Kerala is famous for dry fishes and the recipes made out of them. Most of the dried fishes will have a pungent smell and will be salty enough. But I tell you, the taste of the curries made out of it is unbeatable. Chemmeen/ shrimp is one of the most popular fishes which is dried and Keralites happily make powder or chutney out of it. Do I need to say how well it goes with hot Kerala matta or ponni rice?
I studied my 12th standard in a convent where a majority of my classmates were Christians. And moreover, I lived in the hostel. And shrimp powder is one of the treasure hostelites bring and savor till they get back home. We used to fight for the last spoon of the shrimp powder during dinner time. I am drooling here while writing this. So, this recipe was in my mind from a long time. My husband loves it. Recently, when I visited the Asian market, I found these small dried shrimp which is apt for making this recipe. The coarse ground dried shrimp, the tanginess of tamarind and sweetness of coconut powder elevates the taste of this recipe to a whole new level.
Try it, make it and savor it.
So here goes how to make chemmeen podi / shrimp powder.