Chemmeen (Prawn ) Vattichathu

Chemmeen Vattichathu


To marinate

1. Prawn – 18 – 20 (Around 250 gm)

2. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

    Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

    Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp

     Salt – To taste

Other ingredients

3. Pearl onions  1/4 cup, thinly sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

4. Medium-thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup

5. Salt – To taste

6. Coconut oil – 2 tsp

    Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

     Dry red chilly – 1

7. Crushed pepper – 1 pinch


1. Marinate the prawns with ingredients numbered 2. Set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan/cheena chatti. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dry red chilies. Add pearl onions, few curry leaves and saute until pearl onions start turning brown, about 3 – 5 minutes. Next add the marinated prawns. Mix well and stir everything for a minute. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk. Cook at medium heat until oil separates and the prawns are covered with the masala, about 8 minutes. Taste-check for salt. Add a pinch of crushed pepper, few curry leaves and mix well. Switch off. Serve chemmeen vattichathu with warm rice, porotta, puzhukku, chapathis etc.

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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