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Sheel

Goan Pickle: "Prawn Balchao"

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Prawn Balchao is a very famous Goan pickle that has a sweet, spicy and tangy flavor to it. 

For the balchao paste you will need:

> 8-10 kashmiri red chillies

> 4-5 Byadagi red chillies

> 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

> 1/2 tsk turmeric powder 

> 1 tsp peppercorn

> 6 garlic cloves

> 1/2 tsp cloves

> 1 inch cinnamon stick

> Vinegar 

First you will need to marinate about 250 grams of prawns in some turmeric powder and salt. After 15 minutes deep fry them in oil till them become golden n crisp. Set them aside and add tsp vinegar to them and let it sit for 1 hour. Now, make a paste of all the ingredients mentioned under the balchao paste and make sure not to add any water. In the same pan used for fryin the prawns, add in some chopped garlic and ginger. Lightly fry them and immediately add one whole chopped onion. Next, add the balchao paste amd let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the prawns and cook until the gravy thickens. Finally add 1 tsp sugar and salt according to your taste. Allow it to cool. This can be stored in a glass jar. Let this mature for 1-3 weeks before its use. Make sure never to use water at any stage. This can be enjoyed with a simple lentil curry and rice.


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Where do I get seeds for the 2 chiiis?  I have everything else.  If I can get three seeds of each I will grow my own.  This pickle sounds wonderful. 


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Hi. You can get the seeds at an Indian local store. Or you can try getting them on Ebay. Let me know if u find them.

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Hi, Nancy. No, you're not supposed to refrigerate it. It can be stored at room temperature.

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Hi Sheel! Could you put up a picture of the final product in the jar or on the plate? That would be so appreciated.

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