Royallu Mudda Kura – Prawn Curry

My friend sent me some fresh water prawns the other day and also shared a lovely recipe of prawn curry. It was pretty quick to prepare and it turned out amazingly good with well balanced flavors – redolent with the sweetness of coconut and subtly spiced. Curry leaves, khus-khus and coconut form the essence of this pasty textured prawn curry (almost like a stir fry dish).

Definitely a keeper and one I would serve for a dinner party. Goes great with hot white rice of rotis.

Royalla mudda kura

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  prawns


  •   1/2 kg shelled, remove head, tail and de-vein, washed fresh prawns
  •   2 big onions, finely sliced
  •   1 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust)
  •   big pinch turmeric pwd
  •   salt to taste
  •   15-20 fresh curry leaves
  •   1/2 tbsp oil
  • Make a paste:

  •   4-5 garlic flakes
  •   1 tbsp coriander seeds
  •   2-3 cloves (lavanga)
  •   1" cinnamon (dalchini)
  •   1/2 tbsp khus-khus (poppy seeds) -soak in warm water for 10 mts
  •   2" fresh coconut piece

Method for making Royalla mudda kura

Marinate the prawns in salt, turmeric pwd and chilli pwd for half an hour.
Make a paste of the all the ingredients mentioned in 'make a paste', adding 1-2 tbsps of water.
Boil the marinated prawns till they are almost done, approx 4-5 mts (for small to medium sized prawns and for larger prawns, boil for 7-8 mts)
Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the onions and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn transparent.
Add the paste and combine well and cook on medium heat for 4-5 mts, stirring constantly as you will find that the mixture sticks to the vessel.
Add the boiled prawns with any left over water, if any. Cook on low heat till the prawns cook in the curried paste, approx 8-10 mts. There should be no water content and stir fry till the curry coats the prawns and appears like a stir fry dish.
Serve with hot steamed rice or rotis.


  • Aruna

    Splendid!!! I love your blog Sailaja!! Even though I am new to this blog world, I enjoy your updates and a regular visitor.

    Thank you, Aruna and welcome to the food blogging world.:)

  • pria

    Simply amazing !!!!!thatz what I can say about your blog Sailu!!! All your recepies are so well balanced in taste and flavour. Though simple but totally unique. Thanks a zillion for sharing such wonderful recipies and helping us spread that special smile on our dear ones faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your most welcome and thank you for your sweet words, Pria.:)

  • pri

    Hi Sailu,

    Can u post a recipe for any dips which will go well for chips or other starters?


  • sandeepa

    Slurrrrrrp..I am a big time prawn fan and this look so so good

  • Meena Kandlakuti

    Hi Sailaja!

    this looks yummy!..You know I never had prawns before my marriage, though, my parents insisted a lot i never had them. I just used to hate them a lot. But after marriage my dear hubby who stays far from kitchen (occasionaly comes to kitchen to share that and this abt food and his experiences), had cooked for me once, just to make me realize that they taste great. Not to hurt him, I had them. From then onwards I cook as well as eat them:-) That’s a small story. Next time when we get shrimps (prawns), I will try this recipe. Thanx for sharing:-)

  • Nabeela

    Hi Sailaja. I was wondering why you boiled the shrimps separately before adding it to the curry…my grandmother-in-law did the same when I was observing her cooking in India. People here add shrimps to the curry itself…that way it doesn’t overcook and become tough. Is there a particular reason people in India go the boiling process way?

  • Mamatha

    I simply MUST try this dish – can’t wait to buy prawns to make it. I usually like to pair dry non-veg dishes such as this with rice and sambar.

  • Maninas

    Wow, this is absolutely mouth-watering! I shall have to try it. It would work fine with sea prawns as well, wouldn’t it? Thanks.

    Sure it will, Maninas.

  • Cynthia

    Prawns – I obsess about them. Could eat them everyday and never get tired of it. I’ve had it curried before but never with coconut so I am definitely going to try it this way.

    Sailu, your pics always look so mouth-watering.

  • laxmi

    This curry doesn’t need any ginger and garlic paste? Today I am thinking of making shrimp curry. I have precooked shrimp so this recipe will best suit to make your shrimp curry.

    It doesn’t need ginger garlic paste, but garlic is one of the ingredients required.

  • Kalpana

    Hello Sailu garu,

    Very nice to know that even you are from Vizag.I recently visited your blog, but didn’t find time then to post a comment.You are having a wonderful blog.Keep up the good work.
    Please do visit my blog

  • Arundati Rao

    Dear Sailu,

    i’ve been trawling your blog for the better part of a year now….lovely homecooked food you can almost smell!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ….keep it coming!!

    i have started a foodblog too

    visit when you can….

  • anu

    sailu-i’m an actually telugu and your website is amazing. the recipes are very similar to my moms and grandmothers. keep posting!! so you have a recipe for coconut chutney to go with dosa and idli. I would really appreciate it!

  • Mallika

    Sailu, the night before I was leaving for Cannes my in-laws descended and I needed to cook for 6 people while packing. I made this with coconut milk to feed more hungry people with rice and it was a HUGE hit. Thanks so much for the recipe! U saved my day…

  • Tarannum

    Hi Sailu, i made thotakura dal by following ur recipe and the results were awesome! Now i am regularly checking out ur site for some cool vegetarian recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ (Btw, I suppose u recognise who i am)

  • Jahnavi

    Hi Sailu,I made this last week it turned out really good…..thankyou for sharing good recepie.I am cooking it tonight too….

    Have a great one

  • pradeep

    Like the way you describe…..Great help for bachelors like me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • neelu

    This is one of the easiest and best recipes on your site. Made it yesterday and it was wonderful. Tasted exactly like my Mom’s and Grandma’s shrimp curry.

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  • Esther Aruna

    Hi Sailu

    I am writing from Sharjah, UAE. I have been visiting your website for the past 2 yrs and I found them interesting. I have a doubt with respect to this Royalla Mudda kura recipe. In the ingredients list you mention 4-5 garlic flakes and when responding to Laxmi’s recipe you say that only ginger should be used. could you pls clarify as to which one I have to use. Thanks a lot, Esther.

    Sorry, Esther, it should read ‘garlic’ and not ‘ginger’. I have corrected the typo.

  • Esther Aruna

    Hi Sailu

    Thank you for your immediate response. Much appreciated. Sincerely speaking never expected reply from you. Thanks once again. Will try it out and let you know. Have a great day. Esther

  • Nafisa

    Hello ,
    I am a starter in cooking prawns and only cook one masala fry dish which i know – i want to try some other desi prawn curry recipe and i know no other to trust except your blog – tried , tested and delicious ( with previous experience with your recipies i must say!)

    i wuz wondering – i don’t get poppy seeds here where i live – is this absolutely a very important ingredient in this recipie to get it as delicious? please reply as i would definitely like to try it!
    and also if the stpe to preboil the prawns is necessary and why not just add it direct to the gravy so the flavours infuse n the prawns is not over cooked .
    Awaiting a response
    thanx ๐Ÿ™‚

    Poppy seeds are important but then you could omit it and still try the recipe. Replace poppy seeds with some almond pwd, maybe a tbsp. Yes, you could directly cook the prawns in the gravy and remember its a semi dry dish.

  • pannaga

    Hi Sailu,

    I am mailing you from London and am a regular visitor of your blog.
    this is one of my husbands fav dish, he loves it. Its so quick and simple.

    thanks for posting sailu. Merry christmas and a very happy new year.

    With Lov

  • Sri


    lookin into this recipe after long time.
    required a great help from you. can you also please add some tips while cleaning fish and praws if possible? Plz Plz Plz….

    Thanks! Bbye

  • elcy

    pic has been copied

    Thanks for informing me, Elcy.

  • RUPA

    Hi Sailu,
    Thanks for the recipe, I made it and it came out very tasty.Thanks once again.

  • shirley

    i tried it, but was bland. i would hv liked it spicier. any suggestions

    • Sailu

      You can add a tsp of crushed pepper corns to spice it up.

  • suseela

    Hai Sailu garu,
    Very Tasty Thankyou

  • Anu

    its great……….

  • Anu

    its great……….