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Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle

Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle

Today's recipe is a spicy and tongue tickling pickle made with prawns. Everyone has their own version of this delicious pickle. This is my mother's recipe and she has been pampering me with bottles of delicious home made prawns pickle.But when I run out of my stock of pickles I have no other option but to make it myself. I assure you it is a simple and quick recipe and can be preserved for months. It goes well with rice. Small varieties of fresh prawns is best for this  recipe. Try this,you will surely love it.

To marinate the prawns

Small or medium sized prawns- 1 1/2 lb
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

For the masala
Ginger- 3 inch thick peice
Garlic- 2 whole
Green Chilly-6-8
Curry leaves- a few
( make all the above into a course mixture)
Garlic thinly sliced-5- 6 cloves
Mustard powder- 1 tsp
( slightly dry roast mustard and then powder it)
Chilly powder- 2 Tbs
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Clove- 2-3
Hing- 1/3 tsp
Vinegar- 1/2 cup
Gingerly oil- 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Clean  prawns,marinate with the ingredients listed under 'to marinate' and keep it aside for 10 minute. Shallow fry this is two three tbs of gingerly oil and set aside.
In the same pan pour the  rest of the oil and add mustard seeds and clove. When it splutters add  sliced garlic and curry leaves and after a minute the coarsely crushed ginger, garlic and green chilly mixture and saute till it becomes golden brown. Add hing and chilly powder and saute till the raw flavor disappears. Add prawns,mustard powder, fenugreek powder, sugar and salt and mix well. Simmer for two or three minutes and pour vinegar and switch off the flame. Allow this to cool down completely before transferring it into bottles.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. wow ma favourite prawn recipe.. looks awesome and spicy..I love it..

  2. Delicious looking pickle. Already drooling over it.

  3. we prepare it often but with different set of ingredients.. looks delicious..

  4. my husband loves this. we buy this from our local store and he finishes it in no time.

  5. Wow! I love this pickle very much.Yours look so delicious....bookmarking this yummy recipe.

  6. wow.. mouthwatering.. need only this to have rice

  7. Hi Suja Manoj ,

    Prawn pickle looks mouth watering Suja:)))

    YummY recipe!!!

    Keep on Dear...

  8. Adipoli Prawn pickle. Always mom's make best dishes.

  9. Slurp, mouthwatering here, prawn pickle is also my mom's signature dish.. Lipsmacking here.

  10. Woww!! Finger licking achar! Looks so tempting. Its all yum yum imm..

  11. That's awesome Suja.A unique recipe as far as pickle is concerned.I will try it though I usually keep away from Prawns..Extremely spicy and flavorful...Nice clicks as well.

  12. Adipoli achar chechyyyyyyy...

  13. Suja...Drooling on ur page now..Simply irrestible

  14. ആശംസകള്‍............... ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ്‌...... സംസ്ഥാന ചലച്ചിത്ര അവാര്‍ഡു........ വായിക്കണേ.........

  15. I have only tasted the store bought one so far..Now I'll make it at home..will bookmark it.

  16. hi suja, ooooo you must be a great chef or you learn great culinary recipes from your mom. bookmarked this fantastic looking achar.. something unique, a must try for me. have a nice day

  17. oooh my...this is absolutely droolworthy!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  18. yummyyyyy, love them especially when made with the kind of small prawns that we get in Kerala :) Delicious pickle Suja :)

  19. Very tempting achaar with shrimps..looks very tangy and irresistible ..hugs

  20. have tasted this achar during hostel days from a friend...kothiyavunu kandittu :)

  21. Best cookery blog i've seen so far.........

  22. Flavorful and perfectly made.Drools!!

  23. Added to "try next" list :) Thanks for sharing

    1. Irene do try this,you will love it
      Thanks all for stopping by and or the sweet comments:)

  24. Suja. Inikum vennam. Right now. Oh how I am craving for this. Just some rice and loads of achaar. Inda paraya!

  25. Thanks Shella for the sweet comment, same here,just some rice and loads of chemmeen achar :)


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