Unakkameen Podichathu/ Chammanthy - Crushed Salted 'N' Dried Fish

What are you thankful for this year?
On the Sunday before thanksgiving , I have this habit of jotting down all those things that I am thankful to God almighty , for the past year. I go through each blessing again n again , living those moments one more time , telling him , how grateful I am . I know perfectly , whatever I achieve its 5 % me and 95 % the One above .. How about you guys?



Nothing new for  here , as I am so busy planning and preparing for the Thanksgiving Dinner I am hosting this Thursday . 

Just to keep this space alive , I thought I will repost this 2 year old recipe with a new dress , I stitched for it a couple of weeks back . I am not gonna blah , blah you on my love for Salted dried fish , as I have talked about it many times on all these posts on Unakkameen / Dry Fish.
So straight to the recipe :)
Recipe for Dried Fish chutney without coconut ( Unakkameen Podichathu)
Serves - 4
Total cooking time - 4-6 hours for soaking +  30 minutes cooking
Ingredients:-
Unakkameen / Dried Salted Fish - 250 gm
Red chili powder - 3/4 to 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Shallots - 2-3
Garlic - 1 clove
Red chili - 8-9 or  1 or 2 tea spoon of crushed chili flakes( adjust per ur tolerance..this is really spicy)
Curry Leaves - 3-4
Method:-
Soak Unakkameen / Salted fish in water for 4-6 hours or overnight. Add a sheet of teared newspaper along with it. This absorbs the salt.Then cut it into medium pieces
( Note :- A reader send me a mail , opening my eyes to the ill effects of keeping newspapers with fish , I am not gonna do the same  again . Keeping the salted fish a lil longer than usual , i suppose is always better than doing something which can affect your health. Thanks Usha :-) )
Pat dry the fish well and marinate it with chili and turmeric powder and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Heat one or two tablespoons of oil in a pan and fry the fish pieces, until they start to turn reddish brown. Drain on paper towels.
In a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder , or small jar of mixie , add shallots , garlic , chili and curry leaves , and fried fish and crush it. Use the pulse action and pulse it for 3-4 times or until it is crushed.
Good day
Sarah 

48 comments:

Anshika said...

You always make something different. I love it.

Babli said...

This dish is absolutely new for me. Thanks for posting this lovely and new dish. It looks very delicious.

Anncoo said...

This dish is beautiful. Wonder what is dry fish?

prasu said...

wow.......looks really yummy dear...

Nirmal said...

Penkoche,
Nee enne kothippikathe.
Where did you buy Dry fish from?

Sarah Naveen said...

Thank u all!!! Anncoo Dry fish is salted and sun dried fish,like the beef jerky...
Nirmal chechi...OUR Pathmark has dry pollock fish..I got it from there...chunky pieces..

Saju said...

wow!!! naatile orma vannu..

Sangeetha Subhash said...

kidilan aayittundu ketto.. eniku vishakunne..:)

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Entammoo..unakkameeno...evidevare manam varunnu..yummmm....super!!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Sounds easy....colourfull

Gulmohar said...

That made me nostalgic...adipoli..:-)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

u definitely have a way in preparing ur dishes...

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats something different, havent heard abt this before...sounds interesting and looks delicious too...

Akal's Saappadu said...

it's been years since I ate it, usually I do it like a tomato chutney and I don't grind ; your versions is interesting & different and sounds delicious; will be great with curd rice too :)

Anonymous said...

Do you know some place where we can buy dry fish in California area?
Chammanthi nannayirikunnu

chakhlere said...

wow!! Never heard of this dish before.. looks yummy!!

*sangi* said...

Ethra simple recipe!adipoli pic!

meeso said...

Never had it... looks and sounds delicious :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Just rasam and this will do for me...perfect one.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Mouthwatering dry fish podichathu. Dry fish in any form makes me drool:) Very nice picture.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wow! this looks absolutely delicious dear.

shahana said...

Ohh !!pathmarkilum unnakkameen kittumo?next day thannai medichu dinner kanjiyum unnakkameen pudichathumaakkam.Thanks 4 the idea!!!

lissie said...

entamme...kurachu kanji koodi kittiyirunnenkil...! awesome recipe!

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

I totally agree with Lissie! :) We make a similar version and I am addicted to it!

Btw, I really wish I could send some Konju varuthatu across :)Or how abt the good ole' barter system?? :D

I Run for Fun said...

This looks yummy. I have some dry fish that my in-laws brought us that I never knew what to do with! This is the perfect recipe.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Suparna said...

This recipe is new to me ..seems u have a treasure of unique recipes dear, nice click too.
TC

Deepti said...

this recipe luks easy n awesome too...nice click.

Aysha said...

Awesome Sara! Awesome...u r such a gr8 cook yaar....gr8 recipe and lovely click

Tina said...

Ente sarah kuttyyy enoodeeeee chati vendarunnu..kandittu kothi sahikkan pattunilla....endu ceyyan unakkameen ente kayil ille...Ma altime fav...kurachu sambarum, vanpayarum, choodu chorum koodi kittiyal...iyyooooo vishakkunnu...

AshKuku said...

All your preps look yum, as always...I simply love this dry fish chutney...I remember my naani preparing it & we used to relish it with just simple piping hot Ganji or Maadbaath...hmmmmm....Divine!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Dry fish looks unbelievable

சங்கர் said...

Really supper

Ganga Sreekanth said...

adioli dear...kothi vannu

DGV said...

if you are cooking turkey, please post a recipe of that. I am hosting thanksgiving dinner this year and i've been looking all over for a Turkey recipe with an Indian twist...and possibly some good spicy spice dishes too (chutney to go with turkey)...Pls post ideas of any before thanksgiving or a recipe or two after thanksgiving :)

thanks and keep up the good work.

Vandana Rajesh said...

Adipoli Sarah...love fish with curd rice yumm...

Rinku Naveen said...

Ugran aayittundu Sarah! We make this everyday as my Amma loves it.Exactly the same way. Love chammandis made on ammi kallu. I miss mine. You mortar and pestle looks lovely. Amazing click. The 2nd pic is a killer one. :)

Sarah Naveen said...

DGV...
I am not making turkey , but going for pork for a change :)..I am not making any other sides with Indian twist too..Its more of a Latin AMerican theme I am going for :(..I came across this recipe for turkey in a mag and here is the link.. ..just go through it if you get a chance , so that you will have an idea :)....http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/11/tandoori-turkey
Plus they have good articles on everything Turkey ....
I am not sure whether i will b able to take any decent pics , since my kitchen counter will be too much crowded with stuffs by then..If i take I will dfntly post :)...
Wish u luck and have a yummy thanksgiving :)...After your stint in kitchen this holiday , hope you will b able to give some Turkey tips for next year..

Ly said...

I remember eating dry fish when I was younger. I haven't had it in a long time. This looks so good though.


-Ly
http://www.lyzhang.com

zareena said...

I love your blog, your writings, your clicks, story behind the clicks and so on..... I love everything in your blog dear. I love this dish a lot. Second pic is amazing.

Lemon and Clove said...

Espectaculares fotografías, felicidades.
saludos.

Toyin O. said...

That looks yummy!

Rachel said...

When I stop by at your space each time, I am always sighing at your beautiful pictures.

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

nannayittundu..... pls visit my blog and support a serious issue.........

Plateful said...

Kandittu kodisahikkunilla.. amazing flavors, Sarah. So are you!

Indu said...

How absolutely beautiful!
Lovely pictures throughout....

Btw, I am planning on getting a new camera...what camera do you use?

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks Indu :)..
I am a Canon Gal ;)...I use a EOS 60D ...

Aysha said...

Awesome presentation Sarah...n the dish is too good!!!!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

ayyo, enikkithu ippo venam ;) Lovely recipes dear, following you ..

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