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Prawn Balchao

Snigdha's picture
A Sanjeev Kapoor recipe.
  Prawn/Shrimp 1 Pound
  Tomatoes 3 Medium, chopped
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Ginger garlic paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cloves 4
  Cinnamon sticks 3 Small
  Dry red chilies 3
  Malt vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste

Clean shrimp, remove head,tail and shell. Keep aside.

Grind half tomato, ginger-garlic paste, cloves, cinnamon sticks, red chillies with vinegar into a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Heat a skillet. Add 2 tbs oil and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add shrimp and dry fry until light brownish. Remove.

In the same skillet, add 4 tbs oil, add chopped onions and saute until they change color. Add the tomatoes. Cover and cook until tomatoes turn tender. Remove lid and mash the tomatoes and continue to cook until oil begins to separate from the tomato pulp.

Now add the ground masala and sugar. Mix well. Cover and cook for another 1 minute.

Add the shrimp and continue to cook until shrimp becomes coiled and completely cooked.

You may choose to add some water, adjust salt and make it into a gravy or just add salt and continue cooking until water evaporates and the dish reaches desired consistency.

Serve Hot with steamed Rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Everyday, Gourmet, Party
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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Average: 3.6 (8 votes)

Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 624 Calories from Fat 30

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g5.2%

Saturated Fat 1.4 g7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 743.9 mg248%

Sodium 1907.2 mg79.5%

Total Carbohydrates 83 g27.7%

Dietary Fiber 13.7 g54.8%

Sugars 56.9 g

Protein 77 g153.5%

Vitamin A 93.6% Vitamin C 121.8%

Calcium 14.7% Iron 15.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


ifoodiee's picture
Hey Snigdha waiting for the recipe 1 1/2 pounds of prawn in my refrigerator..only thing i need is your recipe:-)....
Snigdha's picture
I am so sorry ifoodie. I totally forgot about it. I shall post the recipe as soon as I can.
Anonymous's picture
Hey, Wonderful recipes. I am going to try as much as I can. Thanks.
sutapa's picture
wow i am going to try this today. thanks .
nandini.p's picture
hi snigdha... I have been a silent follower of ur recipes. Have tried many and they are wonderful. Been looking for this recipe and iam glad i found it here as i dont have to worry about how it will turn out. It is sure going to taste great like the others..Great going !!
Snigdha's picture
Hi Nandini. Thanks for the lovely compliments. I hope this dish certainly meets your expectations :)
Q's picture
Hello, How many servings is this recipe for? I'm trying to make 12 servings worth - so how should I increase the quantities? Also, I was in Goa and I had this dish - they used baby shrimp...have you ever tried that?
Snigdha's picture
Hi Q. The above recipe serves 6 -7 people. You may increase the quantity by using 2 pounds/0.9 kg shrimp and increase other ingredients accordingly. The resultant product may be a little more than needed but when inviting people over, I always prefer to have a little extra leftovers rather than scraping the last bits of the dish into some one's plate.
kruthi's picture
hi snigda, I tried many of ur recipes, those r nice.can u show me how to make chicken biryani in easy way.
Snigdha's picture
Hello Kruthi. I have posted a Chicken Biryani Recipe in this site. Here is the link
foodpsychologist's picture
Wow ! I like the look of this Prawn Balchao. Apart from rice I'd like to taste this with noodles too. Will taste good won't it ? BTW, being a Sanjeev Kapoor dish I'm sure its going to be mindblowing. Thanks for bringing this to us.
Snigdha's picture
Hey cbb....thank you for letting me know, but I got this recipe straight out of a 'Sanjeev Kapoor' cookbook and followed it. Probably this recipe could have been a modified version of the authentic goan prawn balchao. Also, there are no curry leaves in this recipe, I haven't even mentioned it in the ingredients!
Prawn Balchao Recipe