Chemmeen Mulakittathu – Malabar Style


Chemmeen Mulakittathu





  1. Prawns – 20 – 25
  2. Tomato – 2 large, chopped
  3. Onion – 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
  4. Ginger – 2 tsp, thinly sliced
  5. Garlic – 3 – 4, sliced
  6. Green chilies – 2, slit
  7. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 – 1.5 tsp
  10. Tamarind – Goose-berry sized or to taste
  11. Salt – To taste
  12. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp


1. Clean and wash the prawns. Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water for 15 mts and extract its juice.

2. Heat oil in a meen chatti/ claypot at medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies, curry leaves and sliced onion. Saute until onion becomes transparent. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and saute until their raw smell is gone. Now add the chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook until tomato gets mashed up. Open the lid and saute until oil starts separating. Add  1 – 1.5 cups of water, prawns, tamarind extract and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 – 12 minutes or until the prawns are done and gravy thickens. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and a few curry leaves. Set aside for 15 minutes. Serve with rice. This tastes better the next day.



Chemmeen Mulakittathu - Malabar Style



Recipe Courtesy – Sunitha Murali


  1. looks mouthwatering and tempting curry…

  2. Wow kandittu kothiyavunnu,nalla recipe..simple and delicious..

  3. Loved the fiery look of the gravy.Curry looks so tempting.

  4. Yum ….curry looks just so yum …that platter looks just so delish

  5. Tempting…!!!! Love the rich color!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. nannayittundu…….bookmarked

  7. Perfect platter :)

  8. Wow thats wonderful platter..i would be happy if u pass that to me… i am too much tempted. What is the dish in left side of the plate ?

  9. My favorite mulaku curry. I usually use manga for sourness. Tamarind must have tasted even better!

  10. A great satisfying meal!

  11. Gorgeous red color ~ sounds like a comfort food!
    US Masala

  12. Love the way you have presented this curry. Chemmeen is one of my fav seafood and can’t wait to try this curry.

  13. Thank you All!!

    That dish is mixed vegetable theeyal..

  14. yummy yummy…

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