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Kerala Style Prawn Roast – ‘Chemmeen Roast’


kerala style prawn roast

Kerala Style Prawn Roast


I dont’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good Kerala Style Prawn Roast. Succulent and tangy prawns roasted perfectly in a blend of spices that accentuates the seafood delightfully. This recipe really is particularly boosted by the ginger which is added towards the end. I believe it’s what makes this dish so good.

Kerala Style Prawn Roast

Recipe Type: Seafood Main Course
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 20
Total time: 
Serves: 4


  • 250 gms medium sized prawns
  • ingredients for kerala style prawn roast3-4 Tbsp Oil – Use Coconut Oil for authentic Kerala Flavor
  • 2 red onions sliced
  • 5 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 small green chillies, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped


  • 1 tsp turmeric powder + a little for cooking the prawnsspices for kerala style prawn roast
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • Lime sized ball of tamarind pulp
  • salt to taste


  •  Clean the prawns, Devein them.

cleaned prawns for kerala style prawn roast

  • Cook with salt and a little turmeric in a little water till tender. Strain.
  • Soak the tamarind  in about ¾ cup of Hot Water till softened. Mash to get a thick liquid. Remove the pulp.

for kerala style prawn roast- tamarind solution

  •  Heat coconut oil in a wide wok, add the onion, garlic  and green chillies and saute till pale golden.

saute ingredients for kerala style prawn roast for kerala style prawn roast = saute till golden

  • Add the spice powders and stir on low flame till spices are cooked and aromatic without burning the spices.

add spices for kerala style prawn roast stir till spices are cooked - for kerala style prawn roast

  • Add a couple of Tablespoons of the tamarind water and the tomatoes. Also add salt to taste. Stir and allow the tomatoes to cook down.

add tomatoes for kerala style prawn roast

  • Once the tomatoes have cooked down, add the prawns.

for kerala style prawn roast = toss the prawns in the masala

  • Toss well, coating the prawns thoroughly with the masala mixture.  ( Allow the prawns to ‘roast’ in the juices).

for kerala style prawn roast- cook till well coated

  • Taste and add spoonfuls of the tamarind solution till you get the desired tartness. Continue to stir and cook.

for kerala style prawn roast= add tamarind solution as needed.

  • Now add the ginger and curry leaf to the prawn masala.

for kerala style prawn roast - add ginger

  • Stir and cover tightly. Allow the wok to develop steam and the prawns to sweat for a while. Open and stir occasionally till the prawns are deliciously roasted to perfection in  the masala mixture.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat, keep covered and allow to rest for a while.
  • You can garnish with coriander leaves if desired.

Kerala Style Prawn Roast

Try it and let us know – Kerala Style Prawn Roast.

This dish can be made with squid/calamari as well.
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