Unakka Chemmen Chammanthi / Dry Prawns Chutney/ Dry Shrimps Chutney Kerala Style

Dry Shrimps Chutni/ Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi

Dry Shrimps Chutni/ Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi

Cooking time (approx.): 20  minutes


Unakkachemmen/ Dry Prawn / Dry Shrimp–  1/2 Cup

Grated coconut – 2 cups

Red chillies/ Vattal Mulaku  – 8 ( 1 ½ tablespoon Chilly powder also)

Shallots/ Chuvunnulli  – 8-10

Curry leaves –  Few

Ginger –  2 tsp

Tamarind  / Valan Puli– a lemon size or even lesser

Coconut oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste


  • Wash the shrimps in water.
  • Dry roast the shrimps in a hot pan without oil, all the water content is gone and they become a slightly pale color.
  • Roast the  chilies for one minute ,then add the coconut, shallots , ginger, curry leaf, salt until it turns little brown.
  • Grind the roasted shrimps and roasted mixture  with tamarind water* for few minutes.
  • Garnish with roasted curry leafs

Note : * Sock the tamarind  in water  to make the tamarind water. Filter it using a sieve.