Saturday, 22 October 2011

Prawn Xacuti (Traditional Fare)

A very famous Goan recipe, similar to the Kerala Varutharacha masala. Chicken or fish can be prepared the same way.

Prawns: 250 g shelled & deveined
Green chilli: 2 slit
Shallots: 100 g
1. Coconut: 1/2cup
2. Red chilli: 8
3. Coriander seeds: 2 tsps
4. Cinnamon: 1 piece
5. Cloves: 4
6. Poppy seeds: 1 tbsp
7. White sesame/til seeds: 1 tbsp
8. Aniseed/fennel: 1 tsp
9. Ajwain/carom seeds: 1/2tsp
10. Garlic: 10 cloves
11. Ginger: 1” piece
Vinegar: 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste: 1/2tsp
Oil: 2 tbsps
Salt to taste


Heat a pan & dry roast 1 to 11 & grind using vinegar to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add sliced shallots, green chillies & prawns.
Sauté well.
Add the ground paste, half a cup of water & cover the pan.
Cook till prawns are done (about 7 minutes).  
Stir in tamarind paste & salt.
Retain the gravy if you like it that way or dry it up well.
Serve with rice.


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