Malabar Chemmeen Roast ~ Malabar Prawns Stir Fry

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The feeling of wanting to go on leave has never been so high in many years. Even though it is hot here during summers, I am fine with the weather, however this year has been the height. With summers coming late, only by early June, we thought it should be fine but it has been really unbearable. The humidity is at its sticky best, the air is thick with dust and standing in the kitchen or moving out in the mornings is a literal nightmare. While I hear that it is heavily raining back home with some respite here and there, I can’t but wait to go back and have my lazy days. However, past experience has shown that the rains tend to run away by the time I reach home. πŸ˜• Today’s call to D only aggravated my fears of seeing minimal rains. But still, as long as it is cold and there are occasional showers, I am fine with it. πŸ˜€ Eagerly waiting for my holidays… πŸ™‚


I have already mentioned that even though I can’t eat prawns, I still cook them on and off for the family. HD and the kids love it a lot. They love prawns more in the form of this biriyani, though umma keeps telling that it is difficult to literally “fish” out prawns in a biriyani, it kind of drowns into it. πŸ˜€ She loves to make roast of it, and it is understandable. At least, you can make sure that everybody gets his or her share and nobody is giving that “I-think-he/she-has-got-more-in-his/her-plate” kind of a look… I hope you understand what I mean! πŸ˜€ I made this when I was lucky enough to get a pack of cleaned fresh prawns. The kids were so happy to see this as a side to their meal of jeera rice and coconut milk dal curry. The HD literally licked off his plate saying that this is the best prawns roast he had ever eaten. So that means, I have to get to recording it before I forget and I have to be making this again, right? πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…


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5 from 2 votes

Malabar Chemmeen Roast

Course Fish
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg prawns cleaned and deshelled
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 3 medium onions sliced
  • 4 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 to matoes chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder


  • Combine all ingredients under "for marination" in a bowl and set aside for at least an hour. The more, the better.
  • Put the marinated prawns into a pressure cooker and cook for three whistles on meduim flame, and then keep on simmer for five minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds and fry the fenugreek seeds briefly - ensure not to burn!
  • Fry the curry leaves, and then add the onion and green chillies, and saute till wilted.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till nicely mashed.
  • Add all the powders except the garam masala and stir constantly for a minute.
  • Add in the cooked prawns and cook on high flame till all the fluid is dried up. Keep stirring to ensure the prawns don't stick to the pan, also taking care they don't break.
  • Sprinkle the garam masala powder, give a final mix and switch off.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of fresh curry leaves.

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  1. 5 stars
    This prawn roast is packed with flavour and looks so tempting!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Divya…

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, that blue background really makes the warm colors in that prawn dish pop! Love the way that curry leaf garnish echoes the pattern on the plate too.
    I can’t eat prawns either (shellfish allergy) but prawns aren’t available in Nepal anyway. Those spices look like they’d work ell with chicken though too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I never knew there were places with no prawns available! Thank you so much Bibi for your lovely comment…

  3. Good one Rafee. When my Umma makes Biryani she counts the number of prawns she puts into the Masala. And while serving she distributes equal quantity. It has many times left me in awe thinking how well she takes care of minute things.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… even my umma does that, but I don’t know how to do it… Thank you so much Febi…

  4. Looks so yum. I cook prawns only once in a while but the next time I do, I think I’ll surely check out this recipe again. And I love your presentation!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  5. They look absolutely delicious… my son loves prawns… will in sha allah prepare for him…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      InShaAllah, do let me know how it turns out for you.. Thanks a lot Niloufer..

  6. I love prawn! This looks very tasty, Rafee. We have a rather mild summer and still haven’t used a fan yet…hot and dry summer is bearable, but hot and humid…just terrible. Hope you have your holiday soon!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Here, it is humid and so unbearable! Thank you so much Angie…

  7. Now this is what i call wanting to eat off the screen
    No words today! Gawking! Gawking and more! Send the second one! ????????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… πŸ˜€

  8. Here everyone are big big fans of prawns…..! This is madly tempting roast…. !No wonder everyone licked their plates….. πŸ™‚ love ur second pic

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  9. Tempting prawns curry. love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  10. prawn roast looks great and lovely pics rafee.i did not taste prawns till now but after seeing this one:)i really want to give a try on prawns recipes

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You haven;t tasted prawns!!! :O That sounds unbelievable! Hope you try it soon… Thanks a lot Remya….

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