Prawn Balchao Recipe - A popular Goan dish.

This recipe is from the book Konkan Cookbook.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (medium), Dried red chillies

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course_Seafood

Prawn Balchao

Prawn Balchao Recipe - How to make Prawn Balchao


Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Prawns (medium) shelled and headless 600 grams

  • Dried red chillies 12-15

  • Ginger roughly chopped 2 inch piece

  • Garlic roughly chopped 15-20 cloves

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Cloves 10-12

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Malt vinegar 1 cup

  • Oil 3/4 cup

  • Onions finely chopped 2 large

  • Tomatoes chopped 4 large

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons


Step 1

De-vein the prawns. Wash thoroughly and remove excess water. Add salt and keep aside. Grind the ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, red chillies, cloves, cinnamon and mustard seeds along with vinegar into a fine paste.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a non stick pan and sauté the prawns till all the moisture dries up. Drain the prawns and set aside. In the same oil sauté the onions till they turn soft and light brown.

Step 3

Add the tomatoes and sauté on high heat till they turn pulpy and the oil surfaces. Add the ground masala and sauté for two to three minutes. Add the prawns and sugar.

Step 4

Check the seasoning and cook on low heat for five to seven minutes more or till the oil leaves the masala. Serve hot with pav or boiled rice.

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