Kerala Prawns Roast | Chemmeen Roast

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Kerala Prawns Roast is a traditional styled lip smacking dish in Kerala Cuisine. Before I go into finer details, let me give you an idea about roast dishes in Kerala. Unlike the western style that requires baking, Kerala roasts require frying along with a sauce gravy that go with it. In roast dishes the prawns are well covered with the spicy masala. Kerala Prawns Roast is packed with spices and tastes great with rice and Indian breads. The only tip needed for making a delicious Kerala Prawns Roast is not to overcook the prawns. Overcooking tends to make the flesh hard. Chemmeen Roast is a very popular and exotic dish served in all seashore side hotels and restaurants. Kerala, God’s Own Country is rich in coastal areas and you will find hot and spicy seafood dishes quite popular in Malayalee homes. Kerala Prawns Roast is a spicy well flavored dish decorated with fried coconut slices. Cooking in coconut oil is best for roast dishes. Coconut oil gives an aromatic flavor for dishes.

Prawn is very good for health, rich in protein and calcium content. Prawns contain higher than average amounts of cholesterol. So prawn consumption is not advisable for the diet conscious. Prawns are good for growing up kids who require protein in daily diet. For preparing Kerala Prawns Roast we first marinate the prawns with easily available spicy ingredients and later cook the prawns in its own juice in low flame. Prawns absorb the spicy flavors. Later we roast the cooked prawns with the flavorful masala and coconut slices. It is the unique blend of spices that makes Kerala Prawns Roast interesting. You can explore a well detailed recipe of Chemmeen Roast here that can be easily prepared at home. Though the recipe seems long, it is an easy to prepare dish. Do try it at home and enjoy with your family for lunch.


Kerala Prawns Roast | Chemmeen Roast

Prawns Roast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 Servings



  • Take a bowl add prawns, turmeric powder,chilli powder, pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, vinegar, and salt.
  • Mix all the ingredients well. Keep aside for 30 minutes or refrigerate.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan add marinated prawns in it , close with a lid and cook for 2 minutes in medium flame.
  • Open the lid and just sauté it. Then cook again 2 minutes. The prawns cook with its own water, no need to add water.
  • Once the water completely gets dried up, at this stage the prawns gets cooked well. Remove it from the stove.
  • Heat oil in another pan and fry the coconut slices in medium flame. Stir it continuously. Remove the fried pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in the same pan and add chopped shallots, green chilli and curry leaves. Sauté until it becomes golden brown colour.
  • Add chilli powder, coriander powder, and garam masala to it. Sauté it well.
  • Add cooked prawns and fried coconut pieces in it and roast on low heat until prawns get roasted well with this.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice, chapatti etc...


You can explore this dish Nadan Prawns Roast
You can also visit Kerala Chemmeen Fry
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