Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chemmen vatthichathu/ Prawns in coconut milk gravy (Serves 4)

Prawns in coconut milk gravy

Yet another traditional Kerala seafood preparation directly from the Queen of Arabian sea, Cochin. This vattichathu (meaning a reduced gravy) is my mom’s recipe and can be prepared with any kind of fleshy fish and would taste best with pomfret, tuna etc. Hope this will be a great treat to all the seafood lovers out there..Enjoy!!!

Prawns/chemmen ½ kg
Oil to shallow fry + 2 TBSP

For marinade

Kashmiri chilli powder 2 TBSP (if you a re using regular chilli powder, reduce the amount accordingly)
Black pepper powder 1 tsp
Ginger paste ½ TBSP
Salt as needed
Lemon juice 1 TBSP

Add all the powders in a bowl along with lemon juice and salt. Clean and dry the prawns with a paper towel and apply the marinade. Set aside for 30 minutes.

After marination, shallow fry the prawns at low heat until ¾ cooked. Drain onto a paper towel.

Prawns in coconut milk gravy

For the Vattichathu/ gravy

Red onions 2 big, thinly sliced
Green chilly 2 nos, slit
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Coconut milk ½ cup, thick
Salt as needed
Curry leaves

Preparation

Heat a deep pan at medium heat. Add 2 TBSP oil and when hot enough sauté sliced onions along with green chillies and curry leaves. Once the onions turn translucent, add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix these well to combine and cook for 4 -5 more minutes. Now add the fried prawns and coconut milk. Set the flame to low or simmer. Rotate the pan slightly and cook covered for 15-20 minutes. When oil starts separating switch off stove, add a few more curry leaves and chemmen vattichathu is ready to serve. This would pair well with plain rice, or appam or idiyappam or even with puttu….

Prawns in coconut milk gravy

Cheers!!!
Suji

40 comments :

  1. ah kothi varunnu..that and some rice..bliss

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  2. Ente Ammo!!

    Ravile vishannu thudangi.....


    Nice recipe and clicks

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  3. Ennikka sidil ulla puttu kanditte kothi varunnu..yummy curry tooo

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  4. Beautiful clicks.Looks Spicy & nice colour.

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  5. I luv prawns in coconut based gravy ...... yours luk delish. Eating it with plain rice is bliss :)

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  6. Cheeratta puttum Prawn curryum adipoli.

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  7. Lovely dish. Loved the clicks and the bowl.

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  8. My mouth is watering,Prawn curry looks delicious,puttu on the side looks so tempting...Can I ask you a ? what does adipoli mean?

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  9. I love coconut based gravy, they are so tasty and so is this one too....lovely clicks ...

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  10. WOW!! Superb prawn vattichathu..Puttum prawn curryum combo ethu vare kazhichittilla..Looks super-delicious..Picsnte karyam pinne parayendallo..Adipolinnu paranju paranju maduthu ;-)

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  11. Fingerlicking curry, makes me hungry and very catchy dish..

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  12. chemmeen curry looks adipoli....vayil ippol kappalodikkaam

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  13. Oh that looks wonderful..love this combo so much,kothiyavunnu

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  14. The curry looks divine! Love the fact that you have use a Molcajete for a bowl. Brilliant!

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  15. a seafood lover's delight.....awesome clicks...

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  16. wow adipoli ayittundu ketto presentation also super

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  17. a bowel onnu tharunnooo..kura ayi chemmen kazhichittu....njan husinodu paraju ennu thanna kondu varan parayum......

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  18. looks delicious. The photograph of the dish is really tempting.
    http://epicureansdelight.blogspot.com

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  19. OMG...absolutely stunning recipe...wanna try immediately dear...mouthwatery click...:)

    Tasty Appetite

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  20. Lovely...curry and the presentation :-)kidilan aayittundu tto..

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  21. looks so beautiful and love your first click!

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  22. my my...am drooling over here, that looks super delicious prawns are my love :)

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  23. Wow.. adipoli tto... aa puttum prawns curry um.. yummmm..

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  24. Prawns yummy ayittundu.kikidu presentation.A black pathram nalla bhanghi undu kanan.

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  25. I absolutely love prawns in coconut milk gravy!

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  26. Oru rakshayumillalloooo..adipoli curryum picum..2ndyum inniku ishtamayitou..

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  27. The color of the curry looks way too good...Perfect combination with the puttu there..

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  28. Hi dear very Yummy flavorful dish combo and yet again nice click

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  29. Thanx for droppping by dear...:)

    Have a wonderful time...

    Tasty Appetite

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  30. Lovely bowl.. Curry looks delicious.

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  31. chemmeen kari adipoli........ aashamsakal..............

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  32. kidilam chemmeen curry... that too w/ puttu... awesome combo!!!!

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  33. Wow aewsome...recipe and beautiful presentation.I was having bread and I felt like dipping it into the prawns curry........WOW

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