Padavalanga Chemmeen Curry/ Snake Gourd and Prawns Curry


2 cup padavalanga/ snakegourd, cut into small pieces
300-400 gm prawns, cleaned
6-7 shallots
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2-3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup grated coconut
2 green chillies
small piece ginger, crushed or finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
2 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil


  1. Chop snake gourd into small pieces.
  2. Grind grated coconut, cumin seeds, 4 shallots, green chillies and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder together to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  3. In a pan/ manchatty, add the cleaned prawns, chopped snake gourd, chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, crushed ginger, garlic and salt and mix well.
  4. Add 1-1 1/2 cup of water to this and bring to boil and cook it covered for about 10 minutes or till its done.
  5. Then add the ground coconut paste , mix well and bring to a boil. Then reduce the flame to medium and boil for another 3-4 minutes. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 2-3 sliced shallots, dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  7. Pour this over the curry and keep it covered till ready to serve….Mix well and serve hot with rice/ pathiri etc..
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste…

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