Unakka chemmeen curry - Dry prawns in coconut sauce


I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend :)...I am back after a weeklong absence with my Favorite and delicious Unakka chemmeen curry..This is a creamy dried shrimp curry cooked in coconut paste , topped with chiles ,cumin and curry leaves and  is  always served on a bed of rice.
Last week during my daily routine call to my mom late at night, she said she is busy making some unakka chemmeen curry for my brother. My tummy giggled with joy at the very mention of this, and i said a nighty-night to her and rushed to make some for me.This is one of my favorite dish (along with dried prawns/unakka chemmeen chammanthi ),which i can have at any time of the day, with some rice; a sort of comfort food for me.[oh i know , i says that to lot of food :)]..Every time i go home during my college days in Cochin, job days in B'lore, my yearly month long vacation from here, she calls me to check what i wanna eat. I have a list that i carefully prepare and this  tops the list :). Though we get dried shrimp here, nothing can beat the taste of the one's  we get back home. So this time my mom carefully fried and packed a bagfull unakka chemmeen for me ,before i left. I already made curry and chammanthi with that 2-3 times and still i have 3/4 of that bag :)..
This dried prawns has a great flavor and very interesting texture compared to other sun dried fish which makes this curry all the more drool worthy.



Recipe for Nadan Unakka Chemmeen curry- dry shrimp in coconut sauce
Ingredients:-
Dry Prawns/Shrimp - 1cup
Small Onion chopped - 1/2 cup
Green chili  chopped - 2
Garlic crushed - 2 cloves
Curry leaves
Tomato chopped - 1
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil
Mustard seeds

Method:-
Clean the dried prawns and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. 
When they pop up add chopped onion and saute for 6-7 minutes. 
Add crushed garlic, curry leaves and chopped green chiles and toss it for another 2 minutes.
Add chopped tomato, turmeric powder and chili powder and fry it for a minute.
Add the cleaned unakka chemmeen / dry shrimp and a cup of water and cook  for 10-12 minutes or till its is done.
Grind grated coconut, cumin seeds and salt to taste ,to a paste and add this to the pan and bring to boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes and remove .
Serve warm
Note:-
Do not add too much salt as this dried shrimp will already have some.Make sure it is optimum before adding coconut paste.
It is better to fry shrimp for 4-5 minutes in a pan in a low flame without adding oil ,before you cook it.
Substitute raw mango for Tomato , you will have an awesome flavor. Add some muringakka/ drumsticks for a an equally good dish.
Cheers
Sarah 

56 comments:

Kairali sisters said...

Sarah..Irresistible curry da..Njan orupadu kalam ay ethu kazhichit, but ee pic kandapol kazhicha oru feel kitty tto..perfect color and looks so delish...

Fathima said...

the pictures are making me crave for it!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Truly irresistible !! I'm loving the color and the flavors used in it. Awesome clicks..very refreshing and treat to the eyes !!!

Nostalgia said...

This looks great! I love it too.

Nandini said...

Lovely dish! Would like to try with fresh shrimp.

Foodie Ann said...

Wow...Looks perfect Sarah.....

Treat and Trick said...

Great click and looks great dear.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Havent tasted dry prawns...but looking at this am sure they wud taste yum

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely click,its such a delicious and beautiful gravy...

Uma said...

lovely prawn curry!

Pravs said...

lovely pic.. love unakka chemmeen curry.

Swathi said...

Adipoli Chemmen curry Sara.

Suja Sugathan said...

This is irresistible..adipoli curry Sara..ethra nalayi kazhichittu

Satya said...

prawn curry looks delicious ..love that coconut based gravy ..beautiful color ..mmm..yummy

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

lovely..irresistable..do you have a recipe for how to make unakkachemmen with the prawns that we get here..i mean in US..if so please upload...

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

super n lovely curry!!

Ann said...

You always have such tantalizing Mallu dishes, very authentic. How did you manage to get that chemeen past customs ;-). Our frineds brought dried beef jerky from Kerala, and a big customs dog jumped on their suitcase at the baggage carousel and would not let it go =)

Pushpa said...

Beautiful clicks as usual Sarah,curry looks absolutely delicious and tempting.

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Prawn curry looks so tempting. can't wait to prepare it and have it with steamed rice. Loved the pics.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Yummy Team said...

Lovely unnakka chemmeen curry..Superb pictures as usual!! Njangalde avideyokke unnakka chemmeen kondu chammanthi and theeyal mathrame undakkarullu..Ente hubbyde avide unnakka chemmeen kondu konchum manga ennoru dish valare popular annu..Will be posting it soon..

Krishnaveni said...

lovely dish, inviting colour, yummy

aipi said...

Loving the color of the curry..looks super delicious!

US Masala

An Open Book said...

Im not a dry seafood fan, but something about that picture is making me want it so damn badly

Angie's Recipes said...

This is exactly what I need now for the dinner! Delish!

Rookie Qookie said...

Talk abt timing...I wanted a Prawns curry to implement..will try this one... Can I go ahead and use fresh prawns/shrimps instead?

Silence Sings said...

Once I have tried dry fish in one of my friends' house...and tasted quite good...but I never dare to cook at home as I think it leaves a wild smell during the time of frying....But your dish is making me tempting to try it at home...
BTW, I sent you a reply to your mail...hope you got it.....

Priya said...

Wat a droolworthy curry, never tried dry prawns this way, usually i used to prepared a spiced powder with these dried prawns, thanks for sharing Sarah..

Nitha said...

I am not a great fan of dry fish.. But that clicks are really wonderful Sarah..

Gulmohar said...

That looks absolutely terrific...
appol cake okke reafy aaki baykkam, ennanu ingottu varunnathu?

Laya said...

I have never seen such a delicious looking onakka chemmen curry. Way to go sarah.I need it so badly now You said we will get it here in US na? Where can i find it? Very nice pictures too.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Yum! Looks great!

Nisha said...

Looks heavenly , i'm drolling

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Perfect chemmeem curry.njanum unakka chemmeente big fan anu.same nattil ninnu oru kore kondu vannu.entethu theernu tto ;)eni ethu kondu pareekshikan bakki onnumillenu thonunu.E curry kandittu kazhikan thonunu .yummmm..

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

WB! Never had dried shrimps curry b4...this looks super tempting! Yummm ;)






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Sarah,

Yummy yummy...love prawns..Do visit me dear!!Havent seen you around!!

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

AshKuku said...

Yummy & appealing prep as well as the captures.... Loved the color.... Very envious!

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Jaisy James said...

sarah adipoli ayittundu ente vayil ninnum sherium vellam varunu. ithiri choru kude undenkil 1 minute kondu njan teerthu taram ok

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Rekha shoban said...

wow!!yummy yummy! adipoli sarah!

Muraligeetham said...

tasty curry....tomato cherthum undakam alle.....i ve done only with pachamanga :) will try this soon ..

MyDreams said...

:)

Aparna said...

ente fav curry aanu ethu..ethoke undengil choru kure venam alle

Sangi said...

mmm mouthwatering!!!

Biren said...

This looks very tasty as the flavor of dried shrimps is more intense.

Madhu said...

Book market this page Sarah. Looks really nice.

kothiyavunu.com said...

mashee egane enee kothipikathee..Kandittu sahikunnila tou..very very tempting..:)

5 Star Foodie said...

So delicious with coconut sauce!!!

Gouri Guha said...

Never tasted dry prawns, more for the smell. Your curry looks great.

Soumya said...

found this website through one of your friends in facebook. I am really amazed by the collection of all the naadan malayalee recipe you have here. I tried This with the regular Prawns and tasted very delicious.looking forward to try each and every recipe here .Great job Honey

women-wisdom.com said...

very much inviting and pushes me to taste despite of my hatred towards dried shrimps. Lovely recipe Sarah. I will try out and send u the click.
Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran
http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

Sarah Naveen said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments:
@ Deepa...i believe its difficult to make it here since the sun is always hiding now a days..but if you happen to have an asian grocery store near by you will get unakka chemmeen..
@ Ann.. I have no idea how i got past customs..but that was the only thing i was praying all along the trip...i couldnt afford to loose it..
@ rooki Cookie.. happy to know u tried an d like it...

Sarah Naveen said...

@ kamalika..oh yeah it leaves a bad smell in the house...thats why my mom fried it and gave me...make sure you open all ur windows and doors before you dare to do it..
@ Namitha chechi..njan oru divasam angu parannu ethum :)
@ Laya...you can find it in some indian grocery stores run by Malayalees or asian grocery stores has it..but it will be a bit more white than ours..but stil you can manage with that..
@ Sameena ..i will visit you..its just that i m not very regular now...
@ Geetha chechi...oh manga yude karyam paranju enne kothipichu ;)
@ Soumya...hey great to see you here...and thanks for stopping by..Etha nammude mutual friend?
@ hamsamalini..Do try it and send me the pic..

lissie said...

tempting dry prawns curry! valare nalayi kazhichittu...

Srilatha said...

I am a frequent visitor of your blog. I have tried many of your recipes and liked most of them. I made this onakka chemmeen dish last weekend . We got some from the Asian store as you said. We did not knew we get this in America until i read this post. It was nice curry and we enjoyed a lot eating that.
Srilatha

Anonymous said...

I made this today. My son who is a picky eater was blown away by this. Thank you for such a tasty recipe.

Kavitha

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