Quick Masala Prawns

Masala Prawns is a great recipe as you can serve it as a starter or as a main course with rice or couscous. It can be made very quickly, even on a weekday after coming back from work and it tastes amazing!

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • Prawns (cooked) 250 grams—you can also use raw prawns but it would take longer to cook them.
  • Onion, finely chopped 1 large
  • Tomatoes, chopped 2 medium
  • Coriander leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic paste 1/2 tablespoon
  • Ginger paste 1/2 tablespoon
  • Whole red chillies, deseeded 2
  • Turmeric 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon
  • Paprika 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil 3 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Water 2 tablespoons


1. Coat the prawns with salt and turmeric.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan and saute’ the prawns until golden brown.

3. Add the remaining oil in a different pan and saute the onions until golden brown. In the meantime, grind the tomatoes and red chilles to a smooth paste.

4. Add the tomato paste, garlic and ginger paste, cumin powder, garam masala powder and paprika to the onion and cook until the oil starts to separate from the paste.

5. Add the prawns and coriander leaves to the pan, pour 2 tablespoons of water and cover it with a lid. Simmer for 10 minutes. Increase the flame and fry the prawns until dry.

6. It is ready to be served as a starter or with rice/couscous.

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