Kerala Fried Prawns

Kerala fried prawns is an absolutely delicious offering from the cuisine of Kerala, which can also be termed as the spice capital of India. This quick and easy prawn appetizer is loaded with heartwarming Indian flavors!

Fried-Prawns-2 (1 of 1)Today I am back to my Indian roots and presenting you an authentic spicy prawn appetizer recipe which speaks nothing but all the goodness of Indian cuisine. This special recipe comes from Kerala (which is why it is called ‘Kerala fried prawns’) and is full of traditional aroma of Indian food.

It is a win-win recipe for all the prawn lovers and those who loves Indian food. Needless to say that I loved this to the core because I satisfy both the criteria. To add to the pleasure this is ridiculously easy to make and you will not get overwhelmed by a long list of exotic ingredients. I promise!

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Kerala is an international tourist attraction for its amazing natural beauty and wildlife. Also Kerala is famous for its huge production of spices – as a matter of fact, Kerala is the 3rd largest exporter of black pepper in the world. It is quite obvious that the cuisine of Kerala is strongly dominated by all these aromatic spices which makes it so popular. And very close to my heart too!

This spicy fried prawns carry all the flavors of Keralian cuisine and brings an absolute delight to our taste buds. The prawns will melt in your mouth and ignite your senses. If serving to a crowd, be assured that they will vanish in an instant!

Fried-Prawns-4 (1 of 1)We have visited different places of Kerala at different times and yearns to go again and again. The beautiful beaches, the tantalizing forests and the lush green tea and coffee estates keep on attracting my traveler soul who is a sucker for nature and its indescribable beauty!

For today I am remembering Kerala with one of its amazing delicacies. We loved this Kerala fried prawns and I am sure you will love it too. It’s simply impossible not to fall for the incredible aroma of the spices which gives the prawns an extreme makeover!

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Kerala Fried Prawns
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Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 to 3 servings
  • Fresh prawns – 250 gms, peeled and deveined keeping the tails intact
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 8 to 10
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Dried red chillies – 2, chopped
  • Onion – 1, small, cut into thin strips
  • Lemon - 1
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Season the prawns with little salt and fry them in the hot oil until they are turn pink on both sides. Take them out on a plate and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the remaining oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and pepper. Fry the spices with a little splash of water to avoid burning.
  3. After the spices are sautéed and the oil surfaces on top, add the prawns and sauté them to coat with the spices all over. Take them out onto a serving plate.
  4. For the garnish, heat half teaspoon of oil to the same pan and add the thinly sliced onion strips and the chopped red chillies. Sauté then until the onions turn golden brown.
  5. Garnish the prawns with sautéed onion and chilli mix, lemon juice and top with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.


  1. says

    I tried this recipe, it was simple and quick to make and tasted great! I teamed it with some steamed rice and daal and this became my comfort food for the day. Definitely making this again!

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