Makes 6, 4.5 inch long cutlets
400 grams shelled and cleaned
medium small to medium prawns 40-50 per kg), washed and drained
250 grams of boiled peeled and mashed potatoes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onions
2-3 Indian green chillies finely chopped or to taste
2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp hot and sweet sauce or to taste
Or use 1 tsp vinegar and 2 tbsp ketchup and 1 tsp sugar
1.5 cups breadcrumbs
3 eggs beaten
Salt to taste
Lime wedges to serve
Peel and mash your potatoes only when you are ready to prepare the cutlets.
Heat oil in a wide saucepan on high heat. Add onions and green chillies and sauté till soft about 3 minutes . Add garlic ginger paste and sauté about two minutes, scraping the bottom to prevent burning.
Add the prawns, turmeric, powdered coriander, cumin, hot and sweet sauce mint leaves. and stir well about 3-5 minutes until prawns are just short of being cooked through.
Put this prawn mixture in a food processor, add 1.5 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and blitz a few times till the mixture is mushy. Do not turn it into a paste. You want a chunky mixture.
Remove into a mixing bowl and stir in potatoes, 2 tsp salt, chopped coriander and mix well.
Shape one small 2 inch ball to test the flavours. Later you can make yours round or oval and any size you want. Small balls for appetisers and larger cutlets for a main course. Roll the small ball in egg then dip to coat in breadcrumbs. Roll in eggs again and back into the breadcrumbs to coat completely.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large saucepan on high heat. When oil is hot but not allowing lower heat to medium and fry one cutlet until golden brown on all sides. Taste for seasoning and adjust the rest of the prawn ‘dough’ before making the remaining cutlets. Coat in egg wash and crumbs and fry in hot oil. Serve with potato chips, green salad, boiled veggies, mashed potatoes