Prawn gravy | Prawn thokku | Spicy Prawn masala

Spicy prawn gravy one of my favorite recipe. Learnt from my mom usually she keep this with dal and rasam. This spicy prawn gravy can be had with rice, chapati, idly or dosa, it goes well with all the dishes. And it tastes more the next day. There are different methods in doing this prawn gravy but this time I marinated the prawns and fried separately before adding it to the gravy. Marination is done so that the masala gets deep inside the prawn so the gravy tastes good with the juicy and spicy prawns.


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Prawn gravy
  1. Clean 1 kg prawns remove excess water and take in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste to the cleaned prawns.
  3. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  4. Add 3/4 tbsp chilly powder
  5. Add 1 tsp coriander powder
  6. Add 1 tsp pepper powder.
  7. Add 1 tsp Ajwain or omam
  8. Add 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  9. Add 1 tsp salt.
  10. Mix everything well
  11. Add one more tbsp chilly powder. adjust spice level.
  12. mix till masala coats well. Marinate till half an hour or more.
  13. In a pan add 1 tbsp oil.
  14. Add marinated prawns and fry. It leaves water, strain the water and keep aside to use in gravy.
  15. Fried prawns are ready transfer to a plate.
  16. Now in a earthen pot add 2 tbsp oil.
  17. Add 1 onion chopped and fry till transparent.
  18. Add few curry leaves
  19. Add spices 2 bay leaves
  20. Add 2-3 cloves
  21. Add cinnamon sticks saute well.
  22. Add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste.
  23. Add 1 tbsp chilly powder.
  24. Add 1 tsp coriander powder
  25. Saute everything well.
  26. Add 4 chopped tomatoes.
  27. Add 1 tsp salt and stir well.
  28. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
  29. Once the tomato becomes mushy.
  30. Add the prawn stock to the gravy.
  31. Mix well and boil for 5 mins.
  32. Once the gravy becomes thick add the fried prawns.
  33. As already the prawns are cooked it takes less time to cook now.
  34. Check spice level and adjust do not add chilly powder now. Add only pepper to adjust the spice level.
  35. Adjust salt.
  36. Cook till the gravy binds well with the prawns. Takes less than 3 mins. Do not over cook prawns it will become hard.
  37. Prawn gravy is now ready to serve. It goes well with rice, chapati, idly or dosa.
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