04 August 2014

Chemmeen Curry | Kerala Prawn Curry

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Chemmeen Curry

Kerala style Prawn curry using coconut milk.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4
  1. Prawn,cleaned- 250 to 300 gms
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  3. Onion,sliced - 1 large( about 1 cup)
  4. Green chilies,cut into two - 1 ( or according to taste)
  5. Ginger and garlic ,crushed - 1 tbsp
  6. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  8. Kashmiri chili powder- 1.5 to 2 tsp (or according to taste,See notes)
  9. Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
  10. Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp + 1 pinch
  11. Tomato,chopped- 1 large (about 3/4 cup)
  12. Thin coconut milk - 1 cup( or as required)
  13. Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
  14. Salt- To taste
  15. Oil- as required
  • Heat  oil in  a manchatti /pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Now add onion,green chilies,ginger garlic and curry leaves.

  • Saute until onion turns golden brown.Reduce the flame to low,add turmeric powder,kashmiri chili powder , coriander powder and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder.

  • Fry for about 30 seconds ,stirring continuously.Next add tomato and mix well.

  • Cook until tomato turns mushy and the masala starts to leave the sides of the pan.Next add cleaned prawns and salt to taste.Mix well.

  • Next add thin coconut milk  and stir well.Cover and cook  for about 12 to 15 minutes or until done and gravy turns thick.

  • Now add thick coconut milk and stir well.Cook for few minutes and bring it to just under a boil.Switch off the stove and add a pinch of garam masala and stir gently.

    • Adjust the quantity of Kashmiri chili powder according to your taste.I used about 2.5 tsp of Kashmiri chili powder as we wanted it a bit spicy.
    • Adjust the quantity of thin coconut milk according to the amount of gravy required. 


                      1. Wow - this looks amazing. I am love all those rich, savory colors and flavors! Pinned!

                      2. We tried this recipe, its really excellent.....!! Expecting more recipes, we tried almost all of your recipes. waiting for more.

                      3. വളരെ നന്നായിരിക്കുന്നു...
                        Thank you so much.. Karryleaves....

                      4. where can we buy boack manxhatti?

                      5. Tried it just now...yummilicious😋😋😋

                        1. Thank You Suchetha...
                          glad that you like it.
                          Happy cooking

                      6. Tried this recipe today and it was lip smacking! Even my lil fellow asked for second helping.. Thanks a ton for sharing

                        1. Thank you dear.so happy you lil one enjoyed it.

                      7. I cooked prawn curry using this recipe and it was just delicious. So easy to cook. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

                      8. I made this for a dinner party and it came out really well. Super easy to follow with great instructions. Highly recommended.


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