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Prawns Masala

 Published 2013-Jun-13   Updated 2020-Aug-10

- submitted by Dahlia

(Eral Thokku, Shrimp Masala)

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This recipe is a basic Prawns Masala recipe made with onions, tomato, ginger, garlic and few spices. This is also known as Eral Thokku in tamil. It can also be made with Shrimp. The final dish is so delicious. It goes well with rice or roti.

Prawns cooks very fast and also has lot of water content in it. The trick to making this dish dish perfectly is by cooking the masala very well before adding the prawns. That way the liquid from the prawns will just be perfect. If not, the whole masala will become watery. If you try to dry up the liquid, the prawns will get overcooked and rubbery.

Recipe For Prawns Masala

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 3-4


  • Prawns (or Shrimp) - 1 lb (about 1/2 kg)
  • Onion - 2 (chopped)
  • Ginger - 1" piece (minced)
  • Garlic - 5 cloves (minced)
  • Tomato - 1 big (or 2 small chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 or 2 tsp (adjust according to your taste)
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Lemon Juice - few drops
  • Oil - 1 tblsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander Leaves (Cilantro) and Lemon wedge - for garnish


  1. Clean the shrimp (or prawns) and devein them.
  2. Add little salt, pepper powder and lemon juice. Let this rest and marinate till you prepare the other stuff.
  3. Take a frying pan and add oil to it. Splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  4. Add the onions and saute till it turns golden brown. Add the finely chopped ginger and garlic.
  5. Add the chopped (or pureed) tomato. Cook till the tomatoes are totally mashed up.
  6. Mix the dry spice powder - turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and garam masala. Let it cook till oil separates from the masala.
  7. Add the prawns and mix for 2 minutes so that all the prawns will coated with the masala.
  8. Add very little water and required salt. You can made a dry prawns (or shrimp) masala by cooking on low heat without adding any water. Adjust the water as per your requirement.
  9. Cover and let it cook for about 10 minutes till all the prawns curls up into a 'c' or 'O' shape. This is an indication that it is done.
  10. Garnish with cilantro and a lemon wedge and switch off.

Spicy prawns masala is ready to server.

Prawns Masala

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Comments (10)

Person   ()
I have to say thank you. I tried you recipe. It's delicious. I just made a few tweaks eg adding kafir lime leave and lemon grass and some onion leaves. Worked so well. Thank you. I will definitely do this recipe again.
Person   ()
Awesome... Thanks for sharing all your tweaks.. May be others will be interested in trying out too.
Person   ()
Fantastic recipe. I've used this for prawn as well as calamari, and it works well for both. I used sunflower oil to start and then added a bit of coconut oil after adding the spice powders for that amazing taste and smell.
Person   ()
Awesome. Thanks for sharing your tips.
Person   ()
Thank you for this wonderful recipe. The shrimps come out with a great flavor and very tasty.
Person   ()
Thank you for your comments. Happy to know that you liked the recipe.
Person   ()
Dear sir,

I am shankar i have good quality of ELACHI { in tamil elakai } if need in bulk please condut me.

Person   ()
Made this and it tasted great. Thanks for sharing.
Person   ()
Great!! Enjoy!!
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