Chennakunni is a dried baby shrimps, can get them from fish market in India and also can find easily in chinese stores, my grandma used to do idli podi with this shrimps, n it will taste awesome..can store them for more than 2 months, will be very excellent with hot idlies…These shrimps r known as krill… Check it out..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krill…
Chennagunni eral podi/ Chennakunni idli milagai podi/ Chennagunni podi/ Eral idli Podi
|1 cup||Chennakunni(dried baby shrimps)|
|½ cup||Urad dal|
|¼ cup||Channa dal|
|¾ cup||Roasted gram(pottukadalai)|
|10 nos||Red chillis(can increase r decrease)|
|20 nos||Curry leaves|
|1 tsp||Asafoetida powder|
|Salt as per taste|
U can find these baby dried shrimps in frozen section in chinese store..defrost 1 cup of baby shrimps for a while..heat a pan n add these baby shrimps n dry roast them until they turns slight brownish..mostly these shrimps r already cleaned ..in case if u get them in India clean them well dont use water to clean them..
Keep aside the roasted dried baby shrimps n let them cool..now heat the oil in the same pan n fry urad dal, channa dal, roasted gram, peppercorns, cumin seeds, curry leaves, redchillies one by one..once everything is well roasted add everything in the same pan n add the asafoetida powder n fry for a while , now put off the stove…keep aside n let them cool.. take the food processor n add the roasted dals n roasted shrimps n grind them coarsely with salt as per taste..Conserve them in an air tightened bottle.
Chennakunni(dried baby shrimps)Idli Podi is ready..Serve them with hot idlis n gingelly oil..can also have them with hot idlis without oil..
Really this idli podi will taste awesome..