Prawn Balchao

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Aug. 16, 2013

Its a spicy Goan specialty, where prawns are cooked in an aromatic spice paste and served hot with rice.


Prawns 200 Gram , cleaned and deveined (((small to medium
Vegetable oil 3 Teaspoon
Onion 1 Large , finely chopped
Tomato 1 Large , finely chopped
Salt To Taste
For balchao paste
Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
Whole dry red chilies 2
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Cinnamon stick 1 (((½ inch)))
Cloves 4
Vinegar 1 1/2 Teaspoon



For the Balchao Paste:

1. In a pan, roast dry red chilies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cloves, and cinnamon stick until they begin to pop and release their aroma. Take off from the fire and let cool.

2. Grind the ginger paste, garlic paste, and roasted spices until smooth with vinegar.


3. In a pan, heat vegetable oil and fry the prawns until they become opaque. Remove from pan and set prawns aside.

4. Now in the same oil fry chopped onion until they turn brown.

5. Add tomato and stir fry. Now add 3 teaspoons of balchao paste. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the oil begins to separate from the masala.

6. Add the prawns to this masala, season with salt to taste, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.


7. Serve piping hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 244Calories from Fat 85

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 530 mg22.08%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.7%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 10 g

Protein 19 g38%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet