How to make Jhinga Kalimirch -

Prawns cooked in a black peppercorn flavoured gavy

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Prawns (kolambi/jhinga),, Black peppercorns

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

Jhinga Kalimirch

Jhinga Kalimirch Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Jhinga Kalimirch Recipe

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga), deveined 20 medium

  • Black peppercorns 20

  • Onions 3 medium

  • Ginger 3 inch piece

  • Garlic 10 cloves

  • Ghee 1/4 cup

  • Green cardamoms 5

  • Cloves 8

  • Tomatoes chopped 4 medium

  • Cashewnuts 10

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies 5

  • Curry leaves 10

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands


Step 1

Wash prawns thoroughly under running water. Slice two onions and chop one. Grind ginger and garlic to a paste.

Step 2

Heat two tablespoons of ghee in pan. Add green cardamoms, cloves and half the crushed black peppercorns.

Step 3

When they change colour, add sliced onions and tomatoes. Sauté for three to four minutes.

Step 4

Add one cup of water, cashewnuts and bring to a boil. Take off the heat, cool and puree in a blender.

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