Monday, August 14, 2006

Spicy Chemmeen Peera...

This last Saturday we decided to eat out and we took my mom to a South Indian restaurant. Tired of the standardized Indian menu…the menu here was a big relief. It had Alapuzha fish curry, madras chicken, karimeen fry etc..etc. My mom was impressed and so we were planning on what to order even as Nirmal was staring at the prices on the menu !!!!

Nirmal being a big shrimp lover, ordered the madras shrimp masala and me and my mom order kari meen fry and alapuzha fish curry. The waiter promised to make the dishes spicy for us. So even before the cook had a chance to get his stove ready we started to talk about how great a find this restaurant was and I was explaining to my mother that since they had a malayalee cook, the taste should be close to what we have in kerala !!!! – It took me 20min to realize that I had spoken a little too fast.

The biggest disappointment was the madras shrimp masala. The dish was made from tiger shrimp and had these huge chunks of shrimps fried in a mix of onions, tomatoes, lot of masala and coconut milk. It was no where close to the kerala taste that we had expected and no where close to being spicy.

So in this recipe I would like to introduce to you the ‘Chemmeen Peera’(spicy shrimp with coconut mix) . It is a blend of the authentic Kerala taste, no masala and the necessary spice you can easily concoct this dish. Since it has no masala in it, the taste of shrimp will linger longer in your taste buds and if you can’t win your husband over with this – then there is no saying how else you can win !!!


  • shrimp - 1 lb
  • coconut grated - one half
  • green chillies - 6
  • small onions (shallot) - 10-15
  • ginger - 1 inch peice
  • curry leaves - 2 springs
  • chilli powder - 3 tbs
  • turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • coconut oil - 3 tsp
  • salt to taste

  • Clean the shrimp. Cut the shrimp into small bite size peices. Cut the oninons into very thin slices. chope the green chillies and ginger.put together all the ingredients in a bowl . Mix well this with 2 tsp of coconut oil.transfer this mix into a vessel and add just 1/2 cup of water.U don't need to add much water since the shrimp has a better moisture content.Cover the vessal with a lid and cook until done and all the water is evoparated.aprox time 20 mins. when its done remove from fire and add the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil and few curry leaves..


  • The shrimp that we get in india is smaller in size and has a better taste than what we get here in U.S. To get all the masala into the shrimp, cut it into small bite sizes.
  • I f u r not a big fan of spicy food, u can reduce the chilli powder to 2 tbs or even 1 tbs..but this perticular receipe need to be spicy to taste good!!


Blogger archana said...

Hi Maneka,
I am a huge fan of prawns, and make Peera often. Thank you for the recipe. How did you like Alappuzha fish curry? Nice photo too

11:48 PM  
Blogger maneka nirmal said... curry was not bad was not spicy though..we like everything hot and spicy..

9:54 AM  
Blogger Revathi said...


Talk to me about the india -restaurants here. I went to a restaurant and the waitress promised me the authentic hyderbad biriyani.. It was sooooooooooo horrible i cant tell u - Thanks for the recipe and a nice foto :)

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shrimp peera? I have never made peera with shrimp. Thank you

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anitha from Melbourne said...

Can I make peera with Tuna?
Do u reckon there will be a distinctive difference in taste?

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the step by step guidance as how to make chemmeen peera. Sure gonna try this one of these days.
I tried chemmen ularthu recipe and came out excellent

5:52 AM  
Blogger Anitha said...

I love kerala the way I live in Atlanta too..will u please suggest me the some good places where I can buy would be very helpful.......Anu

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Blogger Viji said...

Hi Maneka,
I Love prawns,I had prepared this dish from your blog.My godnesssss!!!!Its fabulous...My hus who dont eat shrimp started to eat and left only some for me????Wowww great recipe and thanks for sharing.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi maneka

jest one kwestion...the recipe for chemmen peera says i have to use one half cocunut.........i m a bit confused wht does this it one or half or one and a half??

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi meneka.... i think we can also use sardine and other small fishes.... wat do u say...

3:42 PM  
Blogger Satman said...

Hi Maneka
Did you miss the part where you add the grated coconut in your recipe? YOu had crated coconum under the ingredients but didnt see u mention where and how u would use it.

Let us know. Sounds very interesting, shall try at home!


9:45 AM  
Anonymous Jeethu said...

OMG!this is fantastic.

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Blogger jiji said...

Thank you for posting..I will try to make today....

5:02 AM  
Blogger Balakrishnan Ananthakrishnan said...

Awesome.. its sooo simple.. that even i made a good dish out of it!! the only problem was cleaning the shrimp, that i had to google it...

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Blogger alexr said...

don't you need to use any "puli" in this recipe.its looks good w/o it but dnot sure how it taste

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have a recipe for a Chemmeen Peera that i got from a Keralan chef except this adds Garam Masala.
Perhaps you could try it next time
Same amount as the turmeric

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Hi Maneka. Why are you so fond of cooking Spicy foods? Is it true that they are good appetizers?

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