Spicy Prawn masala

I love non veg foods like anything,  except fish. Yeah..i told truth. I hate sea food.

But once i relocated to Kochi, Queen of Arabian Sea, I couldn’t help but  fall in love with prawns and pearl spot (Karimeen) over here.

So i’ll share you my favorite way of making prawns.First i had it from a family friend’s house.I liked it so much that i asked them for recipe.

I have made prawn numerous occasions in this style.I’v tried other recipes also, but this one always came out good.

We can prepare this curry in 4 steps

1) Marinating prawns

2) Cutting and chopping vegetables

3) Grinding the masala and

4) Cooking the prawns

Always remember while buying prawns, on deshelling they will reduce to almost half the quantity.

How to make?

So first take1/2 kg big prawns deshelled, deveined and cleaned. After that we can do marination

1) Marinating Prawns:

Required ingredients:

a) Chilly powder – 1tbsp

b) Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

c) Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tbsp

d) Coriander Powder- 1/2 tbsp

e) Salt – As required

Add 1 tbsp. chilly powder,1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste1/2 tbsp coriander powder  and salt  to cleaned prawns .Make sure it is coated well and keep inside fridge in an air tight box for 30 minutes.

By this time we can go to cutting and chopping part

Required Vegetables :

a) Onion- 1 big thinly sliced. (Use a tomato knife for slicing , you can get thin onion slices)

b) Shallots /sambar onion/ pearl onion – 10-15  sliced

I know it is difficult to peel and slice pearl onions, but do add these , it enhances the taste.

c) Tomato – chopped in to small pieces.

Now Step 3 : Grinding masala.

a) Grated coconut – 1 tbsp

b) Ginger – a small piece

c) Garlic- 5 cloves

d) Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp ( I use to add 1/2 tbsp coriander powder since i don’t keep coriander seed in home)

e) Green chilly-  2 medium sized

f) Pepper corn- 1 tbspoon

g) Dried Kashmiri red chilly- 2-3

Heat oil in a pan .Add all the above ingredients.Saute till coconut turns brown.

Add very little water and grind it. Don’t make it a paste ,do in a way so that chilly grains will be there in gravy.While eating, those grains will impart a specific taste.

See the picture.

By this time prawn will be properly marinated.Now we can go to step: 4

Cooking the prawns:


a) Curry Leaves- 2sprigs

b) Cumin seeds – 2 tsp

c) Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 tbsp

d) Turmeric powder- 1 pinch

d) Salt- as required

e) Oil as required

First saute the marinated prawns in oil till half cooked.(Shallow fry)Keep it aside in a blotting paper.

In same oil add cumin seeds and curry leaf.

Now add  onions we first itself sliced and kept.Once the color changes add turmeric powder and chilly powder.

Now add tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes turns soft.

Now add grinded masala to it and saute till raw small is gone.

Add prawns and saute for 5 minutes.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup water and boil in low flame.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve it with basmati rice 🙂


50 first dates and a pasta recipe

Today i saw the movie first 50 dates in Z studio. It is 3rd or 4th time i am watching this movie.


It is a silly romantic comedy but has a charm of its own. If you are a person who is very serious about movies, you won’t like it. But people like me who are suckers for romantic comedy and chick flicks will sure like it.


It is about the story of a man who have to struggle  to win his dream girl’s heart every day, since she is suffering from short term memory loss and forgets him everyday when she wakes up   😛


Adam Sandler  as hero and the pretty Drew Barrymore as heroine,  it is really  a sweet movie to watch .

If you haven’t watched it yet , give it a try when you want to laugh  or when you are having a girl’s night 🙂

I watched the movie with a quick made pasta and shop bought potato waffles.



If you are in a lazy mood or want some quick pasta recipe this will be useful to you.

Time required : 5 minutes

Things required :

Pasta -1 cup ( I used macaroni here)

Ripe Tomatoes – 1

Pureed tomato – 1 cup

Garlic – 1/2 cup chopped

Red Kashmiri chilly dried-  According to your spice toleration level (i used 2) or you can use shop bought chilly flakes.

Crushed pepper – according to your spice toleration  level(i taken one tbs. pepper corn and crushed it)

Oregano- 1 tsp

Basil- 1 tsp

Olive oil-  1 tbsp

Cheese grated – 1/2 cup

Light Fresh cream – 1/2 cup

Water – 3/4 cup

Salt and sugar


Don’t panic seeing ingredient list, the process is quiet simple.


1) Cook your pasta according to your packet instruction.

Most of them require boiling in hot water. Add 2 drops of olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking up. Also add salt. Only half cook pasta.

Remember to throw away the water in which you cooked pasta, it is said to be contain some wax content which is not good for health . After that wash it with cold water and keep aside.

2) While pasta is cooking chop garlic and  then tomato. Break dried red chillies in to small bits. Grate cheese. Crush pepper corns.

3) Heat Olive oil in pan.Saute garlic and red chilly. Then add tomatoes.When tomato softens add tomato puree.

4) Add oregano, basil and crushed pepper. Saute  1 minute or till aroma starts

5) Add Water  and boil.Add salt as per you taste and a pinch sugar.

6) Now add half cooked pasta and cheese to it.

7) Finally add the fresh cream.


Yummy pasta ready for you     😎