Monday, November 03, 2008

Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi

A good quality, cleaned and dried small shrimps are avaiable in the market now a days to make this delicious condiment, which will go so well with kanji / rice porridge or can be squished with some rice and had. In the past, chammanthi's are ground to chammanthi form using ammi kallu. But now in modern life style, blender / grinder will have to do. Using ammi kallu to preapare chammanthi, will brings out unique flavors, which a modern day grinder might not.


1 cup - Dried small shrimps
8 to 10 - Dried whole red chilies
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
5 flakes - Garlic
small piece - Ginger
A small marble size - Seedless tamarind
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
Salt to taste


1 ) Heat a pan with little coconut oil, add dried shrimps, red chilies and on a low flame fry, taking care not to burn the ingredients till the shrimps are fried and cooked in that low flame. Take off the stove and cool.

2 ) Add to a blender / grinder, the fried ingredients, run the blender and powder the shrimp and chilies. Then add garlic, ginger, curry leaves, tamarind, coconut and salt to taste. Run the blender and grind all the ingredients well to a coarse mixture.

Serve as a side dish with kanji or rice.


Happy cook said...

Ohhhhhh i am drooling here. When i was still living at home we used to have this sometimes with hot kanji. Just the thouguth make me home sick.
Would love to grab that chammanthi from the screen

Divya Vikram said...

Havent had these..looks delicious.

Kalai said...

Wow, Pravs! Sounds absolutely awesome! Where do you get dried shrimp from, out of curiosity? Am slowly getting back to blogging now. :)

Pravs said...

Happy cook : pleasant memories right ? :)) lovely combo with kanji.

Divya : it will delight you if you try :)

Kalai : its nice to see you around :) Mostly found them in asian stores and indian stores. To get good dry shrimps is a deal.

Purnima said...

It seems as if its beeen everrr soo lonnnng since I last visited you! This post is absolutely fantastic..I have yet to learn to cook dried fish. The pic is drool worthy, Pravs!

Pecos Blue said...

Looks very yummy!

veena said...

Hi Pravs..
This is one of my all time favourite .Love this chammathy with kanji ..In our place we never used tamarind with prawns..hmm have to try this version also ...last week i tried to make this delicious chammanthy seeing mishmash`s post, and stopped in the beginning itself ....I did nt get the roasted prawns and u can just imagine the smell while roasting ,tht too in a flat in dubai ...!! My 4 year old son was saying ayyee ayyee... :(
so parcel me k ...alleel kothy varum ..


raaji said...

quite uniue dish with u used the small indian veriety shrimp....?

My comfort food network said...

Chemmeen Chammanthi looks really good. Time permitting I still use my granite motor and pestle to make them. In my opinion, something about using these tools make the dish taste even better. Like veena said we also don't use tamarind with the chemeen chammanthi. Have to try your version.

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Pravs said...

Purnima : may be because i am not posting more often now a days you feel so :)
Dried shrimps will be a good one to start with.

Pecos : Thanks :)

Veena : Oh yeah, in such situations it will be best to buy roasted shrimps. This will make work easy :) parcel on the way :)

Raaji : yes i used the small dried shrimp. do try :)

My comfort food network : I agree totally. There is something magical in those ammi kallu...enhances the taste so much.
Tamarind will add to the taste of this chammanthi. Do try.

Kalai said...

Pravs, please drop by my blog for a sweet surprise! :)

veena said...

Hi Pravs..
Plz collect ur awards

prajusha said...

this looks mouthwatering..a good combo for kanji.
An award waiting for u.

Anonymous said...

Wow....your post reminded me of home :( We used to have this in Mangalore with kanji...simply heavenly!

Anonymous said...

Sandra from Brazil. I loved your blog, I am crazy about Indian food.
Thank you for the receipts.

Anonymous said...

Awesome ! Thanks for posting this great recipe :)

Naznin said...

Thanks for this. I made it today. Was lovely!