Jul 19, 2013

Shrimp Thokku | Yera Thokku | Prawn Thokku

Shrimp Thokku is a full-flavored spicy thick gravy made with seasoned shrimps. This recipe is prepared in Chennai style. My mother -in-law makes this recipe all the time and that's how I learnt it from her. It is onion-tomato based gravy cooked till perfection along with different spices added. It tastes best when served with steamed rice.

If you like crustaceans then this is the recipe you would yearn for!! 


20-25 Srimp, deveined
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato finely chopped
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1 sprig of Curry leaves
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
small piece of Ginger, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp Sambar powder (or)  1 tsp coriander powder & 1 tsp Red Chili powder
5 tsp Oil


  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat oil; add mustard seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves
  • Add onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until it turns transparent
  • Add turmeric powder and sambhar powder. Give it a toss
  • Then add tomatoes. Saute until oil separates out from rest of the ingredients
  • Add Shrimp and adjust salt as per taste. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until gravy thickens and shrimp is completely cooked
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with steamed rice or chapathi

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