Home ยป Prawn Masala

Prawn Masala

Prawn Masala 1

When we run out of naan, it’s time to go to Sam’s Club. Naan our local grocery store is about $2/slice. Naan at Sam’s Club is about $0.33 a slice. Considering Mr. Prevention likes some entrée to go with his naan, we go through it at a rapid pace.

Occasionally, when I’m feeling extra sweet, I’ll ask hubby what he’d like to have for dinner in the upcoming week. Other than suggesting SOMETHING buffalo saucy, he’ll always request Indian food.

Prawn Masala 2

As a lover of Chicken Tikka Masala, I’ve made many different versions of the recipe. Some are charred, some have been crock pot. Some have definitely been sub-par and some have been rather good.

Of course it’s never quite that restaurant, heavy cream kind of goodness, but for an at-home rendition, most have been more than acceptable. Not that we’re connoisseurs, but we definitely enjoy Indian food from time to time.

Prawn Masala 3

When an Indian restaurant FINALLY opened in our little town, we were beyond excitement. In fact, we went there for my birthday…8 months ago, but have only been back once since. For carry-out.

I guess my at-home Indian hits the spot and for a change, we tried Prawn Masala and will definitely make it again. The dried chiles add deep flavor without too much heat. A little heavy cream and fresh dill finished off the dish with the perfect touch.

Prawn Masala 4

Prawn Masala
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 dried arbol chile, stemmed and torn into pieces
  • 1 dried ancho chile, stemmed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced (or 1 Tbsp ginger paste)
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  1. In a food processor, blender, or mini food prep, pulse the dried arbol chiles and dried ancho chile until about half is finely ground. Note: there will likely be some larger pieces/flakes. Strain the chiles and reserve the fine powder. Repeat if necessary in order to obtain 2 teaspoons.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the turmeric, garam masala, and the 2 teaspoons of the ground chile powder to the skillet. Saute the mixture for 30 seconds, then add the can of diced tomatoes. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and return to a simmer; cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook, stirring gently, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, then add the heavy cream and fresh dill. Let the mixture simmer, for 2 minutes more, stirring gently.
Recipe adapted from Aarti Sequeria on Food Network
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~ 1 cup Calories: 278 Fat: 13.3 Carbohydrates: 6.7 Sugar: 3.2 Sodium: 541 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 26.2 Cholesterol: 207
Be well,


Share With Your Friends!


  1. February 10, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I once worked with a woman who is Indian who told me never to skip on the heavy cream for a masala dish and I couldn’t agree more. I quit my job Monday – I am here until the end of the month, but my boss asked if I could make one of her favorite dishes which is chicken tikka masala – so I am making that tonight for lunch tomorrow – I haven’t made it in so long!

  2. Nancy
    February 10, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I love Indian food too and make America’s Test Kitchen chicken tikki masala at home. I was disappointed in my supermarket’s naan, so now we just call in an order for naan at our nearby Indian restaurant and run over and pick it up to complement our meal.

  3. February 11, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Hi Nicole –
    I’ve never thought about prawns in tikki masala. I’m always afraid of making Indian food because I’d hate to mess up all of the different flavors. What would you consider to be a good introductory recipe?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

Get my newest recipes
Follow Me