Tuesday 22 May 2018

Unakka Chemmeen Pacha Maanga Curry | Unakka Chemmeen Maanga Muringakka Kootan

Kerala Style Dried Prawns & Raw Mango Curry with Drumsticks

And here I am with the last post of the season with dried shrimps. I promise :) My stock of the dried prawns is over :D So this is a recipe of the summer season coz the dried shrimps are paired with raw mangoes to make this gravy. It is a yummy tangy gravy that you can make when you do not have fresh fish in stock to enjoy a fish curry. Here in this gravy tamarind is not used, instead the raw mangoes impart the necessary tanginess for the gravy.. It is easy to make and you can pair it with aviyal or any thoran or stir fry of your choice. Deeps liked this gravy and did ask for a second helping (proof that he liked this and I can continue to make it as part of our menu ;)) and so this is going to be a regular whenever I get hold of some dried shrimps. So let's see how to make this yummilicious gravy..

Other recipes with Dried Shrimps:

Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi Podi | Dried Shrimp Chutney powder
Unakka Chemmeen Roast | Dried Shrimp Fry

Other recipes with Mango:

Recipe Source: Adapted from Here

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time : 45 minutes

Serves : 3-4 persons

I Used:

Dried Shrimp - ½ cup
Raw Mango - 1 no (big sized one - totapuri/kilimooku) - cut into cubes
Drumstick - 1 no - cut into 2 inch long pieces
Shallots - 4-5 nos - sliced
Ginger - 1 inch piece - sliced
Green Chilly - 2 nos
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs
Red Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Salt - As Needed
Water - As Needed

To Grind:

Coconut  - ½ cup

To Temper:

Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Shallots - 4-5 nos

The Way:

1. Rinse and wash the shrimp thoroughly 3-4 times to remove any dirt or dust particles in them. They tend to absorb water, so be quick to rinse and once done, drain them and keep aside for 10-15 minutes

2. Now heat a man chattai (earthen pot) or a kadai. Add the washed dried shrimps and roast on medium/low flame for 5-10 minutes till they turn golden in colour. Once done and dried, remove them on to a plate

3. If you have bigger shrimps and would want to remove their heads and tails now would be a good time to do so

4. Then in the same man chatti or pan take the roasted shrimps, drumstick, cut mangoes, sliced shallots, sliced ginger, green chilly, 1 sprig curry leaves, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt (add cautiously as dried shrimps already have salt in them)

5. Add water and mix well. Cook them on high flame till water begins to boil

6. When it starts boiling, reduce the flame to low and cover the vessel and cook till everything is cooked. Check occasionally to see that water doesn't evaporate off completely and they get burnt. This would take around 15-20 minutes

7. Meanwhile grind grated coconut to a smooth fine paste by adding water. Once the mangoes and shrimp is cooked, add the coconut paste to it and stir well. Check for salt and hotness. Add accordingly if required

8. Cook for another 10-15 minutes in low flame 

9. Meanwhile heat coconut oil in a tadka pan. Add sliced shallots and fry them till golden brown

10. Once the gravy is done, pour this tempering on the gravy and add 2 sprigs of curry leaves and give a gentle stir

Serve with rice and a stir fry of your choice!


  • The tanginess for the gravy comes from the raw mangoes. So add accordingly. I used the whole of a kilimooku/totapuri mango. If you are in doubt, first add half of the mango. Then once the shrimp and mangoes are half cooked, check for the tanginess, add more if needed 




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