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Recipe: Tawa Fry Tandoori Prawns

September 29, 2022 16:57 IST
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Tawa Fry Tandoori Prawns with steamed rice and dal is a a delightful dinner or lunch.

Nadiya Sarguroh adds yoghurt and lemon juice for a sweet-sour flavour, and serves it with mint chutney and raw onion rings.

A Mumbai-ite, she describes herself as a 'legal enthusiast, an academician and a passionate chef who believes that successful roads are often the most hard ones to choose'.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Nadiya Sarguroh

Tawa Fry Tandoori Prawns

Serves: 2-3


  • 500 gm jumbo prawns
  • Oil for frying the prawns
  • Mini wooden skewers
  • Piece of charcoal
  • Oil for the charcoal

For the marinade

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ tsp haldi or turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ajwain or carom seeds, crushed
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp red chilly powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp kasoori methi or dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt

To serve

  • Mint chutney
  • Raw onion rings

Nadiya Sarguroh

Photograph: Kind courtesy: Nadiya Sarguroh/Twitter


To marinate the prawns

  • Wash, shell and devein the prawns.
    In a bowl, marinate the prawns with the marinade ingredients.
    Mix well, ensuring the prawns are evenly coated with the marinade.
  • Line up the prawns around the side of a metal bowl, placing a smaller metal bowl in the centre with a lit piece of charcoal.
    Pour a few drops of oil on top of the lit charcoal.
    When it begins to smoke, cover the bowl.
    Leave for 30 minutes to allow the prawns to gain a smoky flavour.
  • Take out the prawns and line them on skewers.
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan on high heat.
    Reduce the heat to medium-high and place the skewers with the prawns in the pan.
    Keep flipping so the prawns fry evenly.
    Take off heat when golden brown.
    Serve warm with mint chutney and raw onion rings.

Editor's Note: To make your own pudina chutney, follow the chutney recipe at this link.

The same marination and cooking technique can be used to make Tawa Fry Tandoori Paneer from 500 grams paneer.

Nadiya Sarguroh lives in Mumbai and publishes the food blog HautePot.

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