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Special Prawn Balchao Recipe

Special Prawn Balchao is a popular Indian Pickles-Chutneys
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On :
Friday, 14 July, 2017
Category :
Non-Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Pickles-Chutneys Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Saute Recipe
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Servings :
Serves 2
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A popular recipe of the Goan cuisine, this spicy and tangy pickle is all that you need for hot,steamed rice. Prawn Balchao is a finely sauteed chutney or side dish made with fresh juicy prawns. 

The prawn pieces are mixed with hot spices like mustard seeds, coriander, ginger, garlic, cloves and a masala paste.


  • 200 gms - Prawns, cut in pieces.
  • 1 tbsp - Vinegar.
  • 4 - Dry red chillies.
  • 1 tsp - Coriander/Dhania.
  • 1/2 tsp - Mustard Seeds.
  • 4 - Cloves.
  • 2 pieces - Cinnamon.
  • 1 Inch - Ginger.
  • 4 Cloves - Garlic.
  • 3 - Onions, minced.
  • 1/2 cup - Cooking oil.
  • 2 - tomatoes, chopped.
  • Sugar to taste.
  • Salt to taste.
  • How to Make Special Prawn Balchao:

    1. Put the prawns in a large bowl and sprinkle salt on them. Keep aside.
    2. Roast the dry red chillies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cloves and cinnamon till they begin to release their aroma.
    3. Take off from the fire and cool.
    4. Grind the ginger, garlic and roasted spices into a smooth paste using the vinegar.
    5. Heat the oil on a medium flame in a wok.
    6. Add the prawns and stir fry till opaque. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
    7. In the same pan, fry the onions till light brown. Add the tomato and fry till soft.
    8. Now add the spice-vinegar paste, sugar and salt to taste and fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.
    9. Add the prawns to this masala, mix well and cook for 2-3 mins.
    10. Serve with piping hot, plain boiled rice.


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