How to make Microwave Prawn Balchao - The ever popular prawn balchao cooked in the microwave oven .

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Main Ingredients : Prawns, Whole dry red chillies (साबुत सूखी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course Seafood

Microwave Prawn Balchao

Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

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Microwave Prawn Balchao Recipe Card

Microwave Prawn Balchao

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Microwave Prawn Balchao Recipe

  • Prawns 500 grams

  • Whole dry red chillies 12-15

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger 2 inch piece

  • Garlic 15-20 cloves

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cloves 10-12

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Malt vinegar 1 cup

  • Oil 1/2 cup

  • Onions chopped 2 medium

  • Tomatoes chopped 4 medium

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons


Step 1

De-vein prawns. Wash thoroughly under running water and remove excess water.

Step 2

Add salt and set aside. Grind ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, red chillies, cloves, cinnamon and mustard seeds with vinegar to a fine paste.

Step 3

Take oil and onions in a microwave bowl and cook, uncovered, on Microwave HIGH (100%) for four minutes.

Step 4

Add ground paste, tomatoes and cook, covered, on Microwave HIGH (100%) for four minutes.

Step 5

Add prawns, salt and sugar and cook, covered, on Microwave HIGH (100%) for three minutes. Serve hot.

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