Konchu / Prawns / Chemmeen Pollichathu

This recipe is special to me, it's my grandmother's recipe. I may sound a bit partial, but this is one of the best Prawns recipe that I've tried :)

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Konchu Pollichathu ( Prawns )

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Course: Curry, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 250 gms Cleaned prawns (measured after cleaning)
  • 1/2 cup Whole Small / Pearl onion
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 5-6 pieces Garlic
  • 1 medium piece Ginger
  • A pinch Mustard & Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 big Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut bits (thengakothu)
  • Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt


  • Grind together small onion,ginger, garlic, chilli, pepper and turmeric powder, mustard and fenugreek seeds with 1-2 tbsp water to a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan & saute the onion. Add the ground masala. Once oil starts appearing add chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and salt. After 5 minutes add prawns & coconut bits, mix well. Add water & cook.Cook till the prawns are done and covered in masala. Remove from fire.Serve hot with rice or roti. Garnish with curry leaves.
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