Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dry Prawns Curry / Unakka Chemmen Curry



Thinking about packing stuffs (to shift) is making me tired and hungry.... I suspect if am having some Eating Disorders as I think about all non veg foods these days :o 

Love this quote :) 


Today I enjoyed this Dry fish / prawns curry with rice , a sense of satisfaction after enjoying a luxurious meal with just one curry.

Ingredients 

Stage 1.

Dry Prawns - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup (Head removed) 
Tomatoes - 2 medium chopped 
Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped 
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp 
Green chili's - 2 no's slit 
Water - 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup. 
Salt - to taste 

Optional - May add vegetables like lauki/Churakka/or else Colocasia or else even Raw Banana etc (1/2 cup chopped) 
I used Lauki / Churakka

Stage 2 ( To Grind) 

Coconut - 1/2 cup 
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili Powder - 1 tsp (adjust as per your preference) 
Cumin seeds /Jeerakam - 1 tsp 
Water - (1/2 cup from the boiled prawns - above) 

Stage 3 - Tempering 

Oil - 2 Tb sp (Preferably coconut oil) 
1 Shallots or small onions 4 to 5 no's sliced 
Curry Leaves - 1 spring 
Fenugreek seeds / Uluva / Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp  

Method 

* Dry roast the prawns in low heat for 3 to 5 minutes in low heat. 
* Boil stage 1 ingredients (roasted prawns , tomatoes, green chili's ,ginger , salt , turmeric powder and any vegetable if using) 

* Cook for about 15 minutes in medium to low heat , till water is reduced much and the vegetables are very well cooked.  (if excess water left- use the same to grind the coconut - stage 2 ingredients) 

*Grind coconut to a coarse paste with little water (use water from the cooked prawns if possible) , add this paste to the cooked prawns , stir to combine everything well , keep heat in low , cook for another 5 minutes in low heat and switch off the heat. 


*In an other pan , heat oil, saute fenugreek seeds , followed by sliced onion and curry leaves , fry till brown , pour this over the prawns curry.


Serve With Rice 

Cheers
TN