Tawa Prawn Masala | Prawn Tawa Masala (Dry) | New Method, Unique & Succulent | Prawn Starter recipe

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Tawa Prawn Masala

Tawa Prawn Masala is a simple dry-versioned Prawn Masala that would surely let us drool. Prawns are absolutely a legendary element that can make any sort of curry more delightful. This simple Tawa Prawn Masala is tastier as the preparation technique pursued lends us the soft, juicy & succulent prawns on each bite.

The simple ingredients along with the flavoursome prawns do some sort of magic in the recipe. This Tawa Prawn Masala should be the keeper recipe that you can enjoy on weekends and to make any occasion more special. More than just a starter, the Tawa Prawn Masala serves as the best side for any flavoured rice like Jeera rice, Ghee rice or even Pulao. 

The flavour profile of ghee-roasted prawns, the garlicky hint, the tangy touch from the tamarind, and the heat from the red chillies, green chilly & the black pepper would be perfectly balanced to achieve the right taste in the Tawa Prawn Masala.

There lie many variations in the Tawa Prawn Masala, and I bet this is the best-tasting version of dry prawn masala that never fails to give the juicy, masala-infused prawns on each bite. Following certain steps can surely lead you to the best Tawa Prawn Masala recipe. So, go ahead to read the tips and tricks.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Marinate the prawns for at least 15 minutes so that the masala gets infused into the prawns.
  • Always roast the marinated prawns in the ghee since the ghee-roasted prawns would do the real magic in the dish.
  • Do not roast the prawns for a long time. Prawns just take 3 to 4 minutes to get cooked fully.
  • Since no tomatoes are used in the recipe, only the onions play a vital role in the masala. So, the more the onions, the more the masala would be.
  • Adding curry leaves and crushed garlic enhances the flavour profile of the recipe.

In my version of Tawa Prawn Masala, only the basic ingredients are used. An additional step of ghee-roasting the prawns make it more succulent with the masala getting infused into it. Though the marinated prawns could be added directly to the masala, roasting the prawns in the ghee really add wonder to your final outcome. So, the Tawa roasted prawns go into the Tawa cooked masala to  turn into a more tasty Tawa Prawn Masala. Having said that, I use non-stick Tawa for ghee-roasting the prawns, and Earthern Tawa to prepare the Tawa masala.

Furthermore, the outcome is the dry prawn masala. To make the masala semi-dry, sprinkle a little water to the masala, and allow to cook for a minute. The perfectly spicy and drool-worthy Prawn Tawa Masala is here just for you.

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⏲ Preparation Time: 25 minutes
⏲ Cooking Time: 10 minutes

🍴  Servings: 2 to 3

Tawa Prawn Masala

The spicy and drool-worthy prawn masala that is prepared over a Tawa with limited ingredients.
What do you need?
For Prawns Tawa Roast:
  • Prawns - 200 g (washed and cleaned)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Curd - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 sprigs (chopped)

 For Prawns Tawa Masala: 

  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig (chopped)
  • Crushed Garlic - 6 cloves
  • Green chilly - 1 (sliced or chopped)
  • Onion - 2 (medium-sized)(finely chopped)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind pulp - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - a few
Steps Involved:
  • Clean and wash 200 grams of Prawn.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, curd and lemon juice to the prawns.
  • Mix well and allow the prawns to get marinated for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat some ghee on Tawa. Add curry leaves and marinated prawns.
  • Allow them to cook for a minute on a low flame. 
  • Roast the prawns on the high flame for 2 to 3 minutes. The prawns would turn brown by this time.
  • On another Tawa, heat some coconut oil.
  • Add curry leaves, crushed garlic, sliced green chillies, and fry for a minute.
  • Add onions, salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, Garam masala, black pepper powder, and cook until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add tamarind pulp, and mix thoroughly.
  • Add in the ghee-roasted prawns, and briefly stir for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, and enjoy the Tawa Prawn Masala.

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For comforting the easy understandability of the recipe, the step by step, detailed procedure, along with the picture is shown below:

Step-by-Step Procedure with Pictures

How to Make?

For Tawa Prawn Roast:

  • Clean and wash 200 grams of prawns.

  • Add all the ingredients listed under "For Tawa Prawn Roast" except ghee and curry leaves to the prawns.

  • Mix well and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes.

  • To a Tawa, add 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of ghee.

  • Add two sprigs of chopped curry leaves to the shimmering ghee.

  • Add the marinated prawns to the ghee.

  • Spread the Prawns evenly on the Tawa.

  • Allow cooking the Prawns for a minute on a low flame.

  • For the next 3 minutes, fry the Prawns over a high flame stirring constantly.

  • The Prawns would turn brown, and get roasted in the ghee thoroughly.

For Tawa Prawn Masala:

  • Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil on a Tawa.

  • Add a sprig of chopped curry leaves.

  • Add in the crushed garlic cloves.

  • Add the chopped green chillies.

  • Roast them for a while in coconut oil.

  • Add the finely chopped onions into the coconut oil.

  • Add salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, Garam masala, and black pepper powder. Saute all the ingredients until the onions turn translucent.

  • Add a teaspoon of tamarind pulp to the onions. Mix everything well.

  • Add the ghee-roasted prawns to the Tawa masala.

  • Briefly stir for 2 minutes.

  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • The spicy and succulent Tawa Prawn Masala is ready to be plated!


  • Frying the prawns on the low flame for a long time would make them hard.
  • The cooking time of Prawns is just 3 to 4 minutes. Tossing the prawns on the high flame would make them soft and succulent. 

Spicy! Tasty! Excellent Starter!


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