A Savory Meal – Prawns Dry Curry

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I was enjoying a cooking show the other day when the chef mentioned how people dislike having prawns due to its smell. It made me wonder if these people are for real. I fail to understand people who dislike prawns, it’s like my mind fails to register them. I mean how can anyone dislike Prawns. They are almost every non-vegetarians delight. It tastes like magic, so succulent, and luscious.

Moreover, it can be cooked in myriad ways! Still didn’t get my love for Prawns? I LOVE THEM! Want to win my heart? Get me prawns!

As a Maharashtrian kid who grew up eating different delicacies of Prawns, I can never have enough of Prawns. So, as new year rolled in I decided to make what I make the best – Prawns Dry Curry.

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After having tons of regional and international cuisines of Prawns, I realized there were so many reasons to adore this delicious sea food. For me, it simply doesn’t matter the way my Prawns are cooked. The fact that a dish has prawns in it is enough to make me ecstatic. I have to eat every dish with prawns in it.

My mother has made all kinds of prawns since my childhood, but I absolutely adore what my granny made for me. It was this dry curry. She made it with so much love and care that nobody could match her recipe. You could eat this dry curry with roti, naan, chappati, bhakri or simply with rice. As I’m cutting down on Gluten, I ate it with rice. This prawns dry curry is made with lots of onions, tomatoes, curd and an egg. Yes, an egg!

As new year came by, I suddenly craved for this dry prawns recipe. We had used all our non-veg raw material, and there were no prawns to carry out this recipe. My visit to the local market on the first Sunday of the new year turned out to be a total bliss. I came across some lush and meaty prawns, plus they were cheap! I had to buy them. I cannot justify in words how happy these prawns made me feel. I did a minion dance on seeing them, of course in my head.

So, after coming back home happy and content with my buy, I started on the recipe instantly!

This prawns dry curry takes very little preparation, and still is one of the best prawns recipe you would indulge in your life. Try this recipe and give your new year’s a delighted start!



Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 3 to 4 people


15 to 20 medium sized de-veined Prawns

Olive oil

Crushed garlic

4 to 5 sliced onions

2 green chillies, chopped

1 red chilli, roughly broken into pieces

Finely chopped onions

Turmeric powder

Red Chilli Powder

Coriander Powder

Garam Masala

Bottled Masala (Every Maharashtrian has an unique bottle of masala)

Half cup curd

Salt & Pepper to taste

Finely chopped Coriander leaves


Start with heating olive oil in a thick pan. Add 2 tbsp of crushed garlic to the pan, let it cook for 2 minutes on low heat. Ensure that you don’t burn the garlic.

After your garlic is done, add finely chopped onions and let them cook for good 5 to 7 minutes / till they become translucent. Add chopped chillies to the pan, and stir this well for about 20 seconds.

Make a small space in the middle of the pan, add a tbsp of oil (if necessary) in the small space. Once the oil is hot enough, add the powdered spices as per taste. To my recipe I added 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, 2 tbsp of red chilli powder, 1/2 tbsp of corriander powder, 1/2 tbsp of Garam Masala, and 2 tbsp of Bottled Masala.

If you don’t have bottled masala, you can use Chicken Masala or Tandoor Masala for variation of taste.

Let the masala cook for 4 to 5 minutes on low heat.

Once the masala seems done, add chopped tomatoes and let them cook for another 3 to 4 minutes on low heat. Make sure you cover your pan to aid cooking faster.

It’s time to add the prawns! Add your prawns along with half cup curd to this red hot concoction and sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. Mix this well and let it cook until the prawns are done. This will take good 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat.

This is what my grandma made me. Simple prawns dry curry. Add chopped coriander leaves to this and you’re good to go!

But, there is more to my version. After my prawns are done, I turn up the heat to high and add an egg to the pan. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on this and stir this well for a minute. Turn the heat to low, add some chopped coriander leaves and let it cook for a minute.

Turn off the heat once done and enjoy this prawns dry curry with rice!

You can obviously enjoy this with roti, or bhakri, or any kind of flat-breads.

Enjoy your meal!

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