Chemmeen fry – Kochi style

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Chemmeen or Prawns fry is one of my kid’s favourites and I learnt this recipe from my friend who is staying in Kochi. My friend is belonging to the fisherman community and his family members are engaged in fishing. Most of them are having their own prawn farms or Chemmeen Kettu. Kochi is a very beautiful place where you can experience sea and lake on either side of a road. I felt the land area is less in Kochi and wherever you turn you see only the water bodies. I learnt from the locals that the same field is used for paddy and prawn farming. During the monsoon, the field is used for the traditional paddy cultivation and in the summer, the same field is used for prawn farming after the harvest.

During my three days stay, I got enough chances to taste variety of dishes from there. This easy to prepare chemmeen fry is one among those tasty items…

Chemmeen fry – Kochi style


  • Chemmeen shelled an cleaned –500 gm (small size)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Salt to taste

Chemmeen fry – Kochi style

  • Coconut oil – 100 ml
  • Green chilly – 5 – 6 halved
  • Curry leaves
  • Kashmiri chilly powder – 2 tsp
  • Freshly ground pepper – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Onion sliced – 1 medium

Method of Preparation:

Chemmeen fry – Kochi style

  • Cover and cook chemmeen with turmeric powder, water, and salt over medium heat until the chemmeen is done well and all the water is dried up
  • Heat oil in a wok and stir fry chemmeen for 3-4 mins over medium heat
  • Now add curry leaves and green chilly and stir well and continue frying the prawns

Chemmeen fry – Kochi style

Once it is done like in the picture, add Kashmiri chilly powder, pepper powder, and garam masala and sauté for 1 min

Now add sliced onion, combine all the ingredients  well,  cover and cook for 1 min

Chemmeen fry – Kochi style

Chemmeen fry is done and it is ready to serve.

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