How to make …… Eral Thokku (Prawn Gravy)

When distant relatives send us letters, they often write about the prawn curry we make at home, and how the mere memory of it makes them drool. Here’s the recipe for the dish:


Oil :100 ml
Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
2 strands of curry leaves
Onion (finely chopped) : 250 gm
Ginger Garlic Paste : 3 tsp
Tomatoes (finely chopped): 200 gm
Chilli powder: 2 tsp
Coriander powder: 4 tsp
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Prawn: 500 gm
water: 1/2 cup
Onion (sliced arches): 250 gm
Salt to taste




Marinate the prawns for about an hour with a blend of ginger-garlic paste, salt and turmeric.

On medium to high heat, heat oil in a pan until it is simmering. Add fennel seeds, curry leaves and finely chopped onion. Sprinkle some salt, spread them out evenly over the pan and let them cook. When the onions turn translucent, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté until the raw smell disappears. Add tomatoes and sprinkle some more salt to help it cook faster. When the tomatoes are well-cooked, add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt, and stir.

Add the marinated prawn to this mixture and let it cook in its own juice. Then, add just half a cup of water to the curry and allow it to boil.

Now, here’s the part that makes this dish so tasty: slice some onions vertically into arches and add it to this boiling pan of prawn curry. The onions will absorb all the water, turning the broth into a semi-gravy in seconds.

On medium-high heat, the gravy will start sticking to the pan. Using a spoon, remove the layer of curry sticking to the sides and add it to the curry, continuously for about 20 minutes, until the reddish prawn curry turns into thick, dark brown gravy (thokku).

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