Chemmeen Thakkali Curry / Prawns and Tomato Curry


250 gm prawns / chemmeen
2 big tomatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup grated coconut
3 green chillies
1 tsp chilli powder
3/4-1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of fenugreek seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
4-5 shallots, sliced
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil


  1. Clean the prawns and keep it aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut, green chillies, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and cumin seeds together to a fine paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  3. In a pan, add the cleaned prawns, sliced tomatoes, onion, chilli powder, 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt and cook adding about 2 cups of water.
  4. When prawns are cooked, add the ground coconut paste and boil for 3-4 minutes on medium flame. Switch off the flame.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Add sliced shallots and curry leaves and fry till the shallots turn golden brown.
  6. Pour this over the curry and mix well. Serve hot with rice/ pathiri etc…


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