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Tirunelveli Simple Prawn Masala

Prawns are a family favourite .Ever since we discovered, frozen deveined prawns in our local supermarket, I always try to have some in my freezer so that I can make this recipe quickly. This recipe is so simple and and so easy to make , goes really with curd rice, sambar rice or with rasam and rice that I make it when I am lost for ideas to make for dinner.

Ingredients :

250 gms Shelled and deveined Prawns

1 cup chopped Red Onion ,( I like to use shallots or pearl onions)

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 tsp Fennel seeds

1 tsp red chilli powder ( I use medium spicy)

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

a handful of chopped coriander leaves

2 sprigs curry leaves if available

a little less than 1/4 cup water

2 tbsps sesame oil

Salt to taste

Method :

Heat oil in a skillet.

Add the fennel seeds and curry leaves if available. Let them splutter.

Add the chopped onions. Let them become nearly caramelised.

Add ginger garlic paste, sauté till the raw smell goes.

Add the chopped tomatoes, sauté until mushy.

Add in all the powders, sauté until the raw smell goes and oil separates

Pour in the water, let it cook for a minute

Add salt

Add the prawns, let the masala coat over them and the prawns turn a little pink.

Cover and let it cook for a few minutes.

Cook until the prawn are well cooked but not over cooked

Then open the cover , increase the temperature on the stove, ( or flame to medium high) let the water evaporate a little and the masala becomes semi thick.

Garnish with coriander leaves .Serve.

Cook Book Scribbles

Keep track of how much water you add by adding a little at a time as the prawns release some water too when covered.

I also used dried curry leaves because I did not have fresh ones at hand.

Edited to add the video version as well

Fish · Recipes · Sea Food · Uncategorized

Onion Fish Fry

This is one of my mom’s special dishes .Its a personal  favorite.


King Fish 1/2 kg

2 Medium sized onions (cut lengthwise)

1 Tomato (Cut into cubes)

4 Green Chillies(slit)

2 Small pieces Cinamon

1/2 tsp Fennel

5 Cloves

5 Cloves Garlic

Corriander Leaves Curry Leaves a little

Oil enough for frying.

Ingredients fish fry

Make into a Paste

2tbsps Chilli Powder

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

1tsp Lime Juice

Salt to taste

Wash and Clean the fish pieces. In a bowl mix into a paste the ingredients given in make into a paste. Smear over the fish and keep aside foe 15 minutes.

Masala marinated fish filets
Heat oil in a skillet and fry the fish lightly and keep aside.

Lightly fried fish filets

In the same oil, add curry leaves, fennel , cloves, cinnamon, garlic, onion and sauté till the onion becomes slightly brown

Saute onion green chilli and spices
add tomatoes, coriander leaves, and salt and sauté a for few minutes.

Add in the tomatoes

Lower the flame .Place the fried fish pieces one by one arranging being careful not to break them. After a few seconds, turn them over slowly

Allow the fish to fry well

Do this for a few more minutes, till the fish filets are all evenly cooked. Serve .

.Fish fry

Cook book Scribbles:

Also is a great recipe to use up left over fried fish.