Prawn Masala

Did you ever think what someone would make of your youtube viewing history and browsing history if they ever got hold of that information? I am not talking about cookies and sophisticated algorithms that place an ad for the vacuum cleaner you looked up on Amazon on every site you visit. They do a pretty good job of profiling you.

Prawn masala

I am talking about what a real person would make of it when he goes through your internet activities. It’s worse than having someone go through your diary. If someone were to profile me purely on my internet activity with no prior knowledge about me, here is how I think it will go:

Instagram feed is chock-full of runny eggs, stretchy cheese, melting chocolate
Fat glutton – Not totally inaccurate, but I am only eating raita today

Watches a ton of nail art videos
Nail artist, Has pretty nails – The last manicure was about a year back before a marriage. Has the shortest convent-cut, trimmed to the max nails. Is simply mesmerized by the nail art videos.

Likes every funny baby video out there
Mommy – Yes

Prawn masala

Watches tamil cinema songs, Shinchan, Home Décor DIYs, Craft DIYs, Cleaning DIYs, Shaun the Sheep, Ted talks, tamil comedy youtube channels
Is a local tamil person with tamil sensibilities – Yes
Is a child at heart – Has unruly kids at home
Is an enthusiastic DIYer. Does everything on her own – Mannangatti! Translates to No. Likes DIYers and secretly wishes husband can be that all-in-all DIYer.

Has thoroughly researched cleaning products, brooms, mops & brushes
Part of the housekeeping team – Not really, kind of… at home

Uses Google maps regularly for a lot of the same places near and far
Maybe a part-time ola/uber driver – Is Dory’s real life character, cannot remember directions

Overall, you see it is a fun exercise and not totally off the mark. Try imagining what your online profile will look like to others. If you do try this exercise, share your comments. I’d love to hear.

I also realized that my blog is being perceived as a mostly non-vegetarian blog. Funny, how that came about. I would have thought I blog more vegetarian recipes than non-vegetarian recipes in general. I am surprised.I don’t want to deliberately share a vegetarian recipe now in order to prove my point. So I’ll go ahead and share the prawn masala recipe that was part of my original plan for today. Now just because I’ve shared a non-vegetarian recipe, I hope people don’t think that way.

Prawn masala

The recipe to this prawn masala is super simple and dumb-easy. You cannot possibly go wrong with this recipe. This prawn masala employs the very basic building block of everyday tamil cooking – the onion-tomato thokku (masala). Just cook up this masala and toss prawns into it and wait for the magic to happen. This prawn masala is great with ghee rice or with rice & kuzhambu, sambar or even rasam. Enjoy!

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Prawn masala

Prawn masala

Juicy, succulent and lipsmacking delicious prawn masala!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 3 people


  • 700 gm prawns, cleaned and deveined
  • 2 Onions, chopped fine
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 3-4 tbsp Coconut oit (or other cooking oil)


  • Clean and devein prawns. Set aside. Grind ginger and garlic to a paste. Set aside.
  • To a large kadai or pan, add oil. When oil turns hot add the mustard seeds and let splutter.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry until they start turning golden around the edges. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and fry until they turn mushy. Add turmeric, salt and chilli powder and about half a cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  • Tip in the cleaned, deveined prawns. Mix well. Cover and lower heat to medium-low. Cook for about 10-12 minutes checking in between and stirring the prawn masala.
  • Open the lid, turn heat to high and cook until the masala is nice and thick. Make sure to constantly scrape the bottom of the pan and mix everything up. Switch off. Serve hot! Enjoy!
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