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20 Jan 2007

Chemmeen Theeyal / prawns in fried coconut gravy

This is the chemmeen theeyal, a tasty curry for the rice, dosa, pathiri and puttu... You may get much more dark color for this. I think my ready made coriander powder reduced the color.. :)

Ingredients and method
Prawns(Chemmeen) - 1/4 kg(250g)
Onion(medium) - 1 no(chopped)
Tomato(medium) - 1 no(chopped)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2 nos
Curry leaves few
Garlic pods - 2 nos(crushed)
Salt - As reqd
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste - A lemon size soaked in wateror Kukum star(Kudampuli) - 4 small pieces or as desired Or use raw mango 1 or 2 according to it's sourness.

1)Clean Prawns.
2)Fry coconut with one pinch fennel seeds, 3 small onions and curry leaves till brown in 1 tsp of coconut oil.
3)Blend it with water.:- Coconut should be grated well.
4)Dry roast all the three powders.
5)Mix this with onion, tomato, crushed garlic, coconut blended, tamarind paste and salt.
6)Add 1 1/2 cups of water.
7)Cook, till the onion and tomato is well done and the curry becomes little thick.
8)Add prawns and cook till done. :- Do not cook too much. It will become hard.
9)Add green chillies.
10)Heat coconut oil in a pan.
11)Fry 3 chopped small onions and curry leaves. Pour into the curry.

You can roast the powders with coconut (in the end of roasting coconut) and then blend. Make this type of curry with ayala / mackeral, ayakkoora / king fish and other big fishes..

Ayala varutharachathu curry


  1. THis theeyal looks very nice. Thanks for sharing a "must-try" recipe.

  2. I think if u add chilli powder and coriander powder wth fried coconut it should be a good recipe. And it looks nice in that red colour

  3. Awesome recipes for seafood lovers. I stumbled upon your blog while goggling for fish curry and I should say I am pleased with the wonderful recipes supported by real good images and clearcut cooking methods. Thumbs up!

  4. Thanks Srilatha for nice words! Hope you will try them.. :)

  5. what a tempting picture...mouth watered seeing that!
    i am going to try with ayala fish. thanks for the recipe and the photo.

  6. Welcome Liz! :)
    I too love this very much.Hope you will get a good outcome.. :)

  7. I plan to prepare ayala varutharachathu. let me try . l hope this will be delicious

  8. let me try fist. i think this will be delicious

  9. I tired this recipe today.It came out really good. My husband loved it.Thanks

  10. Thanks Anon, hope to see you again, with your name.. :)

  11. hai seena,
    all these days i had been thinking we put drumstick with prawns theeyal,that's how i had it earlier from somewhere,i really liked it.wat if i try your reciepe with drumstick,will it be a flop?

  12. Shiba, there is a drumstick + prawns curry, with ground coconut gravy, but trying this won't make much difference I think. I have posted one with brinjal + prawns, pls check that.. :)


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