Unakka Meen Chathachathu

Unakkameen Chathachathu





  1. Unakka Meen/dried fish – 250 gm / Around 10 medium pieces
  2. Dried red chilies – 10 (You can use 1.5 – 2 tsp chili flakes instead)
  3. Pearl onions – 10 – 15, crushed in a mortar and pestle
  4. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  5. Salt – If required
  6. Coconut oil – As required for frying the fish


1. Soak the dried fish for 15 – 20 mts. Pat dry and keep aside.

2. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the dried red chilies and fry them until crisp. Drain on to a paper towel and set aside. Shallow fry the dried fish and drain on to a paper towel. Crush the fried fish pieces along with dry red chilies in a mortar and pestle.

3. To the same pan, add crushed pearl onion, 1 pinch salt and curry leaves. Saute them for  1 – 2 mts or until the raw smell of pearl onion is gone. Now add the crushed dried red chili and fish pieces and mix everything well. Taste-check for salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes at low heat. Switch off. Serve with rice/kanji.


Unakkameen Chathachathu



Unakkameen / dried fish can be replaced with unakka chemmeen / dried prawns.

Maya Akhil

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