Mini shrimps

Karandis are baby prawns or mini shrimps.  Karandi masala is a semi-dry preparation which pairs well with rice bhakris or chapatis. Amongst seafood, prawns holds a special place in the heart of most non-vegetarians. There are variety of dishes prepared with prawns like prawns curry, prawns balchao, prawns pulao, Chilly garlic prawns etc.  Mini shrimps/Karandi  are very often used to make cutlets . Karandi masala is a semi dry preparation made with mini prawns and spices. Here’s the recipe:


1 ½ cup of baby prawns, shelled
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tbsp cumin-coriander powder
¾ tsp garam masala
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt as per taste

Mini shrimps


  • Wash the baby prawns.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the prawns.
  • Add 1 tsp red chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix well.
  • Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan .
  • Add cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds start crackling, add chopped onions and chopped green chillies.
  • Saute till the  onions turn golden brown and aromatic.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the marinated prawns, remaining chilly powder, cumin-coriander powder and  garam masala. Give a mix.
  • Cook covered for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Mini prawns does not take long to cook.
  • Add chopped coriander and mix.
  • Add salt if required. 
  • Turn off the flame.
  • Add lime juice and give a mix.
  • Serve hot with rice bhakris.


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