Jhatpat Prawns

By now you would have seen that most of the recipes that I’ve shared with you are obviously not my creations, but definitely a part of my growing up years.

These are the recipes that have brightened up my days when Ma would cook up a delicious spread for the entire family. It was one time that brought us all together and we shared our day’s events, laughed, joked – and thankfully we did not have mobile phones at that time, so the phones would seldom ring during meal times!

I enjoy cooking for the sheer enjoyment of it and if I get bored – hey, there’s always a takeout!

This is one of those mundane days where I just wanted to pep up my mood minus the spice for lunch; so it’s slightly on the sweeter side, as I’ve omitted the heat of the black peppers, but I have added the naughtiness of the green chillies, the flirty colour of the red chillies and tomatoes for a tangy character.

I know, the photo looks rather messy, but I was hungry and when in hunger just cook and eat! Seriously, I still can’t think of a good title for this recipe, so far just calling it ‘Jhatpat Prawns’; try it, you may like it too!


  • Prawns – 250 gms, cleaned and deveined
  • Onion paste – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 medium coarsely chopped
  • Green chillies – 1 no.
  • Salt – to taste
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 3 – 5 nos. (optional)
  • Fresh coriander leaves – 1 – 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Mustard oil – 2 to 3 tbsp


  1. Heat mustard oil to smoking point and sauté the prawns until they change colour. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same oil add the onion paste, curry leaves and a broken green chillie.
  3. Fry until it changes colour, add the spice powders one by one and mix well.
  4. Now add the chopped tomatoes and a little water to help them blend.
  5. Drop in the semi cooked prawns and coat well.
  6. Check for seasoning, once done, add the chopped coriander and serve hot

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2 thoughts on “Jhatpat Prawns

  • December 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    is this an indonesian cuisine or indian cuisine? 🙂

    • December 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Hi there, it’s a quick fix Indian recipe, but you could add your Indonesian touch to it as well.


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