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Tandoori Prawns served with mango chutney, onions and lemon in a black plate.

The Best Tandoori Prawns

The best tandoori prawn with a recipe for an easy marinade that only takes a few minutes. This Indian appetizer is grilled which lends it a smoky flavor.
Course Snacks & Appetizers
Cuisine Indian
Diet Halal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 245kcal
Author Richa


  • Oven


For the Marinade

  • ¼ cup Hung Curd
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger Garlic Paste heaping
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder heaping
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Lemon Juice of
  • Salt to taste

For the Prawns

  • 12 Prawns deveined and cleaned (I used Medium sized)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter Melted
  • 1 Mango ripe ,peeled and chopped for the Mango Chutney
  • 1 Lemon Juice of
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Flakes optional
  • Chat Masala and chopped Coriander for Garnish


  • Add all the ingredients listed under marinade to a bowl, and combine.
  • Add prawns to the marinade and set aside. I recommend marinating these for at least half an hour and up to two hours for better flavor.
  • In the meanwhile, to make the mango chutney, blend mangoes, lemon juice and salt in a blender till pureed. Add the chopped coriander and pulse for 5 seconds till you see bright green specks. Sprinkle with chili flakes if using.
  • Oven Method
  • Once the prawns have finished marinating, pre-heat oven to 220 degree celcius.
  • Skewer the prawns using the equipment provided with your oven, brush them with melted butter and grill for 10-12 minutes. Brush once more at 5 minutes and then right before serving.
  • Stovetop Method
  • Alternatively, if you don't have an oven, heat a grill pan on the stove. Add some butter to the pan.
  • Once hot, arrange prawns on the pan so that they don't overlap and sear on high heat for a minute on either side.
  • After one minute, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 more minutes. Prawns cook pretty quickly so be careful about the cooking time. Brush once more with butter right before serving.
  • To Serve
  • Sprinkle with chat masala and chopped coriander and serve with the mango chutney.


  1. The cooking time may change by a minute or two depending on the size of prawns.
  2. If you don't have a grill pan for the stove top method, use a regular pan but there won't be any grill marks.
  3. Tandoori Chicken or Prawns are usually red in color due to added food coloring. None of that stuff has been used in this recipe.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1565IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3mg