Chilli Garlic and me

Dried shrimps chutney

Monday, 28th October, 2013
Drying fish is one of the most traditional ways of preserving fish for a longer time. Most people stay away from preparing and eating dry fish because of the distinct odour it emits. For me personally, the stinkier it smells the more I salivate! But the dried shrimps I am using today don’t have that sharp smell and is quite popular here. This recipe is little different from the way we make dry fish chutneys back home. The green peas add sweetness and balance the dish beautifully.

Ingredients (serves 2 to 3)

Dried shrimps (medium size) - 2 cups
Onion- 3
Garlic- 10 pods
Green chilli-2 or as per your taste
Green peas- ½ cup
Sundried tomato paste- 1 tbsp (optional)
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp or as per your taste
Salt- as per taste
Oil – 2 to 3 tbsp


1.Heat a non stick pan and toast the dried shrimps for a minute or two on medium heat.

2.Soak them in cold water for some time and wash them thoroughly.

3.Dice two onions, green chillies, tomato and few of the garlic pods very finely. Make a paste of the leftover garlic pods and onion and keep it aside.

4.Heat oil in a pan and add the diced garlic followed by onion and tomato and green chillies. Fry them for some time and then add the dried shrimp.

5.Add salt and continue stirring for 2 to 3 mins. Now add the garlic and onion paste in the pan.

6.Add the sundried tomato paste and red chilli powder to the pan.

7.In the end add the green peas and add few tsp of water just to bring everything together. Take it off heat once the oil starts to separate at the sides.

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