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This is a spicy dish, well flavored with cocum and pepper. It's an easy chemmeen roast/fry preparation. It goes well with rice.

Kerala Style Prawns/Shrimp Roast (Chemmeen / Konchu Olathiyathu)

This is a spicy dish, well flavored with cocum and pepper. It is a simple and quick chemmeen roast preparation. It goes well with rice.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 serving
Calories 227 kcal
Author Jane Jojo


  • 1/2 Kilogram Prawns


  • 1/2 Teaspoon turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pepper Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic
  • 1 Cocum (Kudam puli, medium piece)
  • salt
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • 1 Cup onion Small
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Chilly Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon coriander Powder (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon garam masala ( optional)
  • coconut oil / vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Thengakothu (Small Square Size Coconut Pieces )
  • salt


  1. Wash and clean the prawns. Mix together turmeric powder, pepper powder, ginger and garlic (paste form), cocum, salt curry leaves. Marinate prawns well with this mix.
  2. Cover and cook marinated prawns in a pan. Prawns itself has water in it. So you may need to add only 1 - 2 tbsp water to it. It should not get overcooked as well.
  3. Ideally, prawns should get cooked by the time water gets dried up.
  4. Heat 1 -2 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the coconut pieces in medium flame. Stir it continuously. Remove the fried pieces and keep it aside.
  5. Heat oil in the same pan and add finely sliced small onion. Saute until it becomes golden brown color.
  6. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, and garam masala to it. Saute it well. Add oil if required.
  7. Now add cooked prawns and fried coconut pieces to the above mixture. Adjust salt. Mix well, add required oil and cook it covered for around 10 minutes. Stir in between. Prawns get roasted well with this. Enjoy with rice :)
Nutrition Facts
Kerala Style Prawns/Shrimp Roast (Chemmeen / Konchu Olathiyathu)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 420mg140%
Sodium 1321mg57%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 35g70%
Calcium 268mg27%
Vitamin C 24.9mg30%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.