Saturday 16 February 2013

Prawn Thokku Recipe/Eral Thokku Recipe/South Indian Style Prawn Masala/How to make Prawn Thokku with step by step photos and Video

Prawn/Shrimp thokku is a very yummy dish which my mom makes all the time. I just love the taste of the masala, which is totally irresistible. I learnt this recipe from my mom and my  kids just love them. This Prawn/Eral Thokku can be served with simple Milagai Killi Potta Sambar, Milagu Rasam and white rice. Do try out this tempting Prawn Masala and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Prawn Recipe here and other Fish Recipes here, Chicken Recipes here and Mutton Recipes here

Here's how to make Prawn/Shrimp Thokku with step by step photos and video

400 gm
3 big (finely chopped)
3 big (finely chopped)
Ginger & Garlic paste
1.5 tbsp
Green Chillies
3 slit and cut
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
1 tsp
Red chilli powder
1 tbsp
Coriander powder
2 tbsp
1 tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped
Turmeric powder
1 tsp
As needed
2 tbsp
Preparation Time: 5-7 minutes                          Recipe Category:Lunch/Side dish
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes                             Recipe Cuisine: TamilNadu/South India
Author: Priya Anandakumar

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Keep all the ingredients ready.

Clean, wash and devain the shrimp really good. Add some turmeric powder and wash it, so that it will be clean.

In a kadai heat oil, add cumin seeds  and let it crackle.

Add curry Leaves/karuvepillai and wait until it turns crispy.

Add finely chopped onions, green chillies, little salt and saute well until they to golden brown color.

Now add 1.5 tbsp of ginger & garlic paste and saute until raw smell vanishes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and saute well until they turn mushy.

At this stage add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and saute well for about a minute for the raw smell to vanish.

Add the prawns and mix really well. 

Now add 1/4 cup of water and let it boil for about a minute.]

Now add 1 tsp of cumin powder, 1 tbsp of coriander leaves and mix really well.

Let the prawns cook for about 10-12 minutes. Keep stirring in between. Slowly the oil will start to release on the side of the kadai, stir well for another 5 minutes and it will reach thokku consistency.

At this stage add 1 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves and mix it really well and switch off the stove.

Shrimp cooks real fast, so if u keep it in the stove for very long time it will turn very chewy.
I always wash all the sea foods, chicken or goat meat with turmeric powder when they are raw so that when you cook you will not get any smell.

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  1. I love this prawn thokku..

  2. Thanks for the tips of cleaning the prawns with turmeric. Normally I add into the gravy. Its good way of removing the odour too. Awesome recipe and I see the prawns drenched in the thick spicy gravy.

  3. Thank you for thi prawn recipe. Reminds me of my mom's cooking. gonna try this for my daughter who loves prawn.
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  4. I try this and it comes out very well my daughter like this
    3onion and 3 tomotto equal in grams

    1. Hi Kamalaveni,
      Thanks for trying eral thokku, I am happy that your daughter likes this, its my daughter fav too.
      3 onions and 3 tomatoes approx 150 gms each, but if u want more thokku u can make it 200 gms.

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  6. Thank you priya than you so much for your reply

  7. Hey Akka,lovely recipe,it turned out really well..


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