I have a kind of addiction for fried stuffs, right from childhood. On an all vegetarian day, mom had to prepare few kinds of fries for me and bro, accompanied by dal, rice, a piece of lemon and a green chilli, it was me at heaven. At that time, it felt what else do we need in life, except mom's lap and food cooked by her. Later, demands kept on soaring, worries too. In those days going out with mom to Shyambazaar/Newmarket for shopping and waiting for what she buys for me was the greatest pleasure. Coming back home and see bro done with all kind of mischiefs was not so much of a pleasure. If mom was in a good mood, she would buy me cutlets, chips, otherwise it was either sweets or ice-creams. She prepared lot of this kinds at home too, because her daughter loved to eat. Keeping in tune with that tradition, I too try my hands on them quite often, for my men.
These are Prawn Cutlets, very easy to prepare at home. For this we need small prawns, potatoes, some freshly ground masalas. I will not guarantee they tasted as that of Mitra Cafe / Basanta Cabin but I do it my own way and with all my heart. There is so much satisfaction in cooking for our loved ones. Let us see how we do them.
Prawns : 250gm
Potato : 2
Onion : 1[sliced]
Garlic[minced] : 1/2tsp
Ginger[minced] : 1/2tsp
Cumin Seeds : 1/4tsp
Coriander Seeds : 1/4tsp
Cinnamon : 1inch stick one
Cardamom : 2-3
All Purpose Flour : 1tbsp
Bread Crumb : 100gm
Salt : As required
Oil : 2tbsp + 6tbsp to shallow fry
De shell the prawns completely and wash thoroughly. Rub a little salt.
Boil and mash the potatoes. Dry roast the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and dry grind them.
Heat 2tbsp oil in a wok. Add the minced garlic and ginger, fry till light brown.
Add the sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add the prawns discarding the marination water.
Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes, now add the mashed potato, ground spices and salt as required.
Stir well and mix together. Add the flour to tighten the mix. Stir for another 2 minutes and transfer to a plate. let cool.
In another plate, take the bread crumb. Shape the mix into cutlets and coat generously with the bread crumb.
Heat 6tbsp oil in a pan. Shallow fry the cutlets.
Put on tissue papers to drain the excess oil.
Serve hot with salad of your choice.