Today I am going to introduce you to my style means “Malwani style” of cooking. “Malwani cuisine” has its origin from the Konkan region of Maharashtra state of India. The Konkan region lies on the western coast of India and hence malwani cuisine is famous for its sea food dishes. Apart from sea food other non vegetarian dishes like malwani chicken sukka, kombi vade are world famous. I am going to post back to back recipes of some traditional malwani dishes as well as some dishes in which I have made some successful experiments.
The recipe which I am going to post today is not a traditional recipe nevertheless I have added my twist to the traditional way. The main ingredient today is Fresh Baby Shrimp. It is called as “Javla” in Marathi, my mother tongue. Many of us might know dry baby shrimp, also known as “Sukat” in this part of the world, is used in many Asian cuisines. Well just to be clear, I am not referring to dry shrimp but to the fresh baby shrimp. I have added the picture of the baby shrimp which I have referring to.
Javla like any other sea food cooks very fast. Traditionally it is prepared as a side dish which is served with wheat chapatis or ‘Rice Bhakris’, another malwani speciality. I have made the traditional version of Javla often and hence wanted to experiment with it. Instead of making it like a sabji / bhaji I made Pan Fried Javla Cakes.
This is again a very effortless and trouble-free to cook recipe which tastes amazing.
200 grams of Fresh Javla
2 medium sized onions chopped
1 medium sized tomato chopped
1 – 1 ½ tbsp of ginger garlic paste
1 – 1 ½ tbsp of malvani masala powder
1 tbsp of lemon juice
Chopped mint leaves
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
How it is done:
Wash the fresh Javla and drain all the water completely. Then add the rest of the ingredients and make mix well. Remember after adding the salt you cannot set the mixture aside because it will start to gather moisture. Add some corn flour if you feel the mixture is thin. Distribute the mixture evenly and make small pan cakes.
Rest is simple and straightforward. Shallow fry the cakes in hot oil. They will not take more than eight to twelve minutes on a medium flame.
As promised this recipe is uncomplicated and at the same time sinfully mouth-watering.
Serve hot as appetizers with some lemon juice sprinkled on it.
If you are sea food lover then all I can say is you just cannot stop after reading the recipe. Go on make these delicious cakes and send me your comments and pictures.