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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chemmeen Achar / Prawns Pickle

Do you love Prawns /Shrimp ??I love the tiny curled up ones a lot, and so any recipe with prawns am in.And what about pickles? I know many have nodded 'yes'.The duo together makes a perfect relishing meal with no curries and side dishes with plain steamed rice.Mom used to put  fish achar,prawns achar,beef achar and so on,I think this is not the exact copy of what I tasted from her but this one is good in its own way.Enjoy the lip smacking pickle at home but be sure you make with larger quantities of prawns as these shrink to these tiny ones and yields very less pickle.And if you have a pickle favorite family then it will vanish in just one meal!!:-)

For marination
Prawns - 12 oz pkt
chilly powder -1 tsp
turmeric powder -1/4 tsp

For pickling
chilly powder -2tsp
turmeric powder -1/4tsp
fenugreek seeds 1/2tsp
mustard seeds 1tsp
asafoetida  a good pinch
garlic  5 sliced
ginger 2'' thick sliced
green chillies 4-5 vertical slit
vinegar 4 tbsp
oil 3-4 tbsp (both for shallow frying & sauting)
curry leaves

- Clean the prawns by rubbing salt and lime,keep for 10-15minutes.
-Wash under running water and marinate using the marination ingredients.Keep for 30-45 minutes.
-Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a tray with olive oil ,spread prawns in the tray &bake the prawns for 20 minutes.(reduces the moisture content, reduced oil usage & increases shelf life of pickle)
-Remove from oven & heat oil in  a pan and shallow fry the prawns.Keep aside in a plate.
-Splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, add curry leaves.
-Saute the sliced ginger ,garlic & green chillies.
-Then,add the chilly powder on low flame ,turmeric powder .Slide in the prawns & mix well. Put off the flame and add vinegar.
-Tasty chemmeen /Prawns pickle is ready .Keep for 2-3 days undisturbed and then use it.

Servings ~ 1 small bottle

* I used the small shrimp and used frozen packet .
* You can use any other oil too if you are not preserving for long.
* This is a dry version .You can increase the oil or vinegar to increase the gravy.
* If you want to omit the baking step then, deep fry the prawns before pickling.
* The oil should be preferably gingelly oil if you plan to preserve longer.I knew my family and so have used olive oil only as it had a shelf life of just one week.Usage of oil can be modified in your own way,increase if you're deep frying and also if preserving longer.

Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Ramya @ Ramya's Recipes,


Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love these pickles... one of my friends mom used to make these... yummo...

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Slurp,fingerlicking and droolworthy pickle..

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

i am not qualified to comment on this as I just eat them dont cook. Looks yum. Would love some now.

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmmm....... yummy and delicious. My favorite.

Balvinder said... Best Blogger Tips

My husband would love this if i make it. Actually I should, I do have a small packet of 340 gms.

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds great and I'm sure good treat for prawns lover. Do they need refrigeration?
… And up to how many days they last.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

mouthwatring achaar... ugran

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow super pickle,my all time fav prawn

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! looks great.

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

That's really mouthwatering recipe !! looks YUM !!

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Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouth watering pickle dear... Never heard of this before but wanna try soon...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

It is been a very long time I tastes prawn pickle !! Lovely recipe !!

Vicki Bensinger said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow I love the flavors in these pickled prawns. The taste must just pop in your mouth. This is a recipe I need to save.

Thanks for sharing!

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these tiny prawns as they enhance the taste in pulao, chowmein and this yummy pickle is tickling my tongue...
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Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

have never tasted prawns pickle..looks yummy n fingerlicking one !!

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried it before, but willing to do so ...looks delicious!

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy lip smacking pickle...

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Lip smacking!!!

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Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said... Best Blogger Tips

sound very special, never had prawn pickle before..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Pickels looks spicy and yummy.

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Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice recipe and looks appetizing!

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

It may be a pickle meant for long storage, but this looks so good it would not last long for sure!

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie.....drooling here......superbly done achar....

farah saleem said... Best Blogger Tips

omg! i once tasted these pickles at a frends place! simply fell in love! so excited abt this recipe :)

Priya dharshini said... Best Blogger Tips

My fav pickle...Never tried at home.

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely and very original; must be good.
Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks really awesome.. love 2 try this ..nice cliks as always ...

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx everyone ..:-)
@Rashida shaikh
No need to refrigerate if you are using with a clean dry spoon,and the lid is kept tightly closed after each use.It stays good for 3-4 months.
But I couldn't preserve more than 1 week as I had no left overs after one week:-)

Teena said... Best Blogger Tips

Ahhhh.....what a lipsmacking pickle!!!!....Your click makes it more tempting Julie!

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

I love shrimps and I love pickles! So I am sure I would love the combination! Beautiful colors!

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

:D...good they like it. I'm planning to gift it, as they can last for 3-4 months.Thanx for replying me.