Sunday, February 08, 2009

Unakka Chemmeen Or Fresh Prawns Curry

Try this curry with dried shrimps or with fresh prawns. Cooked with unripe mangoes, which imparts tanginess to the curry, you will have to choose some real sour mangoes. Depending on the sourness of the mango, add one or more mangoes to get the desired tanginess for the curry.


2 cups – Dried shrimps or fresh prawns
1 or 2 medium size – Unripe sour mango, cut to pieces
2 tsp – red chili powder
½ tsp – Turmeric powder
½ tsp – Coriander powder
4 – Green chilies
½ inch piece – Ginger, grated
5 big – Shallots, diced
3 to 4 sprigs – Curry leaves
Salt to taste

Grind to a smooth paste

1 and ¾ cup to 2 cup – Freshly grated coconut


6 big – Shallots, diced
Coconut oil


1 ) Wash dried shrimp well. Transfer to a pot or pan to cook in. Add mango, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, green chili, ginger, shallots, curry leaves and salt to taste. To this add 2 to 2.5 cups of water and place on stove. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook till shrimps and mango are cooked well and most of the water is used up.

2 ) Meanwhile, grind coconut to a smooth paste with water. Add this to the cooked shrimp. Add little more water to get a semi thick gravy consistency. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Check salt to taste. Turn off the stove.

3 ) For seasoning, heat coconut oil in another pan, add diced shallots and brown it on lower heat. Add the seasoning on to the curry.

Serve with hot steamed rice.

Tip : If mango is not sour enough, add a piece of kudampuli , while cooking the dry Shrimp.

2 ) When cooking with fresh prawns, in the initial cooking with mango, you don't need 2 to 2.5 cups water to cook prawns. Use 1 or 1.5 cups of water to cook.


Nags said...

i only like unakka chemmen in chammanthi but i can imagine how the fresh prawns must taste in this. YUM!

Anonymous said...

Wow,this makes me drool...I can imagine the tanginess..thanks

Mishmash ! said...

i have a waterfall in my looks so naadan

veena said...

Hey pravs ...
ende vayil oru kappal oodikkan ulla vellam und eppol.i love this curry ..Curry looks so so yummy da..good pictures and i knw it taste great too ...:)

Asha said...

Mouthwatering color, so beautiful. Good one Pravs! :)

Trupti said...

wow curry looks very delicious.

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Happy cook said...

Super super DELICIOUS.

Superchef said...

this looks soo thinking of making this for my husband...if you dont get raw mangoes at this time, what can it be substituted with?

Pravs said...

Thank you all for the comments.

Superchef : If you can't get sour mangoes, then go for kodampuli. And if you have a mannchatty ( earthen pot )make in that and please your husband :)

Mallugirl said...

This is new to me!! the curry looks so spicy and i wish i could taste it.

Pecos Blue said...

Looks yummy.

Resh said...

Hi, I tried this recipe today... mine didn't look as spicy and beautiful as the one in pic...but it sure was very tasty...i loved it and its a keeper for me...Thnks a lot


Pravs said...

Resh : Thanks for trying and for the feedback. Happy to know the recipe is a keeper :)

Anonymous said...

This looks so yummy! The colour of the gravy is so rich!

doggybloggy said...

wow, how deluxe is this! looks great.

Varsha Vipins said...

I dunno how I missed ur space till now..You have so many kerala recipes..yummy one..liked this one so much.glad that I found u out atleast now..:)

Varsha Vipins said...

I loved this recipe so much..nice color n texture..I usually make it minus coriander powder..the yellow gravy..pacha arachu..this looks too good..:)

Pravs said...

Varsha: welcome :) You can make without corinader powder too...but i found coriander powder adds flavour.

Asha said...

What a gorgeous color Pravs, good one. At last I bought a pack of Shrimps, must make some yummy dish with that! :))

Mallika said...

I'd love some right NOW!

Anonymous said...

The prawn curry looks so rich and spicy. I can just imagine the flavour :)

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Pecos Blue said...

Looks great. I will try it.

Trupti said...

wow chicken looks very mouthwatering..

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