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Easy Prawn Thokku / Eral Thokku / இறால் தொக்கு

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The only person who eats prawns in my home is the husband. And I learnt this easy thokku from him when we stayed oversees. He calls this thokku as bachelor thokku and as the name suggests. It is very easy to make and needs usual everyday ingredients.

It tastes good when served hot. If you want to store it for future use, use oil generously so that it can have long shelf life. When adding oil, the taste and consistency does not change much. Both fresh or frozen prawns can be used for making this thokku. The prawns usually cooks faster, so only after the gravy is cooked well and oozes oil, add the prawns.


Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 5 minutes + 10 for prawn cleaning

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2

The Making video of this thokku is available at Indian Curry Trail YouTube Channel.


Gingelly oil – 3 tsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Onion – ½ cup, finely chopped

Green chillie – 1

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Tomato – ½ cup, chopped

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder -1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Small prawns –3/4 cup, cleaned

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp, finely chopped


1) Clean prawns. chop onion and tomato.

2) In a pan, heat gingelly oil.

3) Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Let it splutter.


4) Add onion, green chilli and curry leaves.

5) Saute till the onion becomes soft and translucent.


6) Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.

7) Add tomato and continue sauteing till it becomes mushy.

8) Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well.


9) When the oil oozes out from the gravy, add cleaned prawn.

10) Cover and cook for few minutes.


11) Prawn leaves out water while cooking. Remove the lid and gently mix well.


12) Continue cooking the prawn without the lid till the oil oozes out from the gravy.

13) Once the gravy becomes thick or reached the desired consistency, turn the flame off.


14) Garnish with coriander leaves.

15) Serve hot.

Serving Suggestion:

1) This prawn thokku goes well with the steamed rice for lunch.

2) Prawn thokku can be served as a side dish for idly or dosa for breakfast as well.

3) It goes well with chapathi/roti.



1) The red chilli powder I usedin this recipe is fiery hot and hence I added only 1 tsp. Adjust this according to your taste or as per the spicy level. Kashmiri chilli powder works well for this thokku.

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