Prawns Rawa Fry (Semolina Batter-Fried Prawns)


  • Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 4 hrs
  • Cook: 15 mins

Prawns rawa fry is a spicy, crispy Indian dish made with prawns, which are large shrimp or other crustaceans. The dish is particularly popular in Goa, a state in southwest India that abuts the Arabian Sea. Bloggers from Goa note that no Goan thali -- or Indian meal -- is complete without rawa fried fare, such as rawa fry prawns.

Rawa -- also pronounced " rava" -- is the Indian term for grain. Semolina is coarsely ground durum (hard wheat), a byproduct in the manufacture of fine flour, which is used for making pasta, puddings, and breakfast cereals.

For this tasty recipe, you'll first marinate the prawns in a mixture of ginger garlic, green chilies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and let them sit for several hours. Then you'll coat the prawns with a combination of semolina and breadcrumbs, before deep-frying them. This dish is perfect to serve as an appetizer for your next party.


  • 20 king prawns
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 3 green chilies (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 grams bread crumbs
  • 250 grams rawa (semolina)
  • Vegetable oil (or canola/sunflower oil) for deep-frying
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges, for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Clean the prawns, devein and wash them. Leave the tails on. Pat them dry.

  2. Mix the ginger garlic, green chilies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and marinate the prawns in this mixture for three to four hours.

  3. Mix the flour and eggs in a bowl and blend to remove any lumps.

  4. Mix the breadcrumbs and rawa (semolina) on a flat plate.

  5. Dip the prawns in the batter, roll them in the breadcrumb-semolina mix to coat nicely and deep-fry them until they are golden.

  6. Garnish the dish with a squeeze of lemon and serve it with mint-coriander chutney.

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