Prawns in coriander seed gravy (Chemmen Masala kutaan)

Prawns            -deveined                    1 cup
Tomatoes, chopped                 2 medium
Coriander seeds                      3 tbspn
Dry coconut, grated                3 tbspn
Red chillies                             6
Cinnamon                                2 inch stick
Cardamom                              2

Mustard seeds                         1 tspn
Red chillies (optional) 2
Cumin seeds                ½ tspn
Curry leaves                1 stalk
Oil                               3 tbspn


Dry roast grated coconut, coriander seeds, red chillies, cinnamon and cardamom and use a blender to make a fine masala powder
Cook the prawns with ½ cup water, chopped tomatoes and 2 tspns of the masala powder until half done
Now add water and blend the masala powder into a smooth paste
Add this paste to the partly cooked prawns and bring to boil with the required amount of salt
Let it simmer for few minutes until the masala is absorbed into the prawns
Season the gravy with the seasoning ingredients
Serve with hot rice

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