Monday, February 1, 2010

Chemmeen Varutharachathu (Prawns Curry)

Chemmmeeen... This is my most favorite sea food. I have a craze for medium sized prawns, whether it is fried, curry or any thing. When I make varutharacha chemmeen curry, I always run short of rice that day. :)

Chemmeen (Prawns) - 15 nos
Shallots - 10 nos (Chopped into fine pieces)
Onion - 1 medium (Chopped into fine pieces)
Tomato - 1 medium (Sliced into 4 parts)
Green Chillies - 3 (Split in half)
Ginger - 1 inch (Chop finely)
Garlic - 3 cloves (Chop finely)
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 t spoon
Chilly Powder - 1 1/2 t spoon
Coriander Powder - 1 1/2 t spoon
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - To taste
Cooking Oil - 2 1/2 table spoon

  1. Heat a pan and roast the grated coconut for around 6-8 minutes.
  2. When turns slightly brown add chilly powder (1 t spoon), coriander powder (1 t spoon) and stir well till coconut is completely roasted (Around 6-8 minutes). Keep it aside and allow it to cool. Then grind it in mixer and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Heat the man chatti (earthern pot) and add 1 1/2 table spoon cooking oil.
  4. Once heated add shallots, onion, green chillies and saute it well till onions and shallots are tender.
  5. Add salt, turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Add ginger and garlic and saute well.
  7. Add remaining (1/2 t spoon) red chilly powder and coriander powder and saute well.
  8. Add the cleaned prawns, sliced tomatoes and mix well.
  9. Add 1 cup of water and cover the chatti with lid and allow to cook over medium flame.
  10. Once prawns are cooked, add the prepared coconut paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  11. Heat a pan and add 1 table spoon of oil. Splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
  12. Transfer these contents to the chemmeen curry.
  13. Delicious varutharacha chemmeen curry is ready to serve.
  14. It is a great combination with steamed rice or puttu.


  1. Oh my god...this looks so mouth watering, dear....u r truly making me hungry!

  2. looks very delicious, even i love prawns and can have it anyday...

  3. i'm also having a special craving for small/medium prawns...curry looks very yummilicious...

  4. Look thanne kidilam appo ithu munpil kittiyaloo..entamme vayiloode titanic odunundu kettoooooo...Looks perfect and spicy...

  5. looks delicious and spicy...superb curry...

  6. Wow!! Adipoli...enikku kothi vannittu vayya dea..!!!!yummyyyyyy

  7. ummmm appusaaaaaa kidillam....looks spicy my dear..

  8. Hi Aparna,
    The prawns looks spicy and yummy.

  9. കിടിലന്‍ കറി

  10. kidilan curry...kurachu parcel ayakkumo :-)You got the perfect color..

  11. looks yummy, one of my alltime favourites.nice click da

  12. presentation looks fantastic aparna...sherikkum kothippikkunttooo.......

  13. Big YUMS up. This looks sensational! Oh, I would so love to have a nice serving of this right now!

  14. hi Aparna, this is my first visit here, you have a lovely blog with yummy recipes.This prawns curry luks very much tempting n inviting...nice recipe,loved the ingredients used.I am following ur blog so that i can track all ur future yummy recipes and visit them.

  15. Wow dear...the whole plate looks so enticing...the curry is awesome :)

  16. Love the appearance of the curry in the chatti... and the plate w/ rice, thoran & curry is so inviting :-)

  17. Such a delectable prawn curry, am hungry now..

  18. wow aparna..this curry looks so good..i am a seafood lover..will definitely try this one!

  19. thankyou vinaya.defintely you should try this.