Okra – Prawns / Vendakka – Chemmeen Mulakittathu


200 gm prawns, cleaned
7-8 vendakka / okra, chopped
gooseberry sized tamarind
1/2 onion, sliced
3 garlic, chopped
6 shallots, sliced
2-3 green chillies
1 small tomato, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 sprig curry leaves
2-3 tbsp oil


  1. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan / manchatti and add chopped okra and saute for 2 minutes and keep it aside.
  3. In the same oil, splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and add sliced shallots and saute.
  4. Add garlic, onion, green chillies and curry leaves and saute at medium flame.
  5. Reduce the flame to low and add chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix well till the raw smell goes.
  6. Add chopped tomato and salt, mix well and cook it covered for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add cleaned prawns to this and mix well. Then cook it covered for about 4 minutes at medium flame.
  8. Add okra pieces and mix well. Now add tamarind extract and 1-1 1/2 cup of hot water and cook covered for about 5 minutes.
  9. Add curry leaves and switch off the flame. Keep it covered for 5 minutes. Serve with rice…

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