Prawn Fry: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners


Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of learning how to cook Indian food with my dear friend Sujaya. This week we tackled my favorite protein, shrimp! Until this week, our cooking lessons had focused on tempering, seasoning, and organizing your spice drawer. This week, however, Sujaya turned a 20-minute window of time into a protein for two family dinners. Was I impressed? Absolutely! I highly recommend this quick pan fry of perfectly seasoned shrimp.

After our shrimp was cooked and ready to eat, she saved half for dinner and poured the other half above (pre-made) white rice with a tiny bit of plain yogurt. “The yogurt helps with the heat,” Sujaya said, smiling. If you’re not used to cooking/prepping spicy food, I recommend adding yogurt over any starch and then combining the protein. It helped calm the heat, while keeping all of the amazing flavor. I loved this meal! Try it.

Prawn Fry

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, lunch
Servings 6


  • 250g Small prawns (Frozen but dethawed under hot water in a few minutes)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1.5 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • In a bowl add the prawns, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powders. Mix well and allow to sit for a minimum of 10 mins. In a pan, heat the ginger and add the mustard seeds. When they stop spluttering add the curry leaves and then the prawns. Mix well and allow to cook on a medium flame for 15 mins, stirring every 5 mins. Adjust salt and chili powder for taste.


Prawn Fry: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners
Prawn Fry: Cooking with Sujaya, Indian Cooking for Beginners
Keyword Protein, Seafood, Shrimp


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Olga Rosales Salinas is Managing Editor for San Francisco Bay Area Moms. As a freelance writer and journalist, her articles have been published nationally by palabra, National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Other bylines have appeared in Voices of Monterey Bay, Jumble & Flow and various others. Her debut collection of poetry and prose, La Llorona, was published by Birch Bench Press in August of 2021. In 2019 her philanthropy began with a non-profit benefiting first-generation and immigrant students, The Rosales Sisters' Scholarship. She has had spotlights in the following podcasts and radio stations; THINK/NPR with Krys Boyd, Los Sotelos Podcast, The Hive Poetry Collective, Walk the Talk Podcast, "Making a Difference with Sheetal Ohri" on Bolly 92.3 FM, and Roll Over Easy @BFFdotFM Radio.


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