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Friday, January 09, 2015

Chettinadu Prawn Curry (Step by Step Pics)

Prawn dishes are always inviting ones with my kids,what about yours if they eat prawns??Prawn curries,fries,dry dishes are all delicious to go with steamed rice and even chapathis too.Chettinadu recipes are full of spice flavors and that makes it unique too.Though the ingredient list may look long but this curry doesn't require any extra efforts or time unlike many other long recipes.The steps are simple and the curry serves good with steamed rice and even chapathis too.The pics haven't shown justice to this recipe as its winter here and the lighting is very poor outside,will update as and when I make again.Do give this a try if you are a avid fan of chettinadu recipes and enjoy !!

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adapted : Indian khana
to marinate

prawns /shrimp large 18-20
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
pepper crushed 1/2 tsp

for masala
onion 2 large /1.5 cup chopped
tomato 1 chopped
green chilli 2 chopped
red chilli powder 1tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
asafoetida /kayam podi a pinch
curry leaves a sprig
mustard seeds 1 tsp
ginger-garlic paste 1/2 tbsp
tamarind a small gooseberry size
cilantro 2tbsp chopped
oil 3tbsp
salt to taste

to roast & grind
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
fennel seeds 1/2 tsp
aniseed / ajwain 1/2 tsp
poppy seeds 1 tsp
fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp
coriander seeds 1tsp
pepper corns 7-8
dry red chillies 2-3
cinnamon 1/2" piece
cloves 2
cardamom 2
mace/javithri a small piece

  • Clean the prawns,de vein and rub the prawns with salt and lemon juice.Leave aside for 10 minutes.Then,wash under running water for 5-6 times.Drain the water and marinate using pepper powder,turmeric powder and salt.Leave aside for 30 minutes.
  • In a pan,dry roast all the spices listed under 'roast & grind' on low flame.Make sure you don't burn the spices.When cooled,grind the spices in a blender until coarsely powdered or fine powdered.

  • Soak tamarind in half cup water,squeeze out the pulp.Keep aside.
  • In a wide bottomed pan,heat oil.Splutter mustard seeds,add hing and ginger garlic paste followed by onion and green chillies.Saute until onions turn translucent and soft.
  • Now,add chopped tomatoes and cook until mushy.
  • Slide in  the marinated prawns and cook until soft for about 3-4 minutes,the color changes to whitish pink.

  • Add the tamarind pulp and half cup water,salt to taste.Cook and simmer for 2 minutes.Add the grounded masala(2 tsp) and then cook covered for 5-6 mins until the gravy turns thick and oil floats on top.Switch off flame,garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm.

Servings 4 adults

* This yields a moderately spicy curry.Increase spices if you want really hot fiery curry.If you wish a milder one,then omit the green chillies too.
*You can use any kind of prawns to make this curry.

More interesting chettinadu recipes from this space,try on if you like any-
Pepper Chicken Chettinadu
Chettinadu Fish Fry
Chettinadu Egg Paniyaram


sujitha said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious curry, love prawn in any form..

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a flavorful curry!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious and love prawns

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Kothipichu . Mouthwatering Prawns curry

indugetscooking said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so, spicy gravy and succulent prawns. love it

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious...

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

oh yummy

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

Such tempting curry with tempting pics!!! I just love this!! Its an visual treat!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering, reminds me of the curry Mom makes. Yum!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love prawns at any time......Chettinadu prawn curry looks so delicious and tempting me :)

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the spice mix, curry looks so yummy

Cathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love everything with prawns in it. This looks amazing!

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

This bowl of shrimp looks very delicious Julie!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely prawn curry

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

such a delicious lookng prawn curry... my HD would love this...

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

I used to have this but without gravy , remind me old times. looks delicious.

Padma said... Best Blogger Tips

I love chettinad food and prawns are my favourite...could not get better...loving it:)

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

My kids love prawns. I have to give this recipe a try. My little one doesn't handle spices that good, but he can enjoy them with yogurt. I will definitely try this recipe.