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Chemmeen Pollichathu



Chemmeen Pollichathu is a delicious recipe in which prawns is slowly cooked in a tangy and spicy coconut sauce wrapped in banana leaf.The uniqueness of this recipe is due to the distinct aroma infused by banana leaf that is used to cover the fish or the prawns masala. I have used kodum puli as a souring agent. We can also use tomatoes or tamarind. In some regions tender tamarind leaves is used instead. If you are lucky to get tender tamarind leaves try it with this recipe. it tastes even better.Give this recipe a try, you will surely enjoy :)


Ingredients
Prawns- 1 lb
Crushed shallots- 1 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Garlic- 6-7
Green chilly- 2
Kudampuli/ Gambooge- 2peice
( or use Kokum or Tamarind)
Thick coconut milk-1/3 cup
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil- 2 tsp




Heat oil in a pan and add minced garlic,ginger and green chilly and fry for a minute followed by shallot /onion and fry till golden brown. Add turmeric powder followed by kukum, salt,coriander powder, chilly powder and garam masala. Add prawns and fry for a minute till it changes color. Now add the coconut milk and simmer till the masala is reduced. Keep this aside.
Take banana leaf and gently place on the gas stove flame turning each side quickly till it changes color. Place this leaf on a plate and layer the prawns masala. Fold in from all side wrap the leaf and tie it. (Have a look here ) . Heat a manchatti ( earthen ware) with lid or a tawa. Grease it with a little oil and place the wrap in and cover and cook for 2-3 minutes turning sides in between. Serve with rice or pathiri.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy.

Comments

  1. Super recipe...my mom used to make it....missing it very much...Nice presentation...

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  2. awesome recipe...thanx suja for sharing..
    Tasty Appetite

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  3. wow looks so inviting and very delicious !!

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  4. Now that looks delicious... Yum :)

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  5. Woww Suja, am drooling rite now here, wat a fabulous masala..cant take my eyes from the click..

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  6. Hi,
    First time here...
    That looks yummy and tempting!

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  7. that look so yummy n flavorful..i like cooking fish in banana leaves..

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  8. Delicious preparation...spicy and yummy pollichathu..loved the recipe

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  9. OMG ...this is damn tempting ...wow ...can't stop drooling ..

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  10. delicious I like the aroma from the banana leaf

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  11. delicious...loooks so inviting and yummy !

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  12. That makes me drool suja..The photographs are so real and ethnic that anyone will die for it !! delicious make !!

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  13. What an authentic presentation dear..loved it!

    US Masala

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  14. Love the flavor and color of the prawns.

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  15. Delicious prawn fry cooking it in plantain leaf gives it an awesome flavor.Yet another superb seafood preparation from you.

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  16. Wow Suja...where did you manage to get a banana leaf?

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  17. This is such an authentic preparation and I can bet on the exotic flavors that the banana leaf cooked in an earthen pot imparts to this prawn preparation.Yummaaayyy!!!

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  18. Omg, mouthwatering here, definitely cooking in plantain leaf will give an different flavour..YUmmm!

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  19. Looks so yummy. Where do you get Plantain leaves in the US? Plz plz tell me. I want to go pick some up as well.

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  20. wow, this have come out so well chechi, actually i was waiting it to be Spring so that we will have plenty of vazhayilas around here ..Ethunadikittu thanne karyam..

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  21. Looks absolutely mouthwatering ...lovely color..
    Sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

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  22. Adipoli recipe Suja... what is this kukum? I havent heard about that.

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  23. wow..looks so inviting and yummy....the pics itself made me drool.will try this someday.

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  24. Thanks all for stopping by and the sweet comments.
    Jincy thanks for pointing out..what I used was Malabar Tamarind or kudampuli. Kokum is also a souring agent popular in Konkan and West Indian recipes

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  25. Delicious! Love the aroma of banana leaf used for wrapping the prawn...

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  26. ingane kothipikkanoooo...adipoli...

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  27. Delicious chemmeen. nice clicks.

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  28. assalayittundu..... aashamsakal........

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  29. Lovely recipe and an awesome presentation .. I am actually drooling...:)
    Reva

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  30. Looks delicious, loved the recipe:)

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  31. Gosh they look so luscious! prawns is my love!

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  32. wow Suja thats awesome...want to have it now

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  33. Wow look spicy and delicious!!

    Do visit me @ http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

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  34. oh my gosh...looks super delicious n yummy...love ur style of cooking non veg dishes..mind-blowing!

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  35. Thanks all for the sweet comments..do visit again:)

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  36. looks delectable...mouth watering!
    I'm following you...right away
    do check my space when time permits

    Cheers,
    Binitha
    yourstastefully.blogspot.com

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