Spicy Vermicelli Prawns

Spicy Vermicelli Prawns

These spicy vermicelli prawns which are also known as Prawns Semiya Biryani is a staple at our home. We make this for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day. This recipe basically requires very few ingredients and is a super easy one that can be tried by amateur cooks who want to prepare meals and doesn't require a lot of your time.
You can find ready-made or already roasted vermicelli available in markets. If you did not find them, the vermicelli or semiya are first dry roasted in a pan. And in a separate medium-sized deep-pan, chopped onions are sauteed with curry leaves, green chilies, and ginger-garlic paste, which is then accompanied with some chopped tomatoes. These are the fundamental steps in Indian cooking to prepare curries or gravies of any kind. Meanwhile fry or cook the prawns in some water, prawns that are marinated in salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, and some curry leaves. Once the onion masala is done, you will now add in spices like turmeric, chilli powder and garam masala powder and allow to cook in chicken stock/ prawn stock. Next, add your pre-roasted vermicelli/semiya and mix well now add water required to cook the vermicelli and finally add the prawns that were cooked earlier and finish off with a squeeze of lemon.

Doesn't it sound simple? Well, it's super spicy and delicious too. If you plan to feed the kids this yummy dish, add lesser chilli and chilli powder. If you love spicy food with seafood, this is definitely for you! 

Whenever I have them, I keep sweating due to the heat from the piping hot fiery vermicelli prawns, but its fun to eat it that way, that is like I said if you love spicy food. I am someone who loves both spicy and sweet food. Somewhat the same recipe can be substituted for semolina and it works just fine for rava biryani. As it is the eve of the Holy month of Ramadan I am sure this will make one lovely dish to try instead of a fried snack for iftar.
Do you love spicy food? If yes, comment below! 

Without further ado let's get started!


For the prawns:
  • 10-12 prawns cleaned and deveined
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt, as required 
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil 

For the Vermicelli:
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Vermicelli
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 Maggi chicken cube/ 1/2 glass chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Fry or cook the prawns that have been marinated in the spices under for the prawns in the ingredients list.
  2. Dry roast the vermicelli
  3. In a deep medium-sized pan, sautee chopped onions, curry leaves, slit green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and allow the raw smell to disappear.
  4. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and give a mix and close the lid and allow to cook for a minute.
  5. Next add the spices -  turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala powder, and saute for 30 seconds on the lowest flame.
  6. Add fresh chicken stock water and/ prawns stock water and add the pre-roasted vermicelli and add water which includes the stock water that has been added already.
  7. Now add the cooked/ fried prawns and give it a mix and allow to cook on sim for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Finally, add the lemon juice and you are done!

Enjoy hot with a cup of hot sulaimani/ black tea.

  • If you like the vermicelli texture to be soggy kind add more water while cooking the vermicelli.
  • Fry or cook the prawns for no more than 5- 6 minutes.
  • You may try the same with chicken too.

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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