Grandma`s Prawn Pickle | SuperChef Nandakumar

Grandma`s Prawn Pickle

Traditional Kerala Cuisine

Ingredients for Marinating

Med. Prawns deveined and cleaned meat 500 gms
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Red chilly powder 2 Tbsp
Fish Masala Powder 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Powder ½ tsp
Refined Oil or Bran oil or Sesame oil For frying
Lemon Juice 1Lemon

Ingredients for Making Pickle

Ginger chopped 100 gms
Garlic net wt. 100 gmd
Green chillies, chopped 10 nos
Curry Leaves 2 sprigs
Oil – as above, after frying Prawns 4 tbsp
Vinegar 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek seed ¼ tsp
Chilly Powder 3 tbsp
Fish Masala Powder 2tbsp
Black Pepper Powder 1 tsp
Coccum 5 pcs
Salt To taste


  • wash deveined Prawns in running water, drain water in a Strainer , Pat with Kitchen Towel and dry well.
  • Marinate Prawns with the ingredients mentioned above in Column 1 [Ingredients for marinating] and keep aside for 30 minutes .
  • In the meantime wash Coccum in cold water keep ina small bowl with water just above 2 level of Coccum.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the marinated prawn, till it changes the colour and becomes slightly crunchy. Place this on a parchment paper to absorb the oil fully.
  • From this oil transfer 4 Tbsp. of fried oil into a new Kadai and heat. When the oil is hot  enough, add mustard seeds and Fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  • After the Mustard seeds get spluttered , add GG and green chilly and sauté well, when these are cooked well add Masala powders, cook well till the raw smell ceases.
  • Transfer fried Prawns , Pour Vinegar and Coccum water and fry well. Add Half cup of Hot water and reduce to a thick masala Consistency.
  • Your Prawn Pickle will be Yummy with rice or may be ari Pathiri
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