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Chemmeen Ilayada

a Malabari Seafood dish

Malabar Cuisine, influenced by various cultures, has an extensive variety of mouthwatering dishes in its repertoire. Chemmeen Ilayada, is a Malabari seafood dish known for its unique style of preparation and its flavorful taste.


Shrimps/Prawns 500 gms
Onion 1
Green Chillies 2
Garlic 6 cloves
Tomatoes 2
Chilli Powder ½ tbsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tbsp
Grated Coconut 2 cups
Rice Flour 500 gms
Coconut Oil
Curry Leaves
Banana Leaves
Chemmeen Ilayada

Chemmeen Masala: Method of Preparation

Heat oil in a pan and saute the sliced onion, tomatoes, green chillies and chopped garlic. Stir well. Next, add the turmeric and red chilli powders and salt. Mix well. Now add the shrimps/prawns and stir gently. As the prawns begin to change colour add the grated coconut and some water. Continue stirring the mixture and cook till done.

Chemmeen Ada: Method of Preparation

Dampen the rice flour to make a dough and divide the dough into small balls. Take a piece of plantain leaf and place a rice ball on it. Flatten the ball on the plantain leaf to take the shape of a disc. Add the Chemmeen Masala on one half of the flattened dough. Fold the plantain leaf so the disc is folded with the filling inside. Assemble a few such wrapped discs and steam for about 15 minutes.