Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi

Servings: 5 -6
Author: Maria Jose
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  • 1/2 cup Cleaned dried shrimp
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 2-3 tsp Crushed red chilli refer notes
  • 4 Small / Pearl onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger chopped
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil


  • Dry rost the cleaned dried shrimp for 7-8 mins on low flame. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add crushed red chilli and sliced small onions. Fry it for 2 mins. Add grated coconut and stir for a few mins. Do not brown it. This is done mainly to remove the water content from the coconut. Remove from fire and let it cool.
  • Combine the heated coconut, roasted dried shrimp, ginger, salt and curry leaves. Grind everything together, till the dried shrimps are powdered well. Do not add water while grinding.
  • Serve with rice.


You can use whole dried red chilli instead of red chilli flakes. Use around 3-4. I have it with rice, dosa, idli, chapathi etc; Storage: You can store this in the fridge for 2 weeks in an airtight container.