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Spice it up: The Perfect Blend of Flavors in Kerala Prawn Pickle

Pickle is one of the most loved sides to the meals in Indian households. There are many varieties of pickles one may make, making every kind distinct to each other due to its spice level, texture, and the main ingredient that’s ‘pickled’. And every now and then, people keep experimenting with different kinds of ingredients to come up with a unique flavour. In the heart of Kerala's culinary traditions lies a beloved treasure: prawn pickle. Small prawns fried to perfection and made in a flavourful gravy; prawn pickle is a usual in the central part of Kerala. This delightful fusion of summer vibes and seafood flavors is a true culinary gem that captures the essence of Kerala's vibrant food culture. 

Origins and Heritage:

The story of prawn pickle traces back to ancient times, where the Dutch term "pikel" and the Persian influence of "Achar" merged to create the flavorful tradition, we know today. India's love affair with pickles dates to 2030 BC. Kerala and Goa stand out for their unique prawn pickle variations like Chemmeen Achar and prawn balchao. 

Crafted with Love and Tradition:

Prawn pickle, fondly known as 'Chemmeen Achar' in Malayalam, is more than just a condiment—it's a legacy passed down through generations. The art of preparing this delicacy involves a meticulous process of marinating fresh prawns with a variety of Kerala spices, and the taste blends very well with any meal.  

Versatile Delight for Every Palate:

Beyond its standalone appeal, prawn pickle is a versatile companion that elevates a variety of dishes. Whether paired with steaming hot rice, crispy dosas, fluffy appams, or even sandwiches, this spicy and savory delight adds a zesty punch to every meal. While savouring the prawn pickle, biting on small pieces of prawns is the highlight. Depending on the texture and spice level of the pickle, there are some who even have it as a curry because just the prawn pickle can serve the purpose of a complete meal.  

Health Benefits Wrapped in Flavor:

While prawn pickle tantalises your taste buds, it also offers a range of health benefits. Prawns, packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, promote heart health, while the medley of spices in the pickle brings digestive and anti-inflammatory properties to the table, making it a wholesome addition to your diet. Homemade pickle will always stand out in quality and health benefits compared to the industry made pickles due to the preservatives used in the latter. While it can be addictive, it’s always great to make it a practice to consume it in moderation. If you are allergic to prawns, it’s advised to stay away from consuming it and opt for some alternate options such as tuna pickle, or cut mango pickle etc.  

Preserving Culinary Traditions:

The love for prawn pickle goes beyond its taste—it's about preserving cultural traditions. One of the usual scenes we have grown up seeing is how Amma used to sit with a bowl of prawns washed thoroughly and extracted out of its skin neatly. The technique is very satisfying to watch, and it takes a skilled pair of hands to clean the prawns the right way, also devening it. Passed down through generations, each jar of prawn pickle holds not just flavors but stories and techniques safeguarded and cherished, offering a taste of Kerala's coastal heritage in every bite. Whether enjoyed as a standalone delight or paired with a meal, prawn pickle invites you to explore the vibrant tastes and cultural richness of Kerala's culinary tapestry.

Discover Authenticity at Tocco:

For those seeking the authentic taste of homemade prawn pickle and other regional delicacies, dive into the culinary treasures waiting for you on Tocco. Let the essence of Kerala's kitchens come alive in your home, as home chefs share their culinary heritage with you, one delicious bite at a time.


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