Keralas spicy grilled prawns is an excellent dish made with prawns cooked in a tangy freshly ground Kerala masala. Simple and lip-smacking!



Spicy grilled prawns - Prawn fry is considered to be the signature dish of Kerala.

Spicy grilled prawns

Keralas spicy grilled prawns is an excellent dish made with prawns cooked in a tangy freshly ground Kerala masala. Simple and lip-smacking!

When I think about Kochi my home town in kerala, India, the first image that conjures up in the mind is that of the Chinese fishing nets. These nets are over 500 years old and were first introduced by Chinese emperor Zheng He. Located at Fort Kochi, these cantilevered fishing accessories have over the years become a popular tourist attraction. Just like any other tourist, I was most excited about seeing this unique process of fishing with these Chinese fishing nets.

Spicy grilled prawns - Prawn fry is considered to be the signature dish of Kerala.

Spicy grilled prawns

Listed below are a few facts about the Chinese fishing nets.

*These fishing nets are permanently fixed on-shore installations that are set up on bamboo and teak poles and work on the principle of balance

  • They droop towards the water like over-sized hammocks and are counterbalanced by stones
  • The fishermen open the nets at a particular time keeping in mind the state of the tides
  • A team of six or more fishermen operates each installation at a time. Two people walk on the beam so that the net descends into the water while one person opens the net and leaves it in the water for about four to five minutes.
  • The remaining three pull the ropes thereafter so that the net comes back up and they can finally see how much fish they have managed to catch
  • Once they are done fishing, they carefully tie the net to the pole and head out to sell their fresh catch of the day.

It was amazing to see these fishermen complete their task so effortlessly. They not only enjoyed the entire process but also made it super fun for people who were watching them. One of their best catch is the prawns, were I would like to share keralas spicy grilled prawns.

Spicy grilled prawns - Prawn fry is considered to be the signature dish of Kerala.

Keralas spicy grilled prawns- Instructions to prepare.

preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves 4 as a starter

For the masala:

  • Hot red chillies – 2 nos
  • Cloves garlic – 2 nos
  • A thumb-sized lump of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Black peppercorns, coarsely ground – 6 nos
  • cumin seed – 2 teaspoons
  • ground turmeric – ½ teaspoon
  • coriander seeds, crushed – 1 teaspoon
  • creamed coconut – 50 gms
  • water or natural yoghurt to mix
  • 500g large, juicy prawns (shelled)
  • To serve – a little chopped coriander leaves and some wedges of lime

Method to prepare keralas spicy grilled prawns.

  1. Slice the chillies in half, scraping out the seeds if you want a milder spice mixture.
  2. Put the chillies into a blender or food processor with the garlic, the ginger thinly sliced, the peppercorns, cumin seed, turmeric, coriander seed and creamed coconut.
  3. Blitz to a thick mush, adding a little water or yoghurt until you have a loose paste.
  4. Scrape into a medium sized bowl.
  5. Rinse and dry the prawns then toss them in the masala paste and set aside for an hour or so.
  6. During this time the prawns will take up some of the flavours from the masala.
  7. Get an overhead grill hot.
  8. Thread the prawns, three or four at a time, onto skewers, a bit messy this, but it makes the prawns much easier to turn.
  9. Cook them under the grill (or on a griddle) for a couple of minutes until they are sizzling and fully opaque.
  10. Serve keralas spicy grilled prawns, with a little chopped coriander leaves and lime juice.
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Spicy grilled prawns

Keralas spicy grilled prawns is an excellent dish made with prawns cooked in a tangy freshly ground Kerala masala. Simple and lip-smacking!



Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, kerala cuisine
Keyword Keralas spicy grilled prawns
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 195kcal
Author Sumith Babu

Ingredients

Ingredients to prepare Keralas spicy grilled prawns

  • 500 gms prawns
  • 1/4 cup water or natural yoghurt to mix
  • 2 red chillies chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger chopped
  • 6 black peppercorns coarsely grounded
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds coarsely grounded
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds coarsely grounded
  • 50 gms coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

Method to prepare keralas spicy grilled prawns.

  • Slice the chillies in half, scraping out the seeds if you want a milder spice mixture.



  • Put the chillies into a blender or food processor with the garlic, the ginger thinly sliced, the peppercorns, cumin seed, turmeric, coriander seed and creamed coconut. Blitz to a thick mush, adding a little water or yoghurt until you have a loose paste. Scrape into a medium sized bowl.



  •  Rinse and dry the prawns then toss them in the masala paste and set aside for an hour or so. During this time the prawns will take up some of the flavours from the masala.



  • Get an overhead grill hot. Thread the prawns, three or four at a time, onto skewers, a bit messy this, but it makes the prawns much easier to turn.



  • Cook them under the grill (or on a griddle) for a couple of minutes until they are sizzling and fully opaque.



  • Serve keralas spicy grilled prawns, with a little chopped coriander leaves and lime juice.



Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 317mg | Sodium: 983mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Vitamin E: 2mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 4mg
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