This delicious, non-vegetarian, deep-fried side dish of Prawns Vada is the perfect accompaniment to hot tea on a cold winter evening! Also known as Chemmeen Vada, Prawns Vada is an easy to make recipe and this crispy snack is guaranteed to be loved by the young and the old alike.
One needs to flag off the process by washing, cleaning and deveining the prawns, and then draining out the water completely and wiping them well with a towel or napkin. Mix grated coconut, chopped green chillies, a ½-inch chopped ginger piece, shallots, pepper powder, salt, lemon juice, and a chopped spring of curry leaves and pulse them into a rough mixture in the mixer.
Next, divide up the prawns into 8-10 pieces, make them into smooth, round balls, flatten them and then roll them in one-third a cup of breadcrumbs. Once the oil in the pan is heated, reduce the heat and deep fry the flattened prawn balls slowly until they assume a golden-brown colour and crisp up on both sides. Drain out the oil and set the fried prawns aside for 5 minutes. Your prawns are ready to be eaten hot! You could even serve them with a garlic, mint or green chutney to add an interesting twist to the dish.