Prawn Balchao is a traditional Goan spicy prawn dish.

It can be served with rice or chapati and also can be used as a pickle.


Prawns, marinated in salt– 600 gm

Dried Kashmiri red chillies - 10 numbers

Ginger – a small piece

Garlic cloves – 6 numbers

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Cinnamon stick – 1 piece

Cloves – 10 numbers

Vinegar / Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Onion, chopped – 1 number

Tomato, chopped – 2 numbers

Sugar – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – Accordingly

Oil - Accordingly


Add Kashmiri chilies, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, cloves, vinegar or lemon juice and mustard seeds and grind in a mixer and keep aside.

In a pan, take oil and stir-fry the prawns. Remove it from the pan and set aside.

Add more oil to the pan and saute the curry leaves, garlic cloves and ginger in it.

To this add chopped onion and saute again. When it turns golden brown add chopped tomato and sugar. Cook for some time.

Then add the masala mixture and the prawns to this and saute properly. Then remove from flame and serve.