Prawns Curry Traditional Style

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Prawns Curry
This Prawns curry is prepared in the traditional style in an earthen pot ( known popularly as Meen Chatty) as one find in the places 
Ingredients
Fresh prawns- 500 g , shelled and de-veined
De-veining PrawnsIt is important to clean the prawns. The vein like string appearing in a prawn is actually its internal organs and intestine. If not cleaned it may leave a bad taste / its unhealthy.

The quickest and neatest way to de-vein an uncooked prawn is to insert a fine skewer just behind the head, using it to carefully draw out the vein in one piece).

Onion-3 , thinly slicedGinger- garlic paste – 2 teaspoonTomatoes -2 , chopped

Dark green Curry leaves -1 spring

Red chilly powder -1- 1 ½ teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon ( ½ teaspoon for marinate and ½ for curry )

Pepper powder -1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 2 teaspoon

Cooking oil -2 teaspoon

Water -1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Method

Wash and de-veined the prawns. Marinate with 1 /2 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder . Keep aside for half an hour.Heat oil in earthen pot on slow flame. Add thinly sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Make a paste of red chilly powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and coriander powder with 1 teaspoon water. Add this paste , ginger – garlic paste, curry leaves. Saute slowly for 5-8 minutes. Add prawns and salt to taste. Cover with Earthen pot / Meen Chatty lid. Cook on a medium flame for 15 -20 minutes or till done. Serve with rice / Appam…Suggestion : Use coconut oil as well for cooking. ( I have also made a switch from traditional Kudampuli – Cocum ( or Kokum) – to Tomatoes

Kerala got a lot of village restaurants and Toddy shops. If one wants to enjoy the traditional fish / prawn cuisine of Kerala, one should go to the Toddy shops. But for the cleanliness, and the ambience ( or the lack of it), the food preparation is delicious.

This Prawns curry is prepared in the traditional style in an earthen pot ( known popularly as Meen Chatty) as one find in the places mentioned above. The Keralites believe that the curry made this way taste special and got its own unique flavor. ( the only marked difference being that I have used very little oil and spices; but back inKerala, one can find that the use of oil is very generousand so is red chilly.

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