Of Flavours & Tastes…
I am not sure how everyone feels while immersed in childhood memories.The homely food cherished during your childhood is a vital part of memory.Sometimes you can feel and experience the aroma wafting around you from past.The abrupt end of such dreams makes me rush to kitchen,to prepare what I lost there,on my way to be a woman..It’s magical.It’s therapeutic. Once I taste it and find it almost real,the pleasure is immense.Here is one of such reminiscences from past.Unakka chemmeen or dried prawns fry.Lightly spiced and fried in coconut oil,I love this with fluffy rice or choodu kanji (hot rice gruel).Check once to see the magic,with minimum ingredients !
1/2 cup dried prawns,cleaned and washed
1/2 cup shallots / kunjulli sliced finely
1 tsp kashmiri chilly powder or crushed chilly flakes
handful of fresh curry leaves
2-3 tbsps of oil,preferably coconut oil for that authentic taste
salt as required
Wash the cleaned dried prawns and carefully squeeze the water.Heat a pan and reduce it to medium flame.Drop the washed prawns into the pan and stir occasionally.This has to be done at least for three minutes.Then again reduce the heat to minimum and fry the prawns till its firm and dry.You may check breaking the prawn.If it’s really breaking into half,then it’s the time to shift it from the pan.This stage is very crucial.Be careful not to burn them.Once it’s done shift to a bowl.Heat oil in the pan and fry the sliced small onions along with curry leaves.Roast till the shallots turn brown and curry leaves nicely fried.Reduce the heat and add the fried prawns to this.Mix well and fry for a minute.Add the chilly powder and salt.Mix gently and fry till everything is blend well and a nice aroma fills your kitchen.Enjoy with rice or kanji !