Dried shrimp are shrimp that have been sun-dried and shrunk to a thumbnail size. They are used in many states in Indian cuisines, imparting a unique umami taste .A handful of shrimp is generally used for dishes. The flavors of this ingredient are released when allowed to simmer. In India, it is used in the cuisines of Odisha, Konkan, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Northeast region of India. Look for dried shrimp that are orange-pink, as they become brown with age. Dried shrimp do not keep indefinitely; store them airtight in the refrigerator for a up to a month or in the freezer for longer.