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Kerala Style Prawns Patties a.k.a Chemmeen Vada - The Fab Flip

Kerala style chemmeen vada or prawns patties.

Hey guys,

It's currently lock down 5.0 going on and we have already got exhausted by spending the whole time at our house. Life feels so much changed in both good and bad ways. Exploring, traveling, outing, movies, etc have become our long lost dreams. The only options left are working, sleeping, cooking, and eating! So why not try out something new to cook so as to spice up your boring life?

Today’s recipe is yet another signature prawns recipe of my mother. This is a Kerala style prawn patties aka "Chemmeen Vada ", which is super delicious and full of flavors. It can be consumed as a starter or with some rice and sambar! Believe it or not, my mouth started watering while I was typing this!

So without making you further tempted, let’s jump to the recipe.

Kerala Style Prawns Patties a.k.a. Chemmeen Vada Recipe

Prawns recipe , Kerala style chemmeen vada or patties.

Prep Time : 10 minutes | Cook Time : 10 minutes | Total Time : 20 minutes


Preparation of Dough Mixture -

  • 500gm prawns

  • 1 ½ cup grated coconut

  • A handful of curry leaves

  • 1 tbsp chilly powder

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

  • ½ tsp pepper powder

  • 2-3 garlic cloves

  • ½ ginger

  • 3-4 shallots

  • 1-2 sliced green chilies

  • A pinch of asafoetida

  • Salt as per taste

For Cooking & Garnishing-

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • Few coriander leaves (optional)

How to Prepare Chemeen Vada a.k.a Prawns Patties

Preparing the Main Mixture -

  1. Add the prawns to a mixer and give a single blend to mince them partially.

  2. Transfer the prawns to a bowl.

  3. Now add ¾ cup of grated coconut along with the curry leaves, chilly powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, garlic, ginger, green chilies, shallots, and some salt to the blender.

  4. Give a quick blend to get a coarse mixture and not in paste form.

  5. Now transfer this mixture to another bowl and add the remaining grated coconut and mix them well with your hands.

  6. Then add the partially minced prawns to the bowl and again mix everything well.

  7. Add salt as per taste and a pinch of asafoetida powder to it.

Preparation of the Chemmeen Vada -

  1. Cover with plastic wrap and leave it for 15-20 mins.

  2. After that, heat oil in a frying pan.

  3. Set the flame to medium once it gets hot.

  4. Now grease your palms with some oil and make small round balls from the prepared mixture/dough.

  5. Flatten them into medium-sized round patties ( or cutlet shapes) with your hands and place them one by one on the pan.

  6. After 2-3 mins flip them and cover the pan with a lid for 3-4 mins to cook the inside part well. Make sure you are cooking in medium to low flame.

  7. Once they are done and are brown in color, remove them from the pan.

  8. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve it hot with rice or as a snack!

Note - You can also use the deep fry method to cook the patties. In that case, you should use more oil than mentioned above. Flip them every 2 mins so that they are cooked from all sides.

Download The Kerala Style Chemmeen Vada Recipe Pdf

Do try out this recipe and comment on your feedback! 💖

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