Shrimp / Prawn Varuval – Dry Gravy Spicy Fried Shrimp

prawn varuval 

Shrimp / Prawn Varuval  – Dry Gravy Spicy Fried Shrimp

‘Varuval’- which means to fry is a name of the method of preparation for various meat dishes. The gravy is on the drier side with a nice spiced coating. The flavors are wonderful in this version using small sized shrimp/prawn and coconut bits.

Shrimp / Prawn Varuval  – Dry Gravy Spicy Fried Shrimp

Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Serves: 4


  • ½ kg prawns, smaller variety if available. Cleaned, deveined.


  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ½tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • a Handful of curry leaves

For Varuval:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • a few curry leaves
  • 1½ tsp ginger, minced
  • 1½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 4-5 green chillies or according to spice level
  • 1 cup shallots,sliced into rounds
  • ¼ cup sliced fresh coconut – coconut bits/flakes (not grated coconut)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • ¾ coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1-2 pieces of Fish Tamarind /Gambooge(Kudampuli)- washed well, soaked if needed.
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients for the ‘Marinade’ and rub into the cleaned and drained shrimp/prawn.
  • Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat coconut oil in a wok. Add the curry leaves.
  • When spluttered, add the ginger, garlic and green chili and saute till softened.
  • Add the shallots and saute well.
  • Add the coconut bits and stir well.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add all the spice powders. Stir-fry till aromatic. Sprinkle some water.
  • Add the fish tamarind and the marinated prawns and stir well. Also add some salt to taste.
  • Raise the heat, Cover and cook, stirring occasionally till  oil separates, prawn is cooked & gravy is thick and coats the prawn well without becoming overly dry.(3-5 minutes)

Shrimp / Prawn Varuval  – Dry Gravy Spicy Fried Shrimp

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The same method can be used to prepare calamari/squid
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