A very delicious snack !!! (Basic recipe adapted from Veettiloru Sadya by Suma Sivadas (Suma Teacher, Kottayam, Kerala. Cookery book available @ DC Books online store).
Makes: 8 – 10
You will need
225 g prawns (net weight after cleaning)
3 tablespoons (45 g) grated coconut
2 green chillies (3 small size or 2 big size), chopped
½ - inch piece ginger, chopped
6 shallots (chuvannulli / small onion), chopped
¼ teaspoon pepper powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon lemon juice
6 curry leaves, chopped
75 g breadcrumbs (less than ½ cup)
200 ml cooking oil (to deep fry)
Wash, clean and devein prawns. Drain out water completely and wipe well with a kitchen towel.
Transfer all the ingredients (except breadcrumbs and oil) in a mixer bowl and run mixer at a speed 1 for 30 seconds. Do not add water when making paste. It should be a rough mixture ( and also like a soft ball).
Divide the prawns mixture into 8 – 10 parts, make round balls, flatten it (like aloo tikki / pattice) and roll in breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in a frying pan / kadai. Reduce the heat to medium (please wait for 2 minutes. Do not fry on high heat. It will get dark brown color immediately, won’t cook and raw in taste) and deep fry prawns mixture until golden brown color and crisp on both the sides (approximate frying time 3 – 4 minutes for each side). Drain out oil and place on kitchen towel to absorb extra oil. Serve hot with Tea / Coffee or with Tomato ketchup or serve as a starter.