Tandoori Ajwain Prawns/Tandoori Carom Shrimps

tandoori prawn

As its summer,the best time to have barbecues at home.And what can be the best other than the delicious tandoori ajwain prawns.To add a  goodness of health and taste,I have added ajwain or carom seeds in my barbecue book today.

Though we all are aware,still sharing few of the multi-benefits of ajwain or carom seeds just in case. Ajwain or carom seeds helps in indigestion.It contains high levels of thymol, a chemical, which aids the release of gastric juices from the stomach and thus, speed up the process of digestion.It improves digestion during pregnancy or lactation.It relieves cough and asthma.And also keeps the heart healthy.

So without waste of time,let me share my recipe with you.

Preparation Time:15 minute(excluding marination)

Cooking Time:20 minutes or less

Serving:2(as it is irresistible and you tend to eat more)


200 gms Jumbo tiger prawns/shrimps(peeled and washed)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Ajwain or carom seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp yoghurt
1 tsp tandoori masala
1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tsp melted butter
4-5 wooden skewers

For garnish

8-10 Onion rings
4-5 lemon wedges
Chopped coriander leaves

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In a large boil,add all the ingredients(turmeric powder,carom seeds,red chilli powder,yoghurt,tandoori masala,juice from 1/2 cut lemon,chaat masala and ginger garlic paste) and mix well.Add the prawns and mix them well.Add 1 tsp of melted butter to the marination and cover it with a cling film or plastic.Marinate it overnight.
Soak the wooden skewers in hot water for 2-3 hours.
Once the prawns have marinated,take the skewers on insert the prawns one by one.
I had a small disposable instant barbecue with charcoals at home.This gave me an authentic charcoal flavoured tandoori ajwain prawns.I simply ignited the charcoal and placed my skewers over the given aluminium grill.It took hardly 10-15 minutes for the prawns to get barbecued.One can easily smell the flavours of charcoal and ajwain from the prawns.
You can grill theses in oven as well.
For oven,pre heat the oven at 200°C for 10 minutes.Place the skewers in the tray covered with aluminium foil and brush some melted butter over the prawns.Grill it for 8-10 minutes at 180°C.Turn off and flip the skewers to grill from the other end.Grill again for another 8-10 minutes.Keep a watch as the prawns need very less time to grill.

Once the prawns are cooked,place them in your serving plate.Squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle chaat masala over the tandoori prawns.

Garnish and serve hot with  coriander chutney or mint chutney.


Health benefits courtsey:thehealthsite.com


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