Friday, 18 June 2010

Era varuval / Prawn fry

This is a very simple prawn fry. We just loved it. Hope you will also like it. Here we get big variety,  frozen prawns but nothing can be compared to the small variety, fresh prawns which I ate when I am young.  Might be the above statement is true or might be its just the age that matters :). My mom used to deep fry the prawns and I still have that taste in my tongue, a bit sweet yet spicy and crispy hmmm...:).

Ingredients :

Prawns- 250 gms
Onion- 1 no
Tomato- 1 no
Garlic- 2 pods
Ginger- a 1/2 inch piece
Green chillies- 4 nos
Black pepper corns- 20 nos
Red chilli powder- 2 tspns
Coriander powder- 1 tbspn
Cuury leaves- 20 leaflets
Coconut scrappings- 1 tbspn
Cinnamon- 1 inch pice
Cloves-4 nos
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tspn (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil- 3 tbspns

Method :

Cut onions, ginger, garlic, tomato into pieces. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan. Fry onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic until they become brown. Now add tomatoes and saute well until they turn soft. Add pepper corns and coconut scrappings to the above mixture and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from fire. Allow the mixture to cool and grind them into a paste in food processor. Wash prawns and keep aside. Now heat a pan with 3 tablespoons of oil. When the oil gets heated add cloves and cinnamon. When they emit a nice aroma add the ground paste. Saute well for few second and to this add red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Add enough salt to this mixture. Fry for a few seconds and then add prawns to it. Add half-a-cup of water and allow the mixture to boil well. Simmer the mixture until all the water content is gone. Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves. When serving squeeze lemon juice on the dish.

Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : The taste is much better if you fry the onions until it turns brown. Do not cook the prawn in high heat for a long time. They become rubbery. You can add fennel seeds when grinding the masala. It enhances the flavour of the dish. Add lots of curry leaves when making any sea food, that makes a lot of difference. Happy cooking !!!


  1. I'm not a big fan of prawn but ur pics looks absolutely very tempting...

  2. prawns fry looks mouthwatering...nice recipe manju

  3. wow !!!!!!1 luks perfect... with dry gravy..... perfect!!!!!!! i'm gonna try this... tnx 4 sharing...

  4. Delicious, fantastic click..sounds a wonderful recipe...

  5. looks really mouthwatering n delcious ...

  6. its looking delicious and nice pic..

  7. YUM.... YUM... My fav. Looks so mouthwatering...

  8. Tuticorin is famous for prawns, i used to have it everytime when i go to my parent's place, your prawn varuval looks so yummy, mouthwatering here.

  9. I am short of words here...looks amazing...will try this out soon and let you know how it comes out...mmm...slurpp!

  10. manju what a delicious prawn fry ..i do it almost the same way..really yummy one..really spicy and crispy..rice rasam and this prawn its heaven..good one

  11. Thats really delicious.. Love the thick gravy sticking on to the prawns..

  12. Love this era thokku, spicy and nice:) We all look back of our childhood food, after certain age' and that too after self-cooking, hehe:):)

  13. Manju,

    Prawn fry looks really good. Tempting for a veggie like me.

  14. Nice clicks. Looks so delicious!

  15. Such a tempting dish...Love the way u presented...

  16. Am inviting myself to ur place Manju, such a tempting prawn fry, mouthwatering here..

  17. Hi Manju,
    Saw your profile in my Google friend's connector( my friends list) but there wasn't any details about you. Anyway finally here :-)
    Mouthwatering prawn recipe..I like dry preparation very much. Lovely click.
    Keep in touch

    Hamaree Rasoi

  18. This looks so prawns...want to get some this weekend...depends on the availability...prefer fresh ones.
    Pic is very nice.

  19. @menaga

    neenga oru samayal blogaium vittu vaikarathu illa pola

    @lif is beautiful
    non veg patthi no comments.. nice blog

  20. Wow ...looks so yummy...n perfect....

  21. tasty era varuval, migavum rusiyaga ulladu

  22. My fav... So mouthwatering...YUM!

  23. wow! Prawn make me drool....nice one dear.

  24. Tempting prawn fry, love its recipe!! Will surely try it sometime this week..

  25. Thank you friends :)

    Swathi, perhaps try the same with potatoes or brinjal :) Thanks for your comments :)

    LK and Hamaree rasoi- a hearty welcome to you both :)