Unakka Chemmen chammanthi ..hmmm ..Its my favorite ..But here in dubai , i tried only once after seeing mishmash`s chemmeen chammanthi post ..But had to stop it in the middle ..When i said to my friend Sabeena she warned me .She told me a story about this chammnthi..!!! When she was in Iran, she fried dried chemmeen and after some time her door bell rang..It was her landlord ..He asked them to vacate the flat with in 2 days ,He could n`t bear the smell ..So hearing that shocking story i stopped my cooking .I don`t want to leave my flat, dear friends …
So from that day i was craving for that . When i went to my in- laws place amma made this for me …Ohh God i was so happy …She told me to bring the fried prawns when i am coming back from kerala …I already called my amma and asked her to fry and pack the dried prawns for me .. So here comes the simple recipe..In my place we don`t use tamarind ..
Dried Prawns/Unakka Chemmen -3/4 cup
Freshly Grated Coconut -1cup
Dry Red Chilly-5 or according to ur taste
Curry leaves-4-5 nos
Remove head and tail of the dried prawns ..Wash properly and drain it well. Heat a pan and fry the dried shrimps .Fry them in a medium heat ..When roasted (crisp) transfer this to a bowl and fry the dry red chilly and small onion in the same pan for 1-2 minutes .. Then add all the fried prawns ,grated coconut,dry chilly ,shallots ,curry leaves and salt together in to a jar of the mixer and crush them ..No need to grind too much …Just crush well.We need everything to mix together…Thats all…Check the salt.Finally pour 1tsp of coconut oil to the chammanti and mix well ….
The mouthwatering chemmeen chammanthi is ready ….Have it with Rice …No need for other dishes
and off course Kanji (rice soup) is also a great combination with chammanthi …It won`t taste as good as my amma` s chemmen chammanthi ..She used to grind it in the ammikallu …U can just guess that taste …isn`t???
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