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Unakka Chemmeen Varuthathu ~ A typical Kerala village style preparation of dried prawns !

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 !

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

Method

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 !

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22 comments on “Unakka Chemmeen Varuthathu ~ A typical Kerala village style preparation of dried prawns !

  1. PT
    December 3, 2012

    like that cute moram 🙂 i love dried prawns.. i usually prepare dried prawns gravy for roti..

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  2. Suja Manoj
    December 3, 2012

    Love this,seems it has been ages since I had this,love the presentation,especially the moram..

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  3. Vimitha Anand
    December 3, 2012

    lovely presentation… and tempting fry

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  4. Rashida Shaikh
    December 3, 2012

    This is such a great treat for seafood lovers, though I'm not fan of it but it seems good.

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  5. Julie
    December 3, 2012

    Ayyo..Its been years I had this,drooling..kothipichuu:)
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  6. Priya
    December 3, 2012

    A real treat to eyes, we do almost something like this with these tiny prawns, but this sounds more interesting, very tempting.

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  7. divya
    December 4, 2012

    looks awesome…

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  8. Insignia
    December 4, 2012

    My husband likes sea food a lot; especially the cured and dried ones. Your recipe seems so simple. I will have him read this post. He can cook and eat it too 🙂

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  9. Thommy
    December 4, 2012

    Hear after a while…Great New Design and delicious recipes

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  10. Rani's gourmet
    December 4, 2012

    looks so tempting…unakachemmen is all time favorite of all keralites..

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  11. anilkurup
    December 4, 2012

    Reading this itself might give me an anaphylatic shock.
    How I love it and the theeyal too but alas!

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  12. Priya
    December 4, 2012

    Dhyuthi,regarding ur qn about wheat pastry flour, you can replace it with all purpose flour completely or else a cup of whole wheat flour + a cup of maida flour,hope this helps.

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  13. Nandini
    December 4, 2012

    Wow! Looks tasty! I'd love to have this for dinner!

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  14. Vidya Chandrahas
    December 4, 2012

    Looks delicious…very tempting

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  15. Ganga Sreekanth
    December 4, 2012

    Great clicks dear. . . .Kothi vannittu vayya

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  16. Jay
    December 4, 2012

    just wonderful…
    Tasty Appetite

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  17. Latha Madhusudhan
    December 5, 2012

    Wow!! beautiful clicks for a drool worthy dish.

    Perfect combi luvg it.

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  18. Shabbu
    December 5, 2012

    Tempting and yummy..nice presentation..

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  19. Jay
    December 6, 2012

    these are adorable..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  20. Maha Gadde
    December 7, 2012

    quite new recipe..header of ur was so cool
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  21. devangana
    December 8, 2012

    Nice presentation..

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  22. Gauri
    December 9, 2012

    Lovely recipe.. I love dried shrimp.. but my husband detests it .. so I eat it only when I go to mom's place!

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