Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chemmeen/ Prawns Curry With Kudampuli (Kerala Style)

Prawns Curry Kerala Style

  • Chemmeen/Prawns-18-20 nos
  • Ginger-1''piece,finely chopped/crushed
  • Garlic-5-7 pods(sliced)/crushed
  • Coconut bite size pieces-1/4cup
  • Chilly powder-2tbsp (As per tolerance level)
  • Turmeric powder-a couple of pinches
  • Kudampuli-2-3 pieces(add according to the sourness)
  • Mustard seeds-1/3tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds-1/3tsp
  • Curry leaves-2sprigs
  • water-as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil-1-2tbsp   

  • Clean and wash the prawns/chemmeen in water and drain it.
  • Make a paste of chilly powder and turmeric powder with 2-3tbsp of water.keep aside. 
  • Cook coconut pieces with water,salt and 1 piece of kudampuli.
  • Heat coconut oil in an earthenware/clay pot or a heavy bottomed pan.Splutter mustard seeds followed by fenugreek seeds.
  • Now add ginger and garlic and stir for few minutes.Add the chilly-turmeric paste and saute till the raw smell goes off or till the oil separates on the top of the paste.
  • Add kudampuli along with sufficient water.Add curry leaves.Bring it to a boil at medium heat.Add the prawns.Now add salt and mix well.
  • Add the cooked coconut pieces .Cover and cook for 10-20 minutes on a medium-low heat or until it is done and the gravy is thick.Switch off the heat.Sprinkle 1tsp coconut oil and a few curry leaves.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes before serving.It helps the prawns to absorb the flavors.
    Prawns / Chemmeen Curry 

Serve with hot plain Rice and Kaya/Yam Mezhukkupuratti .....Enjoy!!!

Happy Cooking!!!


  1. Yummyilicious and fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

    1. Hi Priya,
      Thanks for the lovely comment...Glad that you liked it....


  2. This is so good. That gravy and prawns has a splash of awesome flavors and taste. What a perfect dish to be paired with rice.

    1. Hi Nav,
      Yeah It's a good side dish with rice.....DO a try and let me know the feedback...


  3. Hi
    this is the 1st tym I passed by ur blog...my hus always used to say tht he wants prawns curry with coconut bites...cos his mom used to make & tht was his fav...I searched in google many tyms but I always end up finding recipes with coconut milk....but my hus wanted this kind....I tired out many ways but in vain my hus used to say tht mom kind of taste is not thr.....today I came across ur recipe...My hus loved it & it came out to be superb......THANKS A LOT...

    1. Thanks Merina for leaving a wonderful comment.Glad that your hubby liked my recipe...


  4. Thanks very much sini ,greately appretiated.


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