Best Tandoori prawns (spicy shrimps) recipe

How to make Tandoori Prawns (shrimps) recipe

Crisp Goldren Tandoori prawns(shrimps) with Mint Chutney recipe
Tandoori prawns (shrimps)
Tandoori prawns are marinated in a spiced yoghurt marination and cooked over tandoor till crisp golden.

You can cooked this prawn recipe in an Oven or on gas top as well.

Prawns are also known as jhinga in India can be prepared using tandoor , tawa and oven . Tandoori prawns or jhinga recipe is very popular and goes perfectly well with your drinks as well.

You can use tiger prawns or king prawns to make the recipe of tandoori tiger prawns or tandoori king prawns.

Similarly with shrimps we can make tandoori shrimps recipe. And if you want to make then little bit spicy then increase the amount of red chilli powder or use green chili paste in the marination.

Prawns is one of the healthiest seafood loved by all over the world. Prawns is also known as shrimps but they have few differences. Like their size, prawns are big compare to shrimps. And they are little sweet in taste than shrimps.

There are many health benefits of prawns if you include it in your diet. They are the main source of high quality protein includes all nine essential amino acids in the right portion for the body to function.

Prawns are rich source of Vitamins B-6 ,     B-12  and Niacin, which helps build muscle, give energy to body and replenish red blood cells.

Eating prawns helps build strong bone as they contains phosphorus, copper and magnesium. They are also rich in Iron.

Prawns have low cholesterol levels. And they are rich source of Selenium, which is one of most effective antioxidants.

For more healthy seafood recipes
There are hundreds of recipes out there for prawns that you can try.  Today we are going to try it with a traditional way of cooking method over charcoal Tandoor, using Oven and over gas stove.

Cooking over charcoal Tandoor is one of the healthy and hygenic method . Because there is very less amount of oil is used and the food is cooked in it's it' juice over slow flames. Also it gives you a smoky flavours.

You can use shrimp also in place of prawns to make a spicy shrimp recipe.

      Tandoori prawns recipe

Serving tandoori prawns or spicy shrimps with green chutney for tandoori prawns recipe

Cleaned deveined prawns or shrimps are marinated in yoghurt based marination known as tandoori masala. Then they are cooked using Oven or charcoal tandoor or gas top method. These crisp golden prawns are served with green mint chutney.

Prep time    cooking time       serving
15 min.         8 min.                          2
Author :- Mobasir hassan

Ingredients
  •     6 - 8 pieces of medium size Prawns
  •     2 teaspoon greek yogurt ( thick)
  •     1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  •     1/2 teaspoon red chilly paste
  •     1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  •     1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  •     1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  •     1 teaspoon lemon juice
  •     1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  •     1/4 teaspoon carom seeds ( ajwain)
  •     1/4 teaspoon chat masala ( optional)
  •     1 teaspoon cooking oil
  •     1/3 teaspoon clarified butter 
  •     Salt as per taste
   How to make the recipe
  1. First we need to peel and deveined the prawns. You can buy a ready to use prawns for the recipe.
  2. Remove the head and legs from it with your finger. Peel the shells from it.
  3. You can even remove the tail by squeezing it.
  4. Using a small sharp knife make a slit along the middle of the back of the prawns to expose the black colour vein.
  5. Now under running water wash and clean the prawns and remove the vein.
  6. Pat them dry completely using a napkin or kitchen towel.
  7. Mix half of the lemon juice, red chilli powder and salt with the prawns. Keep them as a first marination for 10 minutes.
  8. In a mixing bowl mix all the remaining ingredients with yoghurt and whisk them nicely to make tandoori masala.
  9. Now mix these tandoori masala with  the prawn nicely and marinate for at least 1 - 3 hours.

   Making the tandoori prawns

  1. Using Oven :- if you use wooden sticks then soaked them in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the Oven at 240°C for at least 15 minutes and line a baking tray with aluminum foil and place a rack over it.
  3. Bring the marinated prawns and start  to thread the prawns one by one in the shewer. Keep a minimum gap between  them while threading.
  4. Place the tray inside the oven and grill them for 10 minutes.
  5. After 7 minutes remove the tray and  brush some butter over the prawns and place the shewer over the rack and cook for last 3 minutes or till crisp  golden.
  6. Serve them hot sprinkling some chat masala over them with green mint chutney or sauce.
  7. Below you can read how to cook the prawns using a charcoal tandoor and  over a Tawa or pan.
       Nutritional value :- ( amount per serving) 
  • Calories :-  163 kcal
  • Fats :-  5g | saturated fats :-  3 g
  • Carbohydrate :- 3 g | protein :- 25 g
  • Fiber :- 1 g
Serving tips 

• You can serve green chutney ( cilantro mint sauce) with tandoori prawns or shrimp.  Lachcha onion and lemon wedges are also served along with it.

• Though it is served as an appetizer or snacks, you can served it along with your main course as a side dish also.  It goes well with fish curry and steam rice as a side dish.

• Tandoori garlic naan or butter naan are often served along with it.

Recipe notes 

• While cooking the prawns using oven or tawa or pan , discard the excess marination.

• It is good to use a kitchen towel while handling the Shewer.

• Kashmiri chilly paste is used give it the desired colour. It is not hot and spicy.

• It is recommended to use carom seeds while cooking seafoods . Carom seeds are good digestive agents.

Below you can read the full recipe with step by step method and photos for making tandoori prawns recipe for a better understanding......

Fresh pieces of prawns (shrimps) for Tandoori prawns Recipe
Prawns


Preparation

1. First we need to peel and devein the prawns. To peel the prawns, remove the head and legs. Peel the shell from the prawns. Squeeze the tail to remove it from the body if desired.

Peeled prawns (shrimps) for Tandoori prawns Recipe
Peeled prawns

2. To devein prawns use a small sharp knife. Make a slit along the middle of the back to expose the black vein . Pull out the vein

Deveined prawns for Tandoori prawns Recipe
deveined prawns

3. Wash and clean them using running cold water. Let them pat dry using a kitchen towel or tissue napkins.
4. Marinate them using half of the lemon juice, chilli powder and salt. If you want spicy shrimps then increase the amount of chilli powder (cayenne pepper) for the recipe.
Marinated prawns with red chilli powder salt lemon juice for Tandoori prawns Recipe
First marination

5. Take a mixing bowl, add the yogurt, red chilly paste, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder,carom seeds, garam masala,chat masala and salt . Mix them very well using a Whisk. Add the remaining oil and lemon juice and mix.
6. These mixture is known as Tandoori masala which is used to marinate and cook the prawns.
To know more about how to make tandoori red masala check the below link :-

How to make Tandoori masala

7. Mix the first marinated prawns with this tandoori masala and let it refrigerated for 60 minutes to marinate and absorb all the flavours. You can keep them marinated for overnight as well for the best results.

Prawns mix with tandoori masala for Tandoori prawns Recipe
Mix with tandoori masala

8. Take iron Shewer and shew them into the Shewer leaving small  gaps between them.

Shewered prawns for Tandoori prawns Recipe
In Shewer

9. Now place the Shewer inside a preheated tandoor and cooked for about 7 minutes. Apply some butter while cooking the jhinga at a regular intervals to keep them moist if necessary. When the prawns become crisp golden from all sides remove them from the shewer and serve .

Cooking prawns over charcoal Tandoor for Tandoori prawns Recipe
Cooking over charcoal Tandoor

10. Serve them hot squeezing some lemon juice and chat masala over them. They goes best with green mint chutney.

 Prawns are generally cooked in short time.
 You can  cook them using preheated Oven also. Brush your baking tray with some oil or butter and place the prawns and cook them for 15 minutes.

Tandoori prawns using tawa 

1. Alternatively you can cook tandoori prawns on a tawa or non stick pan easily at your home.
2. Before cooking the prawns on tawa , remove and discard the excess marinate from the prawns.
3.  Heat 1 teaspoon of oil  on the  tawa in high flame to make it  non sticky for about half a minute.
4. Now slow the flame and place the marinated prawns or jhinga  one by one on the tawa and cook for 1 minute.
5. After 1 minute flip the prawns to another side and cook for 1 minute .
6. When the prawns become crisp golden on both sides remove them and start to cook next batches of prawns.

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