Prawns Xacuti

Xacuti is one of the most popular Goan dishes – here it is made with prawns. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Prawns Xacuti

Main Ingredients Prawns (medium), Dried coconut ( khopra)
Cuisine Goan
Course Main Course Seafood
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Prawns Xacuti

  • 2 cups Prawns (medium) shelled and deveined
  • ½ cup Dried coconut ( khopra) grated
  • ½ inch stick Cinnamon
  • 4 Cloves
  • 4 Black peppercorns
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto)
  • to taste Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 medium Onions finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg powder
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander-cumin powder
  • for garnishing Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons +


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamoms and poppy seeds and sauté for a minute. Add coconut and sauté further for a minute. Cool and grind, with sufficient water, to a coarse paste.
  2. Put prawns in a bowl, add salt and turmeric powder and mix well.
  3. Heat remaining oil in another non-stick pan, add onions and sauté till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté further for a minute. Add ground paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add coriander-cumin powder and mix well.
  5. Add ½ cup water and mix well. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add nutmeg and vinegar and mix well. Add coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.