Prawn/ Chemmeen Masala Puttu


1 1/2 cup puttu podi
1/2 cup grated coconut
200 gm small prawns
2 onions, finely chopped
4 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp fennel powder
few curry leaves, chopped
2-3 tbsp oil


  1. Clean prawns and cook it in a pan with chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, fennel powder, garlic paste and salt adding little water until masala is well coated with prawns.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves and saute well till onion turns soft.
  3. Then add cooked prawns and stir well for 2-3 minutes. Remove from flame and keep it aside.
  4. Mix the salt in water and add this water little by little to the puttupodi till it becomes wet/ moist and mix thoroughly without any lumps. 
  5. To prepare puttu, take a puttu maker and layer it with 1 tbsp grated coconut first, then 3 tbsp prawn masala and then the puttupodi as the third layer. Repeat the process, till the puttu maker is filled and the last layer with grated coconut. 
  6. Fill pressure cooker/ puttu kudam with 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  7. Place the puttu maker on top of it and steam cook for 5-7 minutes or until the steam starts coming out from the top of puttu maker. 
  8. Remove it to a plate and serve hot…


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