One of the must-do items during our trip home (Kerala) was to try out as many seafood dishes as possible. Though the list was exhaustive, we did manage to strike off quite a few from it. Topmost on the list was Prawn Cutlets aka Chemmeen Vada, an all time favourite of ours. No matter how much we have, we still yearn for more…. My Mom is well aware of this and prepares it in advance. Needless to say, this is my Mom’s recipe.
Kerala Style Prawn Cutlet aka Chemmeen Vada
Source: My Mom
Shelled, deveined raw Prawns- 1 cup (You can cut the prawns to 2 or more pieces for easy grinding)
Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
Ginger- 1/4″ piece
Curry leaves- 3-4 leaves
Garlic- 2 cloves
Green chillies- 1 or 2 (according to your heat tolerance)
Turmeric powder- 1/8th teaspoon
Salt- to taste
Coarsely grind all the ingredients together in a grinder till well blended. Wet your palms and take a small portion from the mixture and make cutlets. Shallow fry in hot oil till golden brown on either side. Serve hot.