November 26, 2006

Chemeen Vartiyathu/ Skillet Shrimps

Shrimp Fry

The shrimps are based on Kerala Kitchen’s Shrimp recipe, and if you are making it, just follow her recipe ad verbatim as it is perfect. This time though, I did not fry it as much to lighten it and left it semi wet with the masala sticking to it. I also switched from the onions to shallots. Fry it with a bit more oil till slightly dry and it is too good. I have linked her recipe for those who want to try it and also posted my recipe here with the variations in it.
You will need:
Shrimp - 1/2 lb
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder - 1/8 tsp
Lemon juice - from 1/2 lemon
Fresh ground black pepper - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Dry Gravy:

Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chili powder-2 tsp
Dried red chillies - 4
Coconut Cuts-2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbs
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves

1. Defrost the shrimp, wash and drain. Marinate it with the ingredients for at least 1/2 hour.
2. Finely chop the shallots and coconut pieces . Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard and add the chopped shallots, coconut and curry leaves. Add the ginger & garlic paste and fry untill the raw smell goes.
3. Now add the marinated shrimp and cook on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes or till the shrimp has changed color and the masala is sticking to the shrimp all around. Since we are not frying the red chili powder, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to let the powders cook. Alternately, add one more tablespoon of oil and let it fry. Now add freshly crushed fennel seeds and fry the shrimp until done. Add the fennel seeds and more chopped curry leaves after turning off the flame.

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Viji said...

HI Sheheen,
I tried this recipe,it has come out good.We liked it.Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaheen,
I tried chemmeen varattiyadu today.Came out to be great.Thank you so much for this recipe.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikum,

Tried this out a few days ago and it was good mashaAllah.

Thanks : )

Umm Maryam

Anonymous said...

Hi ,

Your blog is great but just a few errors I wanted to bring your attention to.
In the dry gravy ingdts you mention Dhania Powder but in the procedure you dont mention when it goes in !

Hope you make the correction soon!

Thanx a bunch

Mallugirl said...

Anonymous, the dhania powder is part of the marinade ingre. so its supposed to be used to marinate the shrimps.hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Hi im the same person with the dhaniya pwd issue! Sorry about that I made this a couple of days ago SO GOOD! was pretty freaked out about buying fresh prawns i usually get the frozen kind! Was a lil eecky about cleaning and de-veining but got my servant to do it it was FAB! You are earning some serious amounts of Good Karma