Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unakka Chemmeen/Dry Prawns Chammanthi

A bowl of rice,any curry and this dry prawns/unakka chemeen chammanti is sometimes all what is needed for lunch.But in the family there are both types of people,one who just loves dry prawns and the rest who just hates it. 
Its my hubby who doesn't like dry prawns and so do my children,not only dry prawns even dried fishes etc.Actually his whole family just don't like these types of side dishes.Even I don't like the dried fish,but love the dried prawns/unakka chemeen in different forms.Usually I have this when I am back home in India,as my Dad loves this so whenever these are available my Umma prepares this.We don't need fish curry or fry when this is there, a simple dal curry is more than enough.A simple and easy to prepare chammanthi 
Unakka Chemmeen/Dried Prawns       1/2 cup
Grated Coconut               11/4 cup
Red chili powder            1/4 -1/2 tsp(as per tolerance)
Shallot                 1 chopped
Bird's eye chili     1-2(optional- I had a few so used )
Salt        as needed
-Clean the prawns by removing the head, tail and then wash well and drain.
-Heat a small pan and dry roast the prawns (no oil is added),for 2-3 minutes till a little crisp.Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
-Now add all the ingredients along with the dry prawns into the mixer and grind coarsely,till everything combines well.
*I have used 1/4 tsp of chilly powder along with the bird's eye chili. 


  1. my mom makes this too,one of my fav..but its been long since I had this now,tempting :)

  2. Lovely recipe.. will try out sometime

  3. looks like a simple and wonderful side.

  4. some hot kanji to pair with it and its gonna be heavenly...love it

  5. Loved the recipe...looks delicious!!

  6. I have never heard of this before! Being Bengali, we use dried fish and prawn for curries, but love the sounds of a rice dish using it


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