Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi/ Dry Prawns Chutney


‘Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi’ is a very tasty chutney which is usually served with ‘kanji’ or ‘rice porridge’.  It is so easy to prepare and is a great side dish for rice too!


Dried Prawns – 1 cup

Grated coconut – 2 cups

Dry red chillies – 7

Ginger – 1″ piece

Shallots – 6

Salt – to taste

Tamarind – 3 small pieces

Coconut oil – 1 tsp



Heat oil in a non stick pan and roast the chillies, ginger and shallots till the shallots turn light brown.  Take it out and keep aside.  In the same pan, dry roast the dry prawns.  Transfer it to a mixer and add the roasted chillies, ginger, shallots, grated coconut, tamarind and salt.  Grind it coarsely without adding water.  Stir in between.  Add more salt and tamarind if needed.  Take out the chammanthi and mix well.  Shape it into a ball.  Mouthwatering ‘Dry Prawns Chutney’ is ready to be served!

  1. Woww such a tempting and mouthwatering chutney…yummyilicious!!

  2. I have never seen chutney shaped into a ball. Looks great.

  3. I am drooling over it just thinking about how tasty it will be with rice.iyoo vishakunne!!!

  4. I heard lots about this combination(kanji and chutney). It sounds really really yummy!

  5. Thank you Priya for your love and support!

  6. Ivy, this chutney is a Kerala speciality…thanks!

  7. Sangeetha, come over to my place…and I will serve you rice and chammanthi… 😀 Thanks!

  8. Hb, you are right…kanji and chammanthi combo is really yummy! Thanks a lot! 🙂

  9. This is the first time I am hearing of this and love the idea! Bookmarked!

    Happy Diwali!

  10. Thanks a lot, Cynthia! do make it and let me know… 🙂

  11. I am drooling here i have not had this for 19 years.

  12. how sad, Happy…make sure you have it on your next visit to India… 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Fantastic teasty supper supper yummy.
    Than you very much.

  14. Oh wow!!! Lissie dear…kothiyayittu vayya.i m gonna make this soon….looks so tempting!!!!

  15. Sarah, do make it soon and let me know…Thank you dear! 🙂

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  17. Hi dear,
    Vellirikka curry try cheythutto!parayandallo…it was so delicious.tnx

  18. Thank you Sarah for the award! you made my day…! 🙂

  19. Thank you so much Sangi for trying my recipe! I am happy that you like my recipes…mattu recipesum try cheyyumallo… 😀

  20. Hey Lissie, I tried the recipe. I did not have dried prawns so I used some smoked fish I had instead. OMG! This chutney tasted so good! Gosh, I can’t wait to make it for my mom. I know that she will love it.

    I posted about it on my blog today: http://www.tasteslikehome.org/2009/11/thought-you-ought-to-know.html

  21. Thanks a lot Cynthia! so sweet of you to do so… please do try my other recipes too 😀