Chemmeen Pacha Kurumulaku Roast / Prawn Green Peppercorn Roast


1/2 kg prawns, cleaned
2 tbsp green peppercorns / pacha kurumulaku
1 piece ginger
6 garlic cloves
1 cup shallots
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
small piece tamarind (soaked in 2 tbsp water)
1 tsp fennel powder / crushed fennel seeds
a pinch of fenugreek seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil


  1. Crush the ginger, garlic, green peppercorns and 5 shallots together and keep it aside.
  2. Clean the prawns and marinate it with the crushed mixture, turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in  a pan and add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and saute for a couple of seconds.
  4. Add sliced shallots and saute well till it turns golden brown in colour.
  5. Add coriander powder and fennel powder and saute well till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Add marinated prawns to this and mix well. Then add 1/4 cup of water and cook it covered till done and the masala is well coated with the prawns. 
  7. Then add tamarind water and mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  8. Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving plate …Serve hot…

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