My friend sent me a packet of cleaned and de-veined prawns the other day. The prawn was pretty small in size but packed with flavor as my friend rightly pointed out. I got down to making an Andhra style prawn fry. I like prawn and can eat as often as possible without getting tried of it. Usually I cook the prawn in a dry saute style or biryani. Tried a slightly different version of prawn fry this time around and am pleased with the end result.
Despite the minimal ingredients and an easy recipe to work around, the flavor of the prawn fry was outstandingly good. I highly recommend all you prawn lovers to try this Andhra style prawn fry recipe and you will not be disappointed. Works great as a starter for a party or as a side with rice.
Prawn Fry Recipe
- Prawns - 500 gms, cleaned and de-veined
- Onions - 2, finely sliced
- Garlic, - 3, finely minced
- Ginger green chili paste (1" ginger and 3 green chilies)
- Red chilli pwd - 1 1/2 tsps (adjust)
- Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
- Coriander pwd - 1 tsp
- Saunf pwd - 1/2 tsp
- Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Coconut - 2 tbsp (grated)
- Garam masala pwd (3 cloves, 1" cinnamon stick, 1 elaichi)
- Lemon juice OR curd/yogurt - 1 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Curry leaves - 15-20
- Cooking oil - 1 1//2 tbsps
- Marinate the prawns in ginger green chili paste, 3/4 tsp chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, lemon juice and salt for 10 mts.
- Add 1/4 cup of water to the marinated prawns and bring to a boil, reduce to medium flame cook for 6-8 mts. Turn off heat and drain the excess water, if any.
- Heat oil in a pan, add the finely minced garlic and saute for half a mt. Add sliced onions, kasuri methi and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn a light caramlized brown, approx 7-8 mts.
- Add the cooked prawns,1/4 tsp chili pwd, saunf pwd, coriander pwd and garam masala pwd and stir fry for 3 mts. Add the grated coconut and saute for 3 mts. Adjust salt and turn off heat. Serve hot as a starter or as a stir fry with rice.
- You can omit coconut if you do not have it on hand.
- Kasuri Methi or dried fenugreek leaves can be substituted with pudina leaves (5-6 leaves). If you do not have pudina, omit it and follow rest of the recipe.
One of the classic Andhra recipes with shrimp, Royalla Vepudu aka Prawn Fry that can be made in less than 20 minutes.. Andhra style prawn fry goes well with rice and sambar.