Chemmeen/Prawn Theeyal

Chemmeen Prawn theeyal


  1. Prawns – 2 cup
  2. Onion – 1 large cubed (You could also use 10 – 15 pearl onions instead of onion. That would be more tasty)
  3. Coconut slices/thengakothu – 1/4 cup
  4. Green chillies- 2 slit
  5. Tomato – 2 small, cubed
  6. Drumstick – 1
  7. Grated coconut – Around 1.5 cup
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Coriander powder – 3 – 3.5 tsp
  10. Chilly powder – 2 – 2.5 tsp
  11. Curry leaves -  2-3 sprigs
  12. Kudam puli – 4 pieces or to taste
  13. Salt – To taste
  14. Coconut oil – As required

     To temper

  1. Pearl onion – 5-6 or mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  2. Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 
  3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  4. Coconut oil – 1 tsp


1. Clean and wash the prawns and set aside. Wash and soak the kudampuli in 1/4 cup warm water.

2. Heat a pan and dry roast the grated coconut until they turn reddish brown. Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and switch off the stove.  Grind to a fine paste when it cools down.

3. Heat oil in a deep pan or manchatti/claypot. Add chopped onion, little salt, coconut slices and saute until oil starts appearing on top.  Now add the ground coconut paste, kudampuli, green chillies and drumsticks. Saute for a minute and add the tomatoes. Mix well and add 1.5 cup water. Bring to a boil and add the prawns, curry leaves. Cover with a lid and cook until the prawns are done and the gravy is semi-thick. It takes around 20 – 25 mts. Check for salt and switch off.

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4. Heat a tsp oil in another pan and add the chopped pearl onions and curry leaves. Brown the pearl onions and pour them over the prawn theeyal. Serve hot with rice.






Recipe Courtesy : Manju Jyotish


  1. darling awesome curry…dont eat prawn..great n spicy dish for prawn reaters..looks so delcious…

  2. aaha.. njan ethu eppo undaakki photo eduthathe ulloo :).. I add valan puli instead of kudam puli.. But we dont call it as theeyal.. we just call it as varutharacha curry..

  3. Adding Drumstick to pranws is new to me

  4. Dhe ethentha ithu njna dha ammayode chodiche eppol ezthy vache ullu Chemmen theeyal recipe, apolekuu dha vannalo..adipoli, evide ellarkum eshtanu chemmen theeyal, nalla ruchi aytundennu kandale ariyam tto…

    Suji (Kairali sisters)

  5. prawns gravy looks tempting and adding drumstick is really new to me…

  6. chemmen theeyal looks spicy and tasty..adding drumstick gives a special flavour to the gravy..

  7. Yummyilicious gravy, looks fabulous..i do add drumsticks and potatoes to prawn gravy whenever i make them..

  8. Chemmen theeyal adipoli..simpy love this spicy gravy..I too add drumsticks…looks great

  9. Adipoli spicy theeyal…

  10. Drumsticks to prawn gravy is very new for me, looks interesting… Amazing clicks :)

  11. Prawn curry looks mouthwatering in the lovely pot.

  12. wow..they looks amazing!! great pics too…

  13. Wow..That’s a spicy gravy !!! I add broad beans to it normally ..

  14. Wow..looks yummy.,…mouth watering recipe

  15. Mouthwatering pics! I remember making this long time ago. Adding tomato & Kudampuli is new to me, I used sambar puli.

  16. Awesomepresentation!Kandittu kothiyavunnu dear

  17. adipolli..ellavarkkum ee chemmen bayankkaram esttam annalloo….chorintta koda kazhikkan adipolli………….

  18. no other words to say…simply mouth watering!!!

  19. wow…very hot n spicy…!
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  20. Adding drumsticks in prawn curry is new for me dear but u hv done it very nicely n looks spicy dear..

  21. Kidilam theeyal! Love the color… it looks just perfect!

  22. drumsticks in prawn curry is new but love the colour of this. very tempting.

  23. Hwy wow wat a yummy color….really very tempting one….and the steps pics was really very useful and nice…

  24. ummm.. delicious.. love the pics :)

  25. ayyo…kothipikkunne….ente fav….looks adipoli…

  26. Tried this recipe yesterday. It was too good. My husband was very happy to have a tasty theeyal after a long time. Instead of ground coconut paste, I used 3 tbsp of Saras varuthara curry gravy mix to speed up the cooking process.

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