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Prawn Gud Gud Fry | Sungta Gudgudaunchi

Super delicious prawn gud gud fry is made with a few basic ingredients and tastes so finger lickin' good no matter what you serve it with - rice, neer dosa, dosa or pulao. You can even serve it as a party starter/appetizer
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mangalorean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Shireen Sequeira @ www.ruchikrandhap.com


  • 500 grams approx 20 large prawns, cleaned & deveined * see notes
  • 1 big onion finely sliced
  • 1 ball (gooseberry size tamarind or 2-3 teaspoons of thick tamarind paste)
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil for shallow frying

For the masala:

  • 3 long dry byadge chillies
  • 3-4 kashmiri chillies
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder


  • Wash the deveined prawns in a couple of changes of water and allow to drain on a colander.
  • Soak the ball of tamarind in 2-3 tablespoons of water for 7-10 minutes and extract a thick juice.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under 'For the masala' to a powder. Rinse the mixer jar with 1/4 cup of water and reserve it.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the onions till golden.
  • Reduce the heat completely and add the ground spice powder and quickly toss it about. Add the tamarind water and cook the masala on a high heat. Add the reserved masala water in parts
  • Add the prawns and fry for 5-6 minutes (only if large prawns are used - if small ones are used 2 minutes are enough) on a medium high heat till the prawns are tender and juicy and the masala is thick and the oil starts to separate. Remove from the heat.
  • Serve hot with rice and dal


Traditionally for this recipe prawns without the head, tail & legs are used (the shell is kept intact) but we prefer completely cleaned prawns and hence I used them.
500 grams is the weight of the prawns after being shelled and deveined. The weight before cleaning is approx 1kg. I used fresh prawns, you can use frozen ones too.
Perfectly cooked prawns are those that are tender to the bite, juicy and taste absolutely fresh. Overcooked prawns are hard and chewy and a nightmare to swallow. The thumb rule for cooking prawns (and squid) is '2 minutes or 2 hours' meaning, they should either be cooked for just 2 minutes or if you cross that mark then you need to cook them really really long. However, this is just a guide, the cooking time will slightly vary depending on the size of the prawns. For really small ones, cook on a high heat for just 2 minutes. For jumbo/tiger prawns you may need to extend the cooking time to 5 minutes or so.