|Chettinad Prawn Vadai|
This my grandmother’s special recipe, this was our holiday tea time snack and brings a lot of childhood memories when I make this these days.
It’s a light and crispy vadai with lots of tiny prawns in it. It’s very difficult to find these tiny prawns these days in the market, if you live nearby seashore you can get these from the fisherman or request your fish-monger for these tiny prawns. And these tiny prawns are also difficult to clean, at least you need 2 persons to share the cleaning job, I bought 2 kg of these tiny prawns and spent 3 hours cleaning alone. But it was worth my labor.
Tiny prawns ( cleaned and washed) – 500 gms
Chana dal / Kadalai paruppu (soaked in water for 1 hour) – 1 and ½ cup
Rice flour – few tbsp
Onion medium sized ( sliced) – 2 nos
Curry leaves ( chopped) – few
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Cooking soda – generous pinch
Salt to taste
For Masala- coarsely grind below ingredients
Ginger – ¾ inch piece
Garlic – 5 cloves
Whole dried red chilli – 2 nos
Green chilli – 1 no
Fennel seeds / Sombu / Aniseed – 1 tsp
1. Coarsely grind the soaked chana dal. ( if few dals are whole and not ground, its well and good it will keep vadai crispy).
2. Coarsely grind or pound the ingredients given under masala.
3. In bowl add the thinly sliced onions, curry leaves, coarsely ground masala, turmeric powder and cooking soda. Mix well the onion and other ingredients with a spoon.
4. Now add the coarsely ground chana dal to this onion mixture, add required salt( less salt is better) and mix well again. If the vadai mixture is little loose, add few tbsp of rice flour and mix again.
5. Finally add the tiny prawns to the chana dal mixture and mix very gently ( you can reserve few prawns to decorate on top of vadai).
6. Heat oil in a pan to deep fry, when oil is smoking hot simmer the heat to medium.
7. Shape the vadai mixture to small sized patties( like making vadai) and top each vadai with 2 or 3 reserved prawns and press gently so the prawns stick to vadai.
8. Carefully drop the vadai to hot oil and cook until crispy and golden in colour.
9. Drain the vadai on paper towel and serve hot.
This prawn vadai do not require any chutney
Serve as tea time snack
or with steamed rice and sambar.
1. If you don’t have tiny prawns, you can substitute it with large prawns but chop the prawns finely.
2. You can add handful of chopped pudina / mint leaves to vadai mixture for extra flavor.
3. If you prefer vadai to be more meaty you can add more prawns, it’s absolutely your preference.