How to Cook Tandoori Style Prawns at Home

Posted on 13th June 2014

The coastal regions of India serve up an abundance of seafood, and prawns are commonly found in many dishes. Traditionally tandoori prawns are cooked in a tandoor oven, but if you would like to try and recreate them at home, this recipe explains how to do so using a frying fan.

You will need:

  • 4tbsp of natural yoghurt
  • 2.5cm cube of ginger, peeled and very finely grated
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled and mashed to a pulp
  • 5 tsp of lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp roasted and ground cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tsp of yellow food colouring, mixed with 1 tsp of red food colouring
  • 225g of frozen peeled prawns, defrosted and patted dry
  • 50g of unsalted butter
  • Method:

    1. Beat the yoghurt in a bowl with a fork or whisk until it is smooth and creamy. To that add the ginger, garlic, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, cumin seeds, garam masala and the food colouring. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.
    2. Push this mixture through a sieve into a second bowl. To this add the prawns, mix well and then set aside for 30 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the prawns, leaving all the marinade in the bowl.
    3. Melt the butter into a frying pan over a medium heat. Once the butter has fully melted, turn the heat to medium-high and pour in the marinade. Stir and fry until you have a thick bubbly sauce clinging to the bottom of the pan. Fold in the prawns and cook for a few minutes, stirring gently. Do not overcook the prawns and serve immediately.

    Of course if you really want to enjoy this dish, cooked in the traditional way with a Tandoor oven, the best option is to come and sample it at Chakra. To book a table simply call us on 020 7229 2115.

    Tandoori style prawns

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