Royyala iguru recipe

Updated: August 7, 2022, By Swasthi

Royyala iguru recipe or prawn stir fry is one of the simplest of the prawns recipes that can be prepared in just 20 mins. This recipe is from my mom and it is almost the same as mushroom curry in andhra style that I posted earlier. These recipes are outstanding due to their simplicity and flavor that comes from the caramelized onions and garam masala.

royyala iguru recipe

To make royyala iguru, i don’t use tomato or coconut. This is a dry curry made by stir frying the prawns along with garam masala, red chilli powder until just cooked.

This goes well with plain rice or chapathi. You can make this anywhere from a dry version to a gravy. If you intend to make a dry curry, just evaporate all the gravy by cooking in an open pan. I soak the prawns in vinegar for about 2 to 3 mins and then wash to remove odor. This is optional.

If you are looking for a gravy, check the prawn curry here

For more prawn recipes, you can also check
Chilli prawns
Prawn biryani
Prawns pakoda
Prawn pulao

To make the best tasting prawn stir fry, always use fresh prawns that do not have odor. It is always good to consume fresh prawns and within 2 hours of cooking them.

You can also serve this prawn curry in sandwiches, wraps and kathi rolls.

Do not overcook prawns as they turn hard and rubbery. Switch off when they curl up well, meaning they are just cooked.

Royyala iguru recipe

royyala iguru

Royyala iguru

4.98 from 35 votes
A simple, hot and spicy andhra prawn stir fry or royyala iguru under 20 mins. This super quick to make and tastes delicious. Serve it with rice or roti.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams prawns or royyalu
  • 2 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 green chili slit or chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp cumin or jeera
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi
  • ½ tsp ginger garlic paste + ½ tsp. for marination
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder + ¼ tsp. for marination
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp oil adjust to suit your taste


  • Clean and wash prawns. Drain water thoroughly, marinate with ½ tsp. ginger garlic paste, ¼ tsp. red chili powder, little salt and lemon juice. Set this aside till you prepare the rest.

Making royyala iguru

  • Heat a pan with oil, add cumin, and curry leaves and green chili. Sauté till the curry leaves turn crisp
  • Add onions, sprinkle salt and fry till they turn golden, reduce the flame to minimum (sim), continue to fry till they caramelize. Take care not to burn them.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and give a quick stir. Since the onions are already caramelized the ginger garlic can get burnt. Take care
  • Add the marinated prawns and fry for 2 to 3 mins
  • Add the rest of the red chili powder, turmeric and garam masala. Give a good stir and fry for a min
  • Sprinkle some water just enough to bring in some moisture for the prawns to get cooked. I used almost 90 ml water.
  • Cover and cook on a medium flame till they are completely cooked. I understand them to be cooked when they curl up and turn pink or orange. If there is more water left, you can evaporate by cooking further without a lid
  • Garnish royyala iguru with coriander leaves

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Royyala iguru
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Cholesterol 210mg70%
Sodium 899mg39%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 29.3mg36%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
very testy recipe, i need more related recipes.

Tried the Royyala iguru recipe. Came out very well. Added some chopped tomatoes and fried onions. Had nice moist masala. Thankyou.

5 stars
Hello Swasthi planning to do this recipe today . How do we use Indian store fried onions in any of our curries ? Always wanted to find out how to use it in any dish? Thank you. I always like your measured recipes with other options.

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Thank you Swasthi. Very useful information.

5 stars

We have following you received from past 3 years and we are loving it. What we love the most is that your quantities are accurate.

We just need a suggestion, which prawns are good for iguru? Thank you ?

I started this lockdown with one of your recipes. Chicken biryani today I made this prawn recipe. Every dish turns out to be a winner. God bless

5 stars
I just made it. It smells and tastes good but it didn’t turn out red as yours and didn’t have much gravy. Does this mean I should add more water to it so that it turns into gravy?

5 stars
This is my new favorite meal. Easy and delicious with a good kick.

Thank you. Its Awesome,.

4 stars
Which vinegar do u use regurly for recipes?

5 stars
i love this recipes. so yummmmmm

i loved this,so yummmm

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Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe! 🙂

Hi swathi garu
I dont knw how to cook non veg. But my husband loves non veg. So i wanna cook for him. I want to know whether dry praws which we refrigerate can be used for iggaru curry or fresh praws shd be used.

Thank you swasthi garu for ur response..

Inviting and fabulous prawn curry. Bookmarked it! Your each and every recipe is lipsmacking dear.

Tempting prawn recipe…yummy..