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Chemmeen Curry | Kerala Prawn Curry

Chemmeen Curry

Kerala style Prawn curry using coconut milk.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4

  1. Prawn,cleaned- 250 to 300 gms
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Onion,sliced – 1 large( about 1 cup)
  4. Green chilies,cut into two – 1 ( or according to taste)
  5. Ginger and garlic ,crushed – 1 tbsp
  6. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Kashmiri chili powder- 1.5 to 2 tsp (or according to taste,See notes)
  9. Coriander powder – 1.5 tsp
  10. Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp + 1 pinch
  11. Tomato,chopped- 1 large (about 3/4 cup)
  12. Thin coconut milk – 1 cup( or as required)
  13. Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup
  14. Salt- To taste
  15. Oil- as required


  • Heat  oil in  a manchatti /pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Now add onion,green chilies,ginger garlic and curry leaves.

  • Saute until onion turns golden brown.Reduce the flame to low,add turmeric powder,kashmiri chili powder , coriander powder and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder.

  • Fry for about 30 seconds ,stirring continuously.Next add tomato and mix well.

  • Cook until tomato turns mushy and the masala starts to leave the sides of the pan.Next add cleaned prawns and salt to taste.Mix well.

  • Next add thin coconut milk  and stir well.Cover and cook  for about 12 to 15 minutes or until done and gravy turns thick.

  • Now add thick coconut milk and stir well.Cook for few minutes and bring it to just under a boil.Switch off the stove and add a pinch of garam masala and stir gently.


    • Adjust the quantity of Kashmiri chili powder according to your taste.I used about 2.5 tsp of Kashmiri chili powder as we wanted it a bit spicy.
    • Adjust the quantity of thin coconut milk according to the amount of gravy required. 

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                      Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
                      August 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

                      Wow – this looks amazing. I am love all those rich, savory colors and flavors! Pinned!

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                      nandoos kitchen
                      August 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

                      wow! lovely.

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                      August 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

                      We tried this recipe, its really excellent…..!! Expecting more recipes, we tried almost all of your recipes. waiting for more.

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                      January 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

                      വളരെ നന്നായിരിക്കുന്നു…
                      Thank you so much.. Karryleaves….

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                      March 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

                      where can we buy boack manxhatti?

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                      October 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

                      Tried it just now…yummilicious😋😋😋

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                        November 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

                        Thank You Suchetha…
                        glad that you like it.
                        Happy cooking

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                      January 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

                      Tried this recipe today and it was lip smacking! Even my lil fellow asked for second helping.. Thanks a ton for sharing

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                        March 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

                        Thank you happy you lil one enjoyed it.

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                      February 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

                      I tried it thrice!


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                        March 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

                        Thank You Abhay.

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                      November 26, 2016 at 5:49 am

                      I cooked prawn curry using this recipe and it was just delicious. So easy to cook. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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                      March 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

                      I made this for a dinner party and it came out really well. Super easy to follow with great instructions. Highly recommended.

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