Nisha Aunty’s Spicy Prawn Curry

My aunt Nisha is a fabulous cook. Every summer I spend in Chennai, India, I harass her to teach me more and more of her delicious recipes. Here is a really easy and yummy prawn curry she made for me this summer.


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Nisha Aunty’s Spicy Prawn Curry

Serves 6



2 1/2 lbs. medium-sized prawns, cleaned

4-5 whole red chillies ( or to taste)

1 tsp. rai ( black mustard seeds)

1 tsp. jeera (cumin seeds)

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. dhaniya powder (coriander powder)

3/4 tsp. haldi (turmeric)

Red chili powder to taste

2 sprigs of curry leaves

1 cup sambar onions, peeled (you can use chopped shallots or pearl onions instead)

1 plum tomato chopped

1 bunch cilantro leaves and stems chopped

Salt to taste



  • Heat 2 tbsp. oil.
  • Add 1 tsp. rai.
  • Add whole dry chilies, curry leaves, jeera and onions.
  • Saute well for about 10-15 minutes on medium heat until the onions brown a little.
  • Add the dhaniya(coriander), haldi (turmeric), chili powders, black pepper and cilantro leaves.
  • Add the prawns.
  • Cover and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes until the prawns are cooked.
  • Remove the lid and cook for 5 minutes more till gravy is semi-dry.
  • Serve hot with white rice.


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