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Kadai Prawns – Creamy Wok Cooked Shrimp


kadai prawns

Kadai Prawns – Creamy Wok Cooked Shrimp

  Creamy Yummy Kadai Prawns. This tasty prawns / shrimp dish is so easy to make. A very creamy, lip smacking gravy coats the prawns to make a very tasty dish indeed. My family enjoyed my last minute idea for a late Sunday Lunch. Serve with steamed rice or chapati.

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Kadai Prawns – Creamy Wok Cooked Shrimp

Recipe Type: Fish and Seafood
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 15
Cook time: 15
Total time: 
Serves: 4

kadai prawns recipe


  • 500 gms peeled and deveined small to medium sized prawns (shrimp) – (weight after cleaning)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 Tbsp ginger garlic paste ( equal quantities of ginger and garlic paste, ground to a paste without water)
  • 1 long green chili, deseeded and chopped very finely
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ¹⁄3 cup yoghurt, beaten
  • ¹⁄3 cup cream, beaten
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp mild chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala – I use my garam masala recipe
  • 1 ½ tsp freshly squeezed lime juice or to taste
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil or sunflower oil
  • salt to taste – about ¼ tsp
  • finely chopped coriander leaves and ginger julienne for garnish

And for marinating the prawns:

  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt


  • Rub the cleaned and drained prawns with the spices and salt for  ‘marinade’ and set aside.
  • kadai prawns - marinate
  • Allow the prawns to marinate while you chop up the ingredients required.
  • kadai prawns - ingredients
  • Heat oil in a deep sided wok (kadai). Add the prawns and fry.
  • kadai prawns - fry
  • Fry the prawns till tender and just lightly crisped. (Some moisture may be released from the prawns. Allow this to evaporate before the prawns can become lightly crisped)
  • Remove the prawns with a slotted spoon/spatula. Set aside.
  • kadai prawns - remove
  • In the same oil, add the ginger garlic paste and stir fry till the ginger and garlic is aromatic and looses its pungency.
  • kadai prawns - ginger garlic paste
  • Before the ginger garlic changes color, add the chopped onions.
  • kadai prawns - saute onion and green chilli
  • Saute,stirring continuously till the onions are softened and reduced.
  • kadai prawns - till golden and cooked
  • Add the tomatoes and green chillies.
  • kadai prawns - add tomato
  •  Allow to cook again till the tomatoes are mushy and tender.
  • kadai prawns - till mushy and reduced
  • Add the coriander, chili, cumin and turmeric powders. Cook till fragrant without burning.
  • kadai prawns - add spices
  • Add the lightly beaten/whisked yoghurt and cream and stir to incorporate.
  • kadai prawns - add yoghurt and cream
  • Cook on low heat, stirring continuously till the oil separates.
  • kadai prawns - cooked till oil separates
  • Now return the lightly fried prawns and toss to coat with the creamy masala.
  • kadai prawns - return prawns
  • Add the lime juice and garam masala last. Stir to mix through lightly.
  • kadai prawns - add garam masala
  • Now cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • kadai prawns - cover and cook 5 minutes
  • Lastly sprinkle the finely chopped coriander leaves. Garnish with ginger julienne.
  • kadai prawns - add finely chopped corriander
  • kadai prawns recipe

Kadai Prawns – Creamy Wok Cooked Shrimp

Try it and let us know – Kadai Prawns – Creamy Wok Cooked Shrimp .

  •  Replace the green chillies and chili powder in this recipe for black pepper corns and black pepper powder for a Black Pepper Kadai Prawns.
  • Do try our other tasty and easy shrimp dishes as well. 🙂
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  1. Oh this is tempting. Looks so yummy. I will be making this for sure. I love your recipes. I HAVE TRIED MANY and they have impressed my family many times. Thank you Shana!

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