Chemmeen/ Prawn Mulakittathu


250 gm prawns, cleaned
2 tomatoes, chopped
10 shallots (or 1 medium onion)
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3 green chillies, slit
2 sprigs curry leaves
1/2-1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
small berry size tamarind


  1. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Make a paste by mixing chilli powder and turmeric powder with little water.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and  fenugreek seeds and add curry leaves.
  4. Add onion/shallots, green chilli, garlic and saute well till onion become transparent and slightly brownish.
  5. Add the prepared  paste to this (step 2) and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. Add tomatoes ,tamarind extract ,salt and  required water and cook.
  7. When it boils, add the cleaned prawns and cook for 5-6 minutes or till the prawns are done.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot…


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