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My kids absolutely loves this prawn puri recipe.

Prawn Puri

Enjoy! I know you will

I’ve been asked so many times for a good prawn puri recipe. It seems that everyone who enjoys a good curry loves these treats. A nice crispy puri with a mild prawn sauce that has just a bit of bite… Amazing!

Lately I’ve been making these quite often as my kids can’t seem to get enough of them. The deal is that if I make them on a friday, they have to go for a long family walk on Saturday. It actually works.

If you are serving these for a dinner party, I recommend making them an hour or two before everyone arrives. The puris are best served right out of the oil but few people will know this. Just keep them in a low oven or heat them up in the microwave right before serving.

No dinner host wants to be stood over a hot deep fat fryer when there are guests in the house.

The curry can be made up to a day ahead of time. I like to brown the prawns in hot ghee first. The colour adds nicely to the presentation.

Yield: 4

An Easy And Tasty Prawn Puri Recipe

Prawn Puri
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 puris
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 800g small fresh peeled prawns
  • 2 tennis ball sized onions finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3 green chillies finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 small bunch finely chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the ghee or oil in a large pan or wok.
  2. When hot, add the prawn and brown them on the outside until they are about 80% cooked through. Remove the prawns from the pan and set aside.
  3. Now add the remaining ghee or oil to the pan and toss in your chopped onions. Fry for about 5 minutes stirring regularly until the onions are translucent and breaking apart a bit.
  4. Add  your chopped tomatoes and stir to combine. Continue frying for about five more minutes. The onions and tomatoes will begin to break down to make a sauce.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and then the chopped chillies (if using) the garam masala and the cumin.
  6. In go the prawns and just enough water to almost cover them. 100ml should do fine. Reduce the sauce as the prawns cook to your desired consistency.
  7. To serve, squirt in the lime juice and add the chopped coriander.
  8. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Lay a warmed puri on each plate. Top with the prawn curry and serve.

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Thursday 14th of September 2017

Just made these 😋I am so happy.. Prawn puri is my absolute favourite.. And Now I can make them myself... Delicious 😋 thanks for the recipe.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Hi Gill

That's great to hear. Really glad you liked the recipe.

Thank you. Dan


Monday 12th of December 2016

Hi Dan,

Just made this and loved it, thank you! Tastes nearly the one from the take away but fresher,

Best wishes

Dan Toombs

Monday 12th of December 2016

Thanks Vita! Really happy you liked it. :-)



Thursday 29th of September 2016

Hi Dan where do you tend to purchase your prawns? I am struggling to find good ones. Thanks

Dan Toombs

Monday 3rd of October 2016

Hi Nasmin,

I have a great fishmonger nearby. Most frozen prawns at supermarkets will work just fine though.

Best, Dan


Friday 23rd of October 2015

Hi Dan, I am going to make prawn purée at the weekend for friends, never done it before as a starter. Instead of making the pure bread what can I buy as an alternative? The ingredients for the prawn look delicious so can't wait to try it!

Dan Toombs

Saturday 24th of October 2015

Hi Michelle

You could just serve the prawn curry over rice. It's just as good.

Thanks Dan

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