Dried Prawns Fry/ Unakka Chemmeen Varuthathu


Dried prawns – 1 cup

Small onions – 10 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Coconut oil – 3 tsp


Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add the dried prawns.  Fry on a low flame.  Stir continuously while frying so that the prawns don’t get burnt.  When half done, add small onions and curry leaves.  Add salt and fry till the prawns are crisp.  Switch off the flame and add chilly powder.  Mix well and allow it to cool for sometime.  Transfer to an airtight container.  Super tasty ‘Dried Prawns Fry/ Unakka Chemmeen Varuthathu’ is a very good side dish for rice or kanji/rice porridge.  Cheers!

If salt is already added to the dried prawns, please add very little salt while frying or avoid it.  I used the processed variety of dried prawns which is available in supermarkets.  If you are using the local variety, please remove the head and tail, and wash and squeeze dry the dried prawns before frying.  Also add more oil as required.

  1. New dish to me…look delicious.

  2. Interesting. I’ve seen these packets of dried shrimp in the Asian groceries, some of them look like they already have chilli on them. This would make an easy side dish.

  3. Wowwww wonderful looking fry..

  4. Tempting click chechi!kurenalai kazhichittu..:( vaayil vellam niranju.:) pinee chechi how is ur health now???Take care.

  5. Oh ente deivame….Ente fav annu!!! looks so mouthwatering!!

  6. this looks yummy.
    while frying shallots, u can dd 2-3 garlic flakes(cut lengthwise) too..:)

  7. I was just browsing thru’ looking for good recipe for fish happen to see your blog. I tried unakka chemmen believe me it is mind blowing It is very simple yet very tasty… I have shared this with my sis in law she also liked.

    The only problem is here in Mumbai i have to look out for packed cleaned prawns as it is a tedious task to clean the prawns…Thanks a lot I have gained confidence in preparing fish dishes after seeing you recipes …thanks a lot
    Take care

  8. Hi Vimala,

    Thanks a lot for trying out my fish recipes! Glad to hear that you and your sis in law liked the dried prawns fry 🙂 Now a days cleaned dried prawns is available in supermarkets.

    My intention in blogging is to help young women like you in preparing tasty dishes for their families… you can prepare any of these dishes with confidence!

    Happy cooking,