Prawns – Raw Plantain / Chemmeen – Pachakkaya Roast


1/2 kg prawns, cleaned
1 big raw plantain/ pachakkaya/ ethakka
1 cup shallots, chopped
2 tsp ginger, chopped
2 tsp garlic, chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 big piece kudampuli / gambooge
1 tbsp chilli powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of fenugreek seeds
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil (coconut oil)


  1. Peel and chop raw plantain into pieces, Soak kudampuli in 2-3 tbsp water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, chopped ginger and garlic.
  3. Add chopped shallots and saute well till brown.
  4. Then add ginger-garlic paste and saute well.
  5. Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and saute till the raw smell goes.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and saute well till it turns soft.
  7. When oil starts to separate, add kudampuli soaked water and chopped raw plantain and cook till all the water dries up.
  8. Then add coconut milk and cleaned prawns, mix well and cook well till done.
  9. Remove from the flame and serve hot with rice/ pathiri etc…

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