Chettinadu Prawn Masala


Chettinadu Prawn Masala

Chettinadu Prawn masala is an awesome side which goes excellent with Rice, Chapathi, Roti and goes very well with Breads. Chettinadu Prawn Masala is a finger-licking good South Indian style prawn curry. Prawn are the delicacies of the sea world; they have an exceptional taste while having lower calories. This Chettinadu prawn’s masala is a treat for sea food lovers like me.
One of the signature characteristics of any Chettinadu Curry is the masala. I am in love with the fragrant, flavor some, fiery Chettinadu masala. What I like most about this South Indian curry paste is that it is pretty simple to prepare from scratch at home.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chettinadu prawn masala
Servings: 4 people


  • 500 grams Prawn
  • 1 piece Cinnamon
  • 2 piece Cardamom
  • 1 piece Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp Pepper seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 piece Red Chili
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric
  • 3 chopped Onion large size
  • 2 chopped Tomato large size
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil
  • Water


  • How to make Chettinadu Masala:
    Dry roast fennel seeds, black pepper, cumin, red chilies,coriander seeds till fragrant and slightly darkened. Grind them in a smooth powder.
  • How to make Chettinadu Prawn Masala:
    Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add Cinnamon, cardamom,curry leaves, and sauté for minutes. Add the chopped onion and sauté over the low heat till the onion comes light brown.
  • Next, add the ginger & garlic paste 1 tbsp and Turmeric 1/2 tbsp sauté 2 mins and add the chopped tomatoes sauté well.  The indication of masala being ready is oil starts separating from it.
  • Now add the Chettinadu powder Sauté 5 mins and add required water, To the fried onion and stir to combine. Continue to sauté the masala scraping the bottom of the Pan, till the masala takes deep brown color and nicely roasted.
  • At this stage add the clean prawn, salt, and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low and cook the prawn 10 – 15 minutes. Add Coriander leaves. Now the delices Chettinadu prawn Masala is ready to eat.



  1. To prepare Chettinadu Prawn Masala, first wash, clean and devein the prawn. If possible, use the pre-cleaned prawn.
  2. Adjust the number of chilies in the Chettinadu masala paste and curry as per your taste preference. 

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