How to make Prawns Varuval -

A popular prawn dish from Kerala – it makes a starter

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Medium prawns (मध्यम आकार के प्रॉन्स), Ginger-garlic paste (अदरक-लहसुन की पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Main Course Seafood

Prawns Varuval

Prawns Varuval Recipe Card


Hindi: jhinga
Favourite seafood? Prawns, prawns and more of prawns. A wide variety of small crustaceans, tiny relatives of the lobster, are known as prawns. Prawns are normally translucent when raw but get their distinctive pink or red colour on being cooked. one word of caution – if buying unpeeled prawns, smell for freshness and look for bright, shiny shells that have some spring left in them.

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawns Varuval Recipe

  • Medium prawns shelled, deveined and washed 20-25

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Red chilli paste 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coconut oil 2 1/2 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 8-10

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Medium onion sliced 1

  • Fresh coriander sprigs to garnish


Step 1

Take prawns in a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and crushed black peppercorns, mix well and set aside to marinage for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Heat 1½ tbsps oil in a non-stick pan, add the marinated prawns and sauté on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Take it off the heat and transfer into another bowl.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in the same pan, add curry leaves and green chillies, mix and sauté for a 1 minute. Add onion, mix and sauté till golden brown.

Step 4

Add the prawns, mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Transfer into a serving platter, garnish with coriander sprigs and serve hot.

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