How to make Malvani Prawn Fry -

A combination of rice flour and semolina give that added crispness to the prawns.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book konkan cook book.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Lemon juice (नींबु का रस)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course Seafood

Malvani Prawn Fry

Malvani Prawn Fry Recipe Card


Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Malvani Prawn Fry Recipe

  • Prawns shelled and deveined 300 grams

  • Lemon juice to taste

  • Lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 3 teaspoons

  • Ginger paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Garlic paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Rice flour 4 tablespoons

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 4 tablespoons


Step 1

Wash prawns under running water, drain off excess water and press between the folds of an absorbent cloth to dry. Marinate with salt and lemon juice for fifteen minutes.

Step 2

Mix together turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, ginger paste, garlic paste and apply this to the prawns. Keep them covered for thirty minutes preferably in a refrigerator.

Step 3

Heat oil on a flat griddle (tawa). Mix rice flour and semolina and spread on a plate. Dust the prawns with this mixture and shallow fry till golden on both sides. Drain onto an absorbent paper and serve hot.

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