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Kerala Prawn Curry
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Kerala Prawn Curry | Nadan Chemmeen Curry | Iral Thengapal Kuzhambu

 kerala style prawn curry has always been a delicious curry .Prawn cooked in coconut oil along with coconut milk is just yumm and a lip smacking curry. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Kuzhambu
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 4
Author: sharmila kingsly

Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml


  • ½ kg Prawn – 250 gms / ¼ kg
  • 15 Small onions or 1 big onion
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 Tomato – 2
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Coconut Milk -1 cup
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

To Temper:

  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves a spring


  • In a heavy-bottomed pan or Claypot add coconut oil. Once it heats up add mustard seeds let it splutter then add curry leaves and green chili. Saute for a few secs.
  • Next, add the chopped onion cook till they turn translucent and soft.
  • Now add in the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell leaves.
  • Then add tomato and cook till they are soft and leaves oil.
  • Now add in all the spice powders one by one and mix well and in 1 cup of water and cook until the raw smell of the masala leaves.
  • Now add in the cleaned and deveined prawn. Combine everything. cover and cook for two mins. Open the lid and cook for another 2 mins.
  • Finally, add in the fresh coconut milk. cook for another 1 min in low flame and switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and curry leaves and keep the pan closed for another 10 mins. This keeps the flavors intact. Serve hot with rice and fish fry.


  •  Goes very well with Rice,Idli or Dosa.
  •  The prawn gets cooked very fast so keep a check on that.
Keyword Iral Thengapal Kuzhambu, Kerala Prawn Curry, Nadan Chemmeen Curry
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