Dried Shrimp Masala

Dry-Shrimp Masala

Dried shrimp masala, Kerala style…

One of the delicacies made with dried shrimp in Kerala is dried shrimp chammanthi or dried shrimp combined with freshly grated coconut. It’s served along with rice or rice porridge. There are also other dishes made with dried shrimp like dried shrimp masala, dried shrimp curry, dried shrimp combined with veggies etc.

On a warm Saturday, I tried dried shrimp masala. I picked a warm day as while cooking this I wanted to open the windows so that the smell of dried shrimp won’t linger in my kitchen. The taste of this dish is so incredible and I served for lunch with rice, coconut yogurt curry and beans thoran. Such a simple yet comfort dish of Kerala.

Dry Shrimp Masala

Dried Shrimp Masala
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- ¾ tsp
  • Whole Red dry Chilies- 2
  • Curry leaves-1 sprig
  • Small onions, sliced- 7
  • Ginger, minced- 1 inch
  • Garlic minced- 2 cloves
  • Green chilies, chopped- 1
  • Dried shrimp- 1½ cups
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Grated coconut- ½ cup
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add oil and let oil turn hot.
  2. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  3. Add whole dry red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add small onions, season with salt and saute for a minute.
  5. Add ginger, garlic and green chilies, saute till onions turn golden brown.
  6. Add dried shrimp, combine well.
  7. Add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt, combine well and cook for a minute.
  8. Add water, cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Add grated coconut and cook for a few minutes till water has dried off.
  10. Dry roast for 2 to 3 minutes till coconut and dried shrimp turns golden brown.
  11. Serve along with rice as a side dish. Tastes delish when combined with rice, morucurry (yogurt curry) and dried shrimp masala. Yummy!