Chemmeen Achar - Kerala Style Prawns Pickle

Kerala Prawns pickle..Chemmeen Achar
How are you making use of the sun? Basking sun in your balcony , embracing sun kissed beaches on weekends , long strolls in the park ,  around the town ??? Well to these popular summer activities , i would like to add one within our topic of interest - food. Sun drying lemons , mangoes , other vegetables ,meat ,fish and shrimp for making authentic kerala style pickles, like the ones our grand mothers used to make ...  "Make sun dried pickles while the sun shines"...
Fresh water fish like Cherumeen and Pallathi ( Orange chromide) are usually used to make pickle back in my mom's place in Kuttanad , where it is available abundantly year round. And fried Roe(palinjeel) from cherummen used to be a wonderful snack for us in the evening. 
Chemmeen Achar ( Kerala Prawns pickle)
I still remember during our summer vacations , the maids would be busy cleaning and marinating the giant fish or the small ones like pallathi and leaving it out in the sun to dry for 1-3 days, sometimes we kids were asked to guard it from crows and hens; and Ammachi making pickle , which is very different from my recipe here today. Thats the best , and i m sure i will have to practice it a million times , to get it right. 

In this recipe here , i have used teeny tiny shrimp , like the Konju we get back home , following the basic family recipe for any red colored  pickle. I sun dried it nearly for two days and couldn't resist the urge to make it and eat it. Its always a big hit with beer or any other drinks.
Kerala Chemmeen Achar (Konju)/ Shrimp Pickle

Recipe for Kerala Konju / chemmeen Achar ( dry version with optional sun dried method)
Makes - one big bottle ; Serves :- 2 pickle crazy people : else a big group
Total cooking time - 1 or 2 days to dry and 30 minutes to make.

Bowl 1 ( marinate and sun dry)
Shrimp / Chemmeen - 1/2 kg ( fresh or cooked)
Kashmiri red chili powder - 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - a large pinch
Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Bowl 2
(Kashmiri )Red chili powder - 2 tea spoon ( use as per your heat level)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon

Vinegar - 2 table spoon
Crushed pepper - 1/4 tea spoon ( optional)

Bowl 3
Mustard seeds - 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tea spoon or powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Garlic sliced - 8-10 cloves
Ginger sliced - 2 tea spoon 
Green chili sliced - 1 or 2
Curry leaves - 2-3 strings
Hing / kaayam - a large pinch
Vinegar  -  2 table spoon( optional)
Nalenna /Gingelly  oil - 2 or 3 table spoon 
Salt to taste

Directions:-

If using fresh shrimp , clean , devein it and wash it thoroughly. I used frozen cooked salad shrimp , so i just thawed it overnight in the fridge . 
Marinate it with all other ingredients in Bowl 1 , arrange it on a tray or cookie sheet and leave it open in the sun for a day or two. I keep it from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm for nearly 2 days . Every evening  take it inside ,leave it on your counter top , covered or uncovered.
So if you don't wanna wait till then , marinate the shrimp , keep it for some time and the fry it. ( See notes @ the end to see other options)
When your ready to make it , fry the shrimp in oil. You can either deep fry or shallow fry it.But i prefer deep frying for this. Drain on paper towels. Set aside
Grind all the ingredients in Bowl 2 to a fine paste. Sprinkle a table spoon of water if necessary.
Heat some oil from the fried shrimp pan  , or you can use nalenna / sesame oil for this step. 
Add mustard seeds ,when they splutter add fenugreek seeds. ( if using fenugreek powder use at the end of cooking) 
Slide in chopped ginger, garlic,green chiles and curry leaves and fry for 3-4 minutes on medium flame till the raw smell disappears . Add the Bowl 2 - chili paste and mix well. Sprinkle 1/4 cup  water and bring to boil.....
Stir in the fried Prawns and combine well , Saute for 3-4 minutes, till it is heated through ( add fenugreek powder if you are using it now ) Give a salt check . Switch off the flame . Let it cool. 
When it is in room temperature add hing and 2 more table spoon of vinegar (optional) and mix well. 
My mom leave it on the stove top for a day and then transfer it into glass jars. 
Pour 2 or 3 table spoons of Nalenna/ Gingelly oil over it and keep outside for a day or two and then keep refrigerated .

Chemmeen- Konju  Achar ( Prawns pickle)

Notes :-
  • I use the smallest salad shrimp available and if you are using big shrimp , cut it into small pieces.
  • To expedite the process you can bake the marinated shrimp , till it is dry or even it is brown and fried and omit the sun drying and frying part.
  • I am not so sure about the life span of this pickle , since it wont even last for a week in my nest
  • If you are gonna use it up within 2-3 days , you can substitute lemon juice for vinegar.
  • This recipe is a dry version and if you want a bit gravy with it add more water and vinegar.
  • Always take pickle with clean spoons.
Have a great weekend guys
Sarah

65 comments:

Torviewtoronto said...

fabulous looking delicious pickle goes well with anything yummy

julie said...

Adipoli chemmeen achar..mouthwatering one..pass me the whole bottle,lovely clicks..

Happy Cook / Finla said...

My eldest sister would love these, buti was never a fan of chemeen and earchi pickel.

An Open Book said...

i literally drooled:)
sho kothivarunnu..im def trying this out..maybe not the drying since UK weather is unpredictable, but the other version...gosh im still drooling :)

S said...

love anything in prawns.... hopefully will try them soon

Suja said...

Looks fabulous,makes me drool..adipoli

Gulmohar said...

ente vayilude kappalodikkam..ammachiyude acharinte athrayum varumonnu enikkariyilla,pakshe kandal ariyam kochu molude acharum mosamallennu..oru kuppi parcel cheyyamo? :D

? said...

Looks scrumptious!

Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

I can just look it all day and drool. Fedex please :) I am so glad that it is summer now. I am enjoying my flip-flops and sleevless kurtis. Yet to hit the beach though

Pushpa said...

Delicious spicy pickle I would love to have it with some porridge.

cheries stolen recipes said...

wow i just love prawn in any shape size,curry ,fry or pickle.looks great
cherie

S.Menaga said...

mouthwatering pickle!!

Loveandcalories said...

Which is your camera...Its just superb clarity & have amazing crispness...Canon??

Treat and Trick said...

Tempting and looks so yum!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

achar kandittu kothi sahikkan vayye.ichiri ingu ayachu tharumo?

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Nisha...try and lemme know ...

@ namitha chechi...njan ichira pongi poyi..thala roofil idichu✩✩✩

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Loveandcalories....Thanks a lot abt the pics..
Yes its a Canon☺

Sunanda said...

Heard about this pickle for the first time. it looks yummy!!
Sunanda's Kitchen

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Mouth watering pickle....love to have it just like that or ya with dosa....sho kothiyayittu vayyaa....

Plateful said...

Dhey veendum kodipikunnu....why did you have to live 7000 miles away?!!! Ente bro vannapol my grandma had send me vatta manga achar... and now I wish she'd send me some chemmeen too. Sigh. Guess I'll have to make it myself -- hey girlie, did you use fresh or frozen shrimps..?

Nitha said...

entamme.. sherikkum kappal oodikkan ulla vellam aayi vaayil.. vishakkmbol blog hopping nu erangaruthu ennu manasil aayi.. Gonna try this out for sure Sarah..

Chitra said...

mouthwatering here......looks absolutely delicious...

Sobha Shyam said...

I used to have this pickle when my friend used to get to our hostel..thanx for bringing back the lovely memories....this sure looks yummy and very tempting..

Erica said...

Love,love your pictures and that dish looks absolutely delicious!

Biny Anoop said...

hey pickled prawns looks gud...ummmmm love it with rice

kankana said...

OH i used to buy some kinda prawn pickle when I was in Bangalore. This looks so perfect. I am going to try this :)

Madhura Manoj said...

Mouth watering here.Looks so tempting & nice colour too.
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kothiyavunu.com said...

OMG..OMG..honeykutty ente control poyee da..iniku ithu ipool kityal kollam....Kandittu sahikunnila tou..vayil vellam varunnu.:):)will try this soon-tooo...

Sunitha said...

Looks very good. Ages since I had some homemade achar.. yum!

Mallugirl said...

alright, sarah, this u have to send one jar to my house.. else..
never knew abt the sun drying part.. do u cover it with net or something? again i love the teeny tiny shrimp and ur pickle looks exactly the way my mom sends it.:((
so salad shrimp... let me try with that..

Rachu said...

I could make a sea with my drool here for summer!!!!! reminds me of konju pickle my ammumma used to make!! this is lovely.. yummy... gosh i wish i was at your home now..... :P
aaaah divine!
AmmaandBaby

Deepti said...

drooling over here....long since I had them...Loved the tempting clicks too

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Rookie Qookie said...

Exactly wat I need for my Dinner :)

Sarah said...

truly mouth-watering! this is awesome!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Ur pic speaks for its taste..looks tongue tickling and beautiful captures

Priya said...

Seriously am drooling over that addictive and irresistible prawn pickle,i can have this yummy pickle with anything..

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely pic just by the look of it can say it must have tasted awesome:)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Perfect with my all time fav curd rice:)

Suman Singh said...

I love all the ingredients you have used in the pickle..looks amazing and sounds fantastic..great recipe!!

Prathima Rao said...

Fab looking & tongue tickling achar!!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Jay said...

absolutely mouthwatering recipe...;PPP

Tasty Appetite

vineetha said...

kothipichu kollanano udesham..control vittu,vayil vellam varunu..

Emreen said...

Brings back fond memories when mom used to make prawn / fish pickle for me to take it to hostel ... ;-) ;-) ....

BeenaShylesh said...

i love this...iam very poor in making pickel ..but my mom.....she is very expert..

Foodie Ann said...

Sarah... can u parcel some to my house... I badly crave for this achar now.. really...:)

Indie.Tea said...

What an interesting recipe. I think I've seen prawn pickle before, but since S is allergic, never had it.
And as always, your pics are GORGEOUS!

Justbeanme said...

Wow sundried prawns pickle...
Pictures r as always so perfect Sarah.

Justbeanme said...

serves 2 pickle crazy ppl :)

divya said...

looks delicious dear..very tempting..love it..

San said...

Droolworthy prawn pickle.I can have it throughout the year :)

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Rinku Naveen said...

One of my fav pickle..Oohh looks so yummy..Mouthwatering!

ente pachakasala said...

ente koche ithu kandittu sahikkunnilla ketto adipoli

shabs said...

WOwowoowowow , I love chemmen achaar , aiyyoooo *slurp* , great pics :)

Kairali sisters said...

Sarah!!!Njanum ethundakan pokunu, infact i bought the salad shrimp and i am going to do the sun drying method, evidipol nalla polluna choodanu, so lemme see..enjiku kothy sahikan vayya ketto :)

Zainab said...

wow..lovely recipe! have u heard of Mango Murabba?..is a northindian mango pickle...Can u post the recipe for me?
waiting to hear from u!

Zareena said...

Absolutely fab dear. Loved all snaps. Kanditt kodhiavunnu. With hot steaming rice this will be mindblowing.

Chitra said...

nice color.u r gr8 to make pickle with prawns :)

aipi said...

Beautiful pics, gorgeous presentation n a great recipe!!
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Sobha Shyam said...

Some awards are waiting for you at my space. Please accept them :)

Sowmya said...

Nice pickle....looks delicious!

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Babli said...

Pickle looks spicy, fabulous, yummy and tempting. Gorgeous presentation.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

2nd pic is amazing my friends mum's sent me this oh it was so yum! i can never imaging myself doing pickles ;)

Veena said...

Hi,
I made this pickle and it was yummy, going to try my hands on fish pickle this weekend :)..I didn't fry or keep it in the sun. Just grilled it!! Went for the healthy option and added loads of garlic and ginger :)..but thats matter of taste..but otherwise followed your instructions

Unnati said...

Love the simplicity of your recipe and shall surely try it out. I too write a recipe only blog on skilletnwok.blogspot.com. I have recently started writing it, do have a look!

Anonymous said...

I liked the part about the lifespan of this pickle.
Mothers and grandmothers in Kuttanadu are yet to find that out.
This is so yummy that no jar would have attained its lifspan

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