How to make delicious Prawn Balchao!

Very recently I tasted some delicious prawn balchao, at a relative’s place. When I inquired about the recipe I was told it was from Joyce Fernandes’ famous ‘Home Style Cuisine’ cook book. So I have decided to share it with you.


  • 1 kg. Prawns (shelled and deveined)
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 2 tsps. Turmeric powder
  • 300ml. oil
  • 1 onion (cut fine)
  • 8 curry leaves
  • Paste of 1 pod garlic & 5 inch ginger
  • 4 or 5 tbsps. Spice paste No. 6
  • 3 tsps. Sugar


  1. Wash the prawns well and drain out the water completely.
  2. Apply salt and turmeric powder and allow it to stand for 2 hours.
  3. Drain out any excess water.
  4. Heat half the oil in a large pan, fry the onion till tender, add prawns and fry them well.
  5. In another pan, heat the remaining oil, add curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and spice paste.
  6. Stir-fry on slow fire for a few seconds.
  7. Mix the fried prawns and sugar.
  8. Simmer for 2 minutes and keep the pan down from the fire.
  9. Cool and bottle.

Today there are many Goan recipe books in the market, but Joyce’s cook book has got world wide acclaim. If you have not already got it, I recommend you go out and pick up a copy!



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