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Eral Fry, Spicy prawn fry recipe

Recipe for simple and spicy South Indian style prawn fry with black pepper and curry leaves. Recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


  • 1 cup regular idli-dosa batter
  • few teaspoon of besan (optional)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 200 grams medium sized prawns
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Tooth pics for skewer


  1. Wash, clean and devein the prawns. Take a toothpick and insert into the tail end of the prawn. The tooth pick will help the prawn hold its shape when fried in oil. Prawns have a tendency to curl when cooked.
  2. Take a bowl and add in a cup of thick idli-dosa batter. To the batter add in the salt, black pepper powder, chopped curry leaves, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and a teaspoon of thick ginger garlic paste. Mix well to combine.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai until hot. Dip the prawns toothpick skewer in the dosa batter and shake off any excess. Add in the prawns to the hot oil.
  4. Fry till the prawns are golden.
  5. Serve hot with some lime / lemon wedges.


Note: I soak the toothpick in water for an hour and then use it to skewer the prawns. Otherwise the prawns will not release easily after deep fried in oil.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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