Prawns sidedish (Sungta upkari)

I started this week as a ‘sea food’ week and already I am at the end of it. Still there are so many recipes to be posted, but may be some other time.

This is one of aayi’s dishes. Everyone at home and the guests who have tasted this, loves this. This has a sweetish taste to it because of the onions and prawns.This dish comes under easy-to-prepare dishes list. If you want to cook something very delicious dish and don’t have much time, go for this one. This needs hardly 10-15mins and you will have the dish ready.

Prawns 1 and 1/2 cups
Onions 3/4th cup
Tomatoes 1/2 cup
Ginger piece 1″
Green chillies 2-3
Coriander leaves 2-3 strands
Turmeric a pinch
Oil 1 tea spn

Heat oil and fry onions and finely chopped ginger till onions turn translucent(Do not brown the onions ).
Add green chillies and tomato. Fry for 5 mins. Now add prawns, turmeric and salt. Fry for around 5mins.
Add chopped coriander, cover and cook till completely done. (The prawns turn to white when they are cooked).

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 15min

17 Comments for “Prawns sidedish (Sungta upkari)”



shilpa u made my day,its raining heavily here and nothing like this to feel good abt the rough weather.i have the aroma in my dining room.
kudos to u.


hey i found such a nice site even i found some more site but i think that will be not good if i give here the link but all the best for your site


Hi Shilpa, wanted to try your’s babycorn lollypop, but couldn’t find them in our stores.
Linked you on my blog, have a look.




Thanks Lakshmi. I too searched a lot for babycorn in almost all the shops. But no use :(. The babycorn lollipops taste heavenly. I think I have to wait till my next visit to India to cook & take the picture of this dish :(.
Thanks Mamta.
Thanks Sarika. Ofcourse you can give the links in my site. I will be happy to visit them all :).
Tony, hope you like my prawn recipe. Just give it a try.


Hi shilpa,

Nice pictures.. i am going to try mangalore fish masala today. We in qatar, are not getting prawns for sometime.. i am eager to try you prawn side dish also..

your recipe real real authentic..



Hi Shilpa,
I tried the recipe ,it came out very well, but it was not dry as showed in the pic.
I didn’t add any water n followed the step as you have mentioned but the prawns were leaving water while cooking , plz explain why?

Thanks , in advance.

Shilpa: Cook for little longer and water gets absorbed. If you are using frozen shrimp, make sure you bring them to room temperature and squeeze them to remove all water.

Zeenath A. Rahim


Hi Shilpa, Love your site & being from Kerala love the recipes that you give.
I would appreciate knowing whether the quantity for shrimp in the recipe “prawn sidedish – Sungta upkari” is for whole shrimp or whether it is measured after shelling & cleaning. If it is 1 1/2 cups of whole shrimp with the shell then of course the quantity will be much less after shelling & cleaning. Hope you wont mind clarifying this point.
Thanks for the wonderful & quick recipes that you take so much of trouble & hard work to post along with the photos which naturally make it much easier to recreate.

Wish you all success always. Zeenath Rahim, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shilpa: Cleaned shrimp.



Hi Shilpa,
I tried your recipe was yummy.I made a few modifications in it the second time.
I skipped the tomatoes and added kokam to it. Turned out good…Cheers



Hi Shilpa

This is the 2nd recipe I’ve tried from your website (1st was the oil less Mlr Fish Fry). I like the simple recipes you post. For a newbie for N.Veg cooking, things turned out pretty fine thanks to you.


Anuh Shiroor


Yummy, I am known for my fish recipes and your name will head this one in my recipe book. It is so tasty. I used half cooking oil and half coconut oil. Yum,yum,yum.

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