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Chemmeen Ularthiyathu/Shrimp/ Prawns Fry......step-by-step.

When I think of Chemeen (shrimp).....all my diet resolutions go weak....I can munch on this 24/7 or until I get a stomach upset......Amma always makes this whenever I visit her.....I especially  love to bite  the "thengakothu" (tiny coconut pieces) in between the chemeen. I guess I passed on my likeness of Chemeen to my son.....and he loves to have it with rice.

This is a specialty of Kottayam especially among the Christian community. First the shrimp is cooked with the masalas, kudam puli, and  tiny coconut pieces and then fried on low flame.

It is important to de-vein the shrimp otherwise you can have an allergy attack. So please be careful on that aspect.

Most of the recipes I have posted here are my amma's but this one tops the list.

Recipe Source: My Mom.

Note:You can also add 1/2 to 1 tsp of coriander powder, it is optional.  I like it without coriander powder ; you can use it as per your taste.
Shrimps: 250 gm, cleaned.
Kashmiri red chilly powder: 1 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder: A fat pinch.
Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp.
Kudampuli (Kokum): 1 or 2 pieces.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Shallots: 4 or 5.
Garlic: 4 or 5 cloves, slit.
Ginger: 1 small piece, chopped.
Green chilly: 1, slit.
Water: 1/3 cup.
Curry leaves.
Coconut oil: 2 tbsp.

1. Clean the shrimps.

2. Take 2 slices of fresh coconut.

3. Slice them thinly.

 3. In a pan mix the shrimp with 11/2 tsp Kashmiri, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, a fat pinch of turmeric powder, salt, kudampuli, and sliced coconut pieces.

4. Add water, mix well and let it boil and cook.

5. Allow the water to dry up.

6. Meanwhile heat a pan/wok/kadhai with 2 tbsp of coconut oil, put in 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Then add the shallots, garlic, ginger, curry leaves, and green chilly.

7. Fry it for 2 or 3 min or until it is light brown.

8. Dunk in the cooked shrimp into this and mix well. Let it fry on slow flame for 10 to 15 min. Until it is completely dry and fried.

Serve hot with Rice or just about anything.

Truly irresistable!!!!


  1. Prawns are hubby's favie and this looks so tempting. will try it out for sure...

  2. Wow my favorite,kandittu kothiyavunnu

  3. My mouth is watering now! What a delicious dish it is. I'm sure it's wonderful over rice or noodles! Yum. Thanks for sharing.


  4. woww...what a great presentation Nisa......I think you have a lot more surprises in store from the last one month :)

  5. Cheemen ularthyathu adipoli. kandittu kothivarunnu veggie aya eniku koodi

  6. Chemmeen ularthiyathu kandittu kothivarunu veggie aya enikku koodi

  7. Simply superb dear...i love it and the presentatn itself is awesome

  8. hey Nisa - wonder how I haven't come across your blog till now. Saw this post on foodgawker and came along to see which blog this was. Love some of the other recipes you have out there too. Good job with the blog! :)

  9. Wow its lunch time here and craving for prawn curry seeing ur pics...looks yumm

  10. neat presentation..looks fingerlicking good..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  11. I love shrimp and this looks like a delicious dish to me. I am definitely going to give this a try :)

  12. One of my favorite dishes, Nisa. Can't get enough of it. Loved your styling too, great job!

  13. Your presentation is just beautiful Nisa. Your wonderful recipe is truly irresistable. I would just love all these spices with that great shirmp.
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Shanti for visiting my space. This will serve 2 people. Come back soon :)


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