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Monday, September 28, 2015

Chemmeen(Konju) -Churakka(Bottle Guard) Ularthiyathu | Prawns- Lauki Stir Fry

Chemmeen(konju) recipes are always a hit at home and finishes off even before you could click some pics.Kids love this fish as it is boneless and love the curled forms.There are many prawn recipes that I have posted in this space too.Churakka(bottle guard) on the other hand has many popular healthy benefits of which the common ones are helps in weight loss,reduces high blood pressure,alkalizes urine thereby reduces chance of urinary infection,promotes healthy digestive health and has many important vitamins,minerals too.Churakka(bottle guard/lauki) is a bland vegetable that gets its flavor from the masalas and spices.This combination was something new that I tried accidentally but worked out really good.The duo gets cooked evenly and the bottle guard gets all the prawn flavors along with spices.This serves perfect for a side with rice or rotis.Enjoy this quick version of prawns !!

Preparation time~10 minutes
Marination time~1 hr-overnight
Cooking time~ 15 minutes
Serves 4-5
for marination 
prawns/chemmeen 20-25 medium sized or approx 1lb(400g)
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4tsp
salt to taste

for stir fry
lauki /churakka/bottle guard 2 cups diced
shallots 5-6 sliced
garlic finely chopped /crsuhed 1.5tsp
ginger finely chopped/crushed 1.5tsp
tomato 1 fine chopped
red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
kashmiri chilly powder 1/4tsp
turmeric powder 1/4tsp
salt to taste
curry leaves a sprig
oil 1tbsp

  • Clean and de vein prawns,rub with salt and lemon juice.Wash under running water 4-5 times until water runs out clear.Marinate using the ingredients listed and leave overnight or at least an hour(I usually do overnight).
  • Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic and ginger.Saute until raw smell disappears.Add in sliced shallots,saute until translucent.Add in spice powders,saute on low flame and then add finely chopped tomato.Saute until tomatoes are finely cooked(about 2minutes).Now,add in diced lauki(churakka) pieces and marinated prawns.Toss it well and add salt lightly(as marinated prawns has salt).

  • Then,cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on low medium flame until the churakka pieces and prawns are well cooked(don't add any water as churakka leaves out water and that's enough to cook the prawns).Uncover lid,adjust salt if required and dry out the moisture by stirring with a spoon or spatula(If you would like to leave a little gravy for serving with rotis then,just leave just like that and not dry it up)
  • Serve hot with rotis or steamed rice !

* If you use only kashmiri chilly powder or the hot chilly powder alone then alter spices accordingly.
* You can use ridge gourd or snake gourd(padavalanga) too in place of bottle gourd(churakka).
* Try not to use the over matured(with thick seeds) churakka as it takes time to cook,else in that case cook its separately and then add to the prawns.

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* Chemmeen Manga Curry
* Konju(Chemmeen) Roast
* Shrimp Jalfrezi
* Chemmeen Thengapaal curry
* Prawns Pepper Fry
* Malvani Prawns Curry
* Chemmeen Theeyal
* Kadai Prawns


Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

never thought that combo of lauki and prawn could be so delicious...lovely

Nish Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Prawns are always a huge hit in my household too. Going to try your recipe next time. :)

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried that combo before, but it looks good. I am sure my kids would like it because they love any fish which is boneless :)

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely combination! The prawns look inviting!

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Chemmen ularthu adipoli.

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

What a combo...looks delicious...never tried it before. But being a Churakka and Prawns lover family , I guess my family woudl love it..would try it

nandoos kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

nice combination of churakka and prawns.. yumm..

Happy’s Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

Never thought of this combo... delicious prawn recipe... would love to try it soon...

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

Have never heard of this combination! looks tempting though... keep it coming, Julie... :)

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this combo ..we make a similar coconut based gravy ..I loved your version ..looks so tempting. Will try for sure

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Love prawns and it has been a while since I had them. These look super tempting and must be so delicious..

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely combo