Chemmeen Cutlet ~ Malabar Prawns Cutlet

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After the parippu vada and pazhampori, my eyes searched through my drafts and locked itself up on this post. I have to post this, I said to myself. My regular readers may already know my allergy towards prawns so I would never make them on my own. Apart from this Elaneer Pudding, this is another delicacy my sister had made during our vacation. I had to post this before I go on my next vacation! πŸ˜‰


HD’s uncle knows how mad my sister is for fish. Each time my family visits HD’s house, they are always treated to loads of seafood, since his uncle gets some fresh catch. Last vacation, when his cousin and uncle were leaving me home, they bought a lot of prawns so that she could enjoy some. Yeah, I know, that’s very sweet of them! πŸ™‚ She ended up making some prawn biriyani, prawn masala (InShaAllah will share the recipe) and then this cutlet. I would love to share a little tip that umma has successfully used, and as told to her by a cousin’s wife – when you get hold of fresh prawns, do not push it into the fridge directly. Instead, clean the prawns well, wash them, and half cook them with turmeric and salt. After this, drain the prawns well of any stock and allow to cool completely. Store them in containers in your freezer. While using, defrost them and use it up in any recipe. This way, your prawns will taste as fresh as possible! I haven’t tried them personally, but for this recipe, that is what my sister did – she pulled out the dabba of cooked prawns from the freezer, thawed them and used it into the recipe. The prawns were almost two weeks old, yet there was no taste or smell whatsoever. As per umma, prawns like this stay good for a month in the freezer, so do try it! πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, moving onto the last of the three-tea-time-snack recipe for this month…


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I was not supposed to eat that, but couldn’t resist, so bit one for the photo shoot and ended up eating that cutlet along with the cup of sulaimani. Though it was awesome, kind of regretted it since I had an itchy tongue and mouth till night. πŸ˜€


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4 from 2 votes

Chemmeen (Prawns) Cutlet

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 -15
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup cooked prawns boiled with turmeric, salt and pepper
  • 1 inch pc ginger
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 potatoes cooked and mashed
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • Breadcrumbs as required
  • Oil for frying


  • Grind the prawns, ginger, chillies and curry leaves coarsely.
  • Combine with the mashed potatoes, onions, coriander leaves, garam masala and seasonings and mix well.
  • Shape into patties, dip into the beaten egg and coat with the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in oil, deep or shallow till both sides are golden brown.
  • Drain onto kitchen towel and relish warm!

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  1. You know what.. I was actually gawking at it for long before I even started to read…. I love it.. but because F only eats prawns…. (no other seafood whatsoever) you know how it is back in our home.. he was served prawns every single day… every time we went to my home.. every meal.. so he stopped eating it! πŸ™ SideeffectsofSalkarams!

  2. Btw thank you for sharing the tip.. I have no clue how they do at home.. but surely will share this.. and pictures are looking for fresh! like kadak chai! πŸ˜› lovely dear..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I can understand the verupikkals… Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    I too get allergic with prawns sometime dear. So usually avoid that. But since kids love it, hubby does the cleaning and I cook.This cutlet looks great. Perfect for evening snack with tea.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Divya…

  4. lovely cutlets and very useful tips on storing prawns…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  5. Woow 3 of them my all time favourite!That paripvada looking perfect and cutlets so fresh feel like having one!hehe!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  6. 3 stars
    Looks deliciouss sounds yum! Thanks fors sharing the tip.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Febi…

  7. yummy cutlet dear,with prawns is really new to me

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya…

  8. Enda idu…. chaya, patram, cutlet and that too prawns πŸ™‚ hmm photo adipoli. .. cutlet kandittu sahikunillaa πŸ˜€
    No wonder u ate inspite of allergy. Lucky people.. to have such thoughtful relatives briinging fresh catch πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Meena for your kind comments… πŸ™‚

  9. Lovely and yummy cutlets.. all three snacks are my favourite dear πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shabbu… πŸ™‚

  10. Looks so yummy..Loved that tip about storing prawns..have never tried that…marking it up for next time…my mom makes this yummy beef cutlets and seeing your sis’s prawn cutlet..I badly want to taste my mom’s cutlet…

    As for prawns I have never tried it in cutlet form and would definitely love to try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I can understand how much we miss our mom’s specialties being in a foreign country… Thank you so much Bilna for coming by…

  11. What a crispy cutlets ..Kids will go crazy over this..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Why should we forget adults, Sathya??? Hehe… Thanks a lot dear…

  12. That picture of three Kerala palaharam looked so inviting, I had to come here. This is delicious, I love all shrimp in all forms. Very nice Rafee.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Tisa…

  13. What a lovely tip for chemeen .
    I am a die hard fan of this sea food creature!
    Next will be my bite on this chemeen cutlet, πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  14. Ooh i want try one!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nammi…

  15. I love cutlets…But never had prawns cutlet before…it looks superb…kothiyavunnu…I got to try it…

    I love the way u said that u thought of posting this recipe before you go for another vacation…:)…I am also on the same boat…too many drafts

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa… Haha, good to know I am not alone πŸ™‚

  16. Great recipe…I was just browsing through your blog and you have a great collection here..happy to have found you:))

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shailaja… πŸ™‚

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