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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Prawns Pollichathu
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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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19 thoughts on “Konchu / Prawns / Chemmeen Pollichathu”

  1. Hi Maria,
    Recently stumbled upon your blog and am amazed by the number and variety of dishes on offer! Planning to cook prawns tonight and thought i’ll try this recipe. Only problem is I don’t have coconut. Can I omit them from the recipe? Have everything else! Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Chandni,

      Thank you so much :) I’m sorry for the delayed reply. I was away on a short trip.

      You can omit the coconut part, but try it with coconut later when you can find some.

      Hope you get to try this dish and like it too..


  2. Just made this!! love it! Thank you so much for amazing recipes :D . ps: you have an awesome blog.

  3. Hey Maria,
    I made this curry yesterday it was awesome. a bit spicy though, but i loved it.. My tummy is still burning :)

  4. Maria,
    We r about to cook this dish… However, one prob.. no shallots(small onion) and  coconut pieces.. !! Is it okay 2 use onion instead of shallots…? Can v use smethng else for coc0nut pieces…?? Waiting 4 ur reply.. meanwhile i’l clean shrimp…!!

    • Hi Sany,

      I’m sorry to disappoint you dear, but this curry gets it flavour from shallots. So I dont think onions will do justice to this curry :(

      Please check out the other prawns recipe to see if you find anything interesting.


  5. thanks for the recipe. but i think we ended up with with a prawn masala instead of prawn pollichathu. but who cares. it tastes lovely. :-)


    • Hi Rueben,

      You are welcome :) As long as you enjoyed the taste, I’m happy :)

      Thanks for the comment.


  6. Hi Maria, I’m a newly wed and just started cooking… I usually stick to sanjeev kapoor recipes coz you can be sure they will never go too wrong… I hit upon your blog recently and the very first recipe that I tried out (prawns olathiyathu) came out so delicious that I’ve not gone back to any other place to look for recipes since then! I’ve tried a whole lot of fish and prawns recipes from your site and each one of them have turned out great! My mallu hubby loves them and polishes off every bit :-)

    • Dear Caroline,

      Thanks a lot for sending such a sweet comment, am very happy :). Sorry for the delayed reply, I was away for holidays. Btw, I too like sanjeev kapoor’s recipes, you can find a few of his recipes in my blog.

      Hope you had a wonderful Xmas. Wish you and your family a happy & blessed new year!!


  7. hi Maria, i have always been making dishes out of ur blog….its lovely….i like most of the dishes u post. its very helpful to people who are newly married and equally helpful to those who r new to this mekhala(cooking)

    i am planning to make this to impress one of my hubby’s friends the reason y i really got to inpress him is that he himself is a great cook…..

    i will prepare this tonight.and will keep u posted….


    • Hi Sabiha,

      Very happy to know that you find this blog helpful. Also great to know that you liked the recipes from here.

      Hope your husband’s friend was impressed with this dish :)


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