Chettinad Prawn Curry Recipe

Chettinad Prawn Curry is a very spicy and delicious gravy version of dry masala prawn with aromatic spices.

Chettinad Prawn Curry Recipe
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Chettinad Prawn Curry is a very spicy and delicious gravy version of dry masala prawn with aromatic spices. A seafood delicacy irresistible for any non-vegetarian lover. Rich in taste, ideal for lunch when served with steamed rice. Addition of red chilli paste and black corn pepper makes it even more hot and spicy. A mouth watering satisfying preparation that helps to rejuvenate the taste bud is a gift by itself on your behalf for the entire family.

Serve Chettinad Prawn Curry along with Steamed Rice and Onion Tomato Mixed Bean Sprout Salad for a comforting and delicious weekday meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Chettinad recipes such as

  1. Chettinad Muttai Masala Recipe
  2. Chettinad Thakkali Vengaya Kuzhambu Recipe
  3. Chettinad Pakora Curry Recipe

Cuisine: Chettinad
Course: Lunch
Diet: Non Vegeterian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

45 M


4 Servings


  • 15 Prawns
  • 2 Onion , finely chopped
  • 3 Tomato
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 cups Water
  • 5 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves ,  A handful (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 2 tablespoon Tomato , paste
  • 4 teaspoon Oil
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Chettinad Prawn Curry Recipe

  1. To begin making the Chettinad Prawn Curry, firstly wash and devein the prawns and cut off the heads.

  2. Add dry red chillies and a little water in the mixer grinder and make a paste out of it. Heat a saucepan with water add tomato, cinnamon, tamarind paste and the required salt. Let it boil to the point where the tomatoes soften, about 10 minutes. Cool it.

  3. Strain the tomato juice water and reserve for cooking.

  4. Take a bowl with 3 teaspoons of water and mix all the dry masala.

  5. Heat a heavy bottomed pan with oil and temper with mustard seeds, whole black peppercorns and curry leaves. Add the prawns and fry for 2 minutes. Take the prawns out and keep it aside. 

  6. Add the onions, ginger and garlic paste, salt and fry till the onions become translucent. Pour the tomato spicy juice, bring up to a boil.

  7. Mix the tomato paste and dry masala water. Add the prawns and let it boil till gravy consistency is formed. Check the salt and seasoning. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

  8. Enjoy Chettinad Prawn Curry along with Steamed Rice and Onion Tomato Mixed Bean Sprout Salad for a comforting and delicious weekday meal.