Prawns Masala / Spicy Prawns Masala (Andhra Style)

Prawns Masala is a spicy Prawns /Shrimps dish, Andhra style Spicy Prawns Masala also known as Royyala Iguru. Royyala means Prawns in Telugu, and Iguru means thick gravy. As you all know, in India, Andhra food is labelled as the spiciest, and this typical Prawns curry or Prawns Masala is coated with spices and herbs in plenty, to provide you that extra zing!! Although I love spicy food, I rarely prepare such spicy food, as I want my kids to enjoy the food as well. Whenever I feel like making spicy food, like Chettinad chicken curryAlleppey Fish Curry, Kottayam Fish curry etc., I make sure I have another tempting alternative ready for the kids. Off late, they seem to enjoy little bit of spicy things even if their tongues are burning.

It is rainy season: and the joy of munching and crunching and slurping is like no other season. I enjoy all crispy fried snacks like Chicken samosas, Meat roll, Butter murukku, cutlets, Potato croquettes, Coconut Prawns, fish fingers etc. Maybe that is the best joy of the season, eating anything and everything you enjoy. Recently, after happily relishing Chole Bhature, kids were asking me to make Pav Bhaji and Tessa wanted some Prawns Fry.

The very next day, I was lucky to get hold of some fresh large prawns. I marinated half of them for making Coconut Prawns and was pondering whether to make Prawns Roast or Prawns curry with the other half, when I thought of this recipe. It was a long time since I tried this spicy Prawns Masala. Without wasting much time I carried on with my impulse and started making Prawns Masala. To be honest, I didn’t marinate the prawns for the required time. I am sure it would give tastier results if you do, but when you don’t have patience and your mouth is watering enough to sink “Titanic”, you can go ahead (Trust me, it would still be super-duper!). Another beautiful shrimp starter recipe is Dynamite Shrimp, served with Bang Bang Sauce.

It is Andhra style Prawns Masala, so it will be spicy to the core. If you are not so keen on spicy food, cut down on green chilies and spices, it would still be a very tempting dish as the Masala has rich and delicious flavors. Prawns Masala is best enjoyed with plain white rice and other veggies; not that the veggies will interest anyone when the Prawns is there! Well, we all just loved the succulent prawns dish, burning of the tongue was forgotten in seconds! So, try this Royale spicy Prawns Masala and enjoy the punch!! Happy rainy season!

Ingredients for Prawns Masala:

Prawns: 1 kg.
Chili Powder: 1 tsp
Pepper Powder: ½ tsp
Turmeric Powder: ¼ tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste: ½ tsp
Lime juice: 1 ½ tsp
Cloves: 3 nos
Cinnamon stick: 1 small
Green chilies:  2- 4 nos.
Onion: 2 nos.
Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 tsp
Chili Powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder: ½ tsp
Black Pepper Powder: ½ tsp
Tomato: 1 no.
Curry leaves: 3 sprigs
Coriander leaves/ Cilantro: little for garnishing
Oil: 1 ½ tbsp

Step by step Recipe for Prawns Masala:

  1. Clean and devein the prawns.
  2. Marinate with Ginger garlic paste, Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Pepper Powder, salt and lime juice for half an hour to one hour.
  3. In a nonstick pan, add ½ tbsp. oil and stir fry the marinated prawns for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

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  1. In the same pan, pour 1 ½ tbsp. oil, add crushed cloves and cinnamon, then green chilies, curry leaves, followed by chopped onion.
  2. Sauté till onions are transparent and add Ginger garlic paste.
  3. Fry for some time and add chilli powder, pepper powder and turmeric powder.
  4. Now, add the chopped tomatoes and fry till they are mashed well.
  5. To this, add the semi cooked prawns and combine well.

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  1. Cover and cook on low flame for few minues, stirring occasionally. The masala should coat the prawns well.
  2. When it is done, transfer to a serving plate and garnish with Coriander leaves. Your spicy hot Prawns Masala is ready. Enjoy!


  • Medium to large sized Prawns are best for this type of Prawns Masala.
  • Andhra style means spicy, so adjust the chilies and other spices according to your spice tolerance level.
  • You can use coconut oil, sunflower oil or any other vegetable oil for this recipe.
  • Marinating the prawns will make it more flavorful.
  • Do not add water for cooking Prawns. Water from the prawns is enough to cook the prawns.
  • You may add a pinch of cumin powder (jeera powder) for a different flavor.
  • Serve it with rice or rotis.

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