Prawn / Shrimp masala – Chettinad Style



Everyone in my family loves this prawn and crab, other than all the sea foods. So I try different recipes with prawn, one such delicious recipe was this Chettinad Prawn masala. This dish is a blend of all spieces and also it has a very good flavour. This can be served hot with steamed rice.


Prawn / Shrimp masala Chettinad style

Prawn / Shrimp masala Chettinad style


  • Prawn / Shrimp – ½ kg
  • Onions – 2 nos
  • Tomato – 1 ½ nos
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – a strand
  • Coriander leaves – a handful

   For Dry roast:

  • Red chillies – 5 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 3 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 “inch bark
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Peppercorns – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 2 tsp
  • Poppy seeds – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp


  • Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients given under dry roast and grind them fine paste by adding little water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Put mustard, blackgram, cumin, methi seeds and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Put the onions and fry them till they become transparent.
  • Put the tomatoes and fry them till they become mushy.
  • Pour in the grounded masala and fry till the raw smell goes off.
  • Put turmeric powder, salt and pour a cup of water, bring it to boil.
  • Put the prawns and cover with the lid.
  • Transfer it a bowl, when it thickens and the oil floats.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.



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