Chemmeen / Prawns Masala Idiyappam


2 cups rice flour / idiyappam podi
water as required
1/2 kg prawns / chemmeen
1- 1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger paste or crushed
1/2 tsp garlic paste or crushed
1 sprig curry leaves, chopped
1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 cup grated coconut
salt to taste


  1. Clean the prawns and marinate it with chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated prawns and keep it aside.
  3. In the same oil, add the chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves and saute well.
  4. Add grated coconut and little salt to this and stir well for 3-5 minutes on medium flame.
  5. Then add the fried prawns and chopped coriander leaves and mix it well. Switch off the flame and transfer this prawns masala to a bowl.
  6. To prepare idiyappam dough, boil water in a pan adding enough salt.
  7. In a mixing bowl, take the rice flour and add the required amount of boiling water and mix thoroughly by stirring with a wooden spoon.
  8. Then knead it with your hands until the dough becomes soft.
  9. Fill the dough in an idiyappam maker/ press and rotate/press little dough gently into the greased idli plates.
  10. Top it with 1 tbsp of prepared prawns masala and then press another layer of idiyappam over it.
  11. Place the idli plates in a steamer and steam cook for 10-12 minutes or until done…Serve hot…


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