Prawns in Kerala are called chemmeen. This a delicious Kerala Style Prawn curry with a good amount of spice. We had this delicious curry for our lunch with steamed rice.

For the Marination

300 Grams  Fresh Prawns - shelled, de veined   
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/4 Teaspoon Chilly powder

1/4 Teaspoon  Salt 
For the gravy
1 Medium Onion – sliced 
1 Teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
A Sprig Curry leaves – 1 sprig
1 Large Tomato –  finely chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Heaped Chilly Powder
1 Teaspoon Coriander powder

1/4 Teaspoon  Pepper powder
2 Pieces of Kokam 

1/4 Teaspoon  Mustard seeds
2 Tablespoons  Oil
Salt to taste

Wash and clean the prawns. Marinate the prawns for 15 minutes.

For the Gravy

Heat  oil a clay pot or  pan, add the mustard seeds when they splutter add the onion, ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves. Saute for a few minutes or until onion turns light golden. Add the tomato , chilly, corainder, turmeric and pepper powders , saute till the tomato turns mushy and oil separates. Next add a cup of water ( or according to gravy consistency), kokam pieces and  salt. Bring  it to a boil  cover and cook till oil surfaces. Add the prawns. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until done.  Take off flame and enjoy with steamed rice. 

My Note:

I cook fish in a clay pot which in Kerala is called meen chatti.
You can adjust the spices according to your taste

Sending this to Fish Friday Foodie - Host of the month's event is  Caroline Williams  - theme a fish dish  with a bit of spice. Thank you Caroline for hosting this event.

Labels : Prawns, Kerala, Spicy, Fish Friday

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  1. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing it with #FishFridayFoodies.

  2. This looks so good. I don't know what Kokam is, so am going to go and google it.

  3. This sounds delicious!!

  4. This looks and sounds delicious - I have been meaning to try more Keralan style food and this is now definitely on the list.

  5. Sounds wonderful! I bet your sauce would taste great on any seafood!

  6. This sounds so good. I had to look up kokam but I'm sure I can find it on Amazon.