that was my saving grace.

My tip to you would be to keep few instant spice blends in your cupboard for a quick reach. It not only helps in making easy base sauces and dishes but simply saves you the trouble of raking your head to come up with one.

 You may be interested in reading about the benefits, buying, storing and uses of different spices  

Since I love to make my own blends, I am a bit partial to freshly made ones but the commercial blends are there for a reason and equally popular. Go ahead and try a few spice blends if you are not confident to make your own.  Our recommended product is this beautiful carousel with 8 spice mixes.

So the next time you get stuck with limited ingredients, adding a little spice will only Spice it UPP !!

Spicy Prawn Masala Recipe

Spicy Prawns Masala Recipe

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Prawns - 500 gms
Onions - 1, diced into small pieces
Yogurt - 3 tbsp
Tomato - 1, chopped
Curry leaves - 15
Sunflower oil - 4 tbsp
For the spice paste
Garlic - 5 pods
Whole red chillies (Fresh or dry) - 3 to 4
Pepper corn- 1 tsp
Coriander seeds- 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
*Ingredients Needed


Make the spice paste.
In a hot pan add all the whole spices listed under the spice paste category. This includes garlic.
Stir and dry roast the spices for about 1 minute until all the spice change in colour and emits a string robust smell.
Remove from fire and grind it into a semi coarse powder.
Keep aside for later use.
Make the base
Heat oil in a pan.
Add onions and sauté till it turns translucent.
Next add chopped tomatoes and continue to sauté till it becomes soft and pulpy.
Now add prawns to the onion tomato and mix it well. Sauté for about 3 minutes.
It’s time to add the spice paste to the prawns and coat it well with the spices and continue to sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
Add yogurt and curry leaves, mix well cover and cook until most of the moisture evaporates and the prawns are well cooked.
Serve hot with plain boiled rice or paratha.