Prawns sidedish (Sungta upkari)

Sungta Upkari
Sungta Upkari

This Sungta upkari isĀ one of my aayi’s signature dishes. Everyone at home and the guests who have tasted this, love 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 and don’t have much time, go for this one. This needs hardly 10-15mins and you will have the dish ready.

Although any kind of shrimps work well in this, the tiny ones taste the best. Here when I don’t find the tiny shrimp, I cut the large ones in small pieces and make this. It goes well with rice or chapatis.

The original recipe does not have tomatoes. It tastes great when you use loads of coriander leaves

Prawns sidedish (Sungta upkari)

Sungta upkari is shrimps cooked in onion, tomato mixture spiced with ginger and green chillies. Few coriander leaves take it to the next level.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 -3


  • 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
  • Salt


  • 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
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17 thoughts on “Prawns sidedish (Sungta upkari)”

  1. yippee,
    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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..

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.


  9. 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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