We look at Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdulla, first published by Orient Longman in 1981. The recipe for Chemmeen Porichathu or Fried Prawns is a keeper, there is the added step of double cooking the prawns, but counter-intuitively, this doesn’t dry out the prawns, as you might expect. With a heaping of boiled rice and yoghurt, this could be a lunch that makes a hungry family very happy.
The Mappilas are a community of Muslims on the Malabar coast of Kerala. Concentrated in the northern towns of Kannur, Calicut and Thalassery, from Kasaragod to Thrissur, they trace their origins to trade with West Asia. Kerala’s location on the coast, and its history as an ancient global trading post, left the region exposed to influences from all over the world. It is no accident that the country’s first synagogue, church and mosque were all built around Kerala. As Arab traders arrived in Kerala to find the black gold of the spice trade, their culture, cuisine and customs merged with locals through intermarriage. The Mappilas share a language and a love of coconut with the rest of the state, but their cuisine remains distinctive on several counts.
Chemmeen Porichathu (Fried Prawns)
200 g shelled prawns
3 tsp chilli powder
4 cloves garlic
4 cm piece of cinnamon
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp aniseed
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Clean and wash the prawns with a little salt. Grind all the ingredients with salt. Cook the prawns with ground ingredients in a little water till the prawns are cooked and the water absorbed.
Heat the oil in a kadai. Add the prawns and fry till the prawns are crisp.
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