Prawns Balchao or Prawns Pickle is a recipe which I learnt from my mom. I am proud to say that my mom’s prawns pickle turns the best. Nothing can beat my mom’s magic of making prawns pickle. She taught me this recipe when I got married and I had written it down in my diary. Today I am sharing with you all this secret recipe.
There is a secret in this prawns balchao recipe which is unique only to my mom making this 🙂 I have shared the secret in the ingredients. Hey! There are various ways in which Goans prepare prawns balchao. Goan Christians add vinegar instead of lime juice. So if you get some fresh vinegar you can add it to the recipe. Some people add tomatoes too.
Cleaning and de-veining the prawns is a big challenge. So mom used to sometimes ask my help. My late granny taught me to de-vein the prawns once and this is the only fish I know to clean. I am really thankful to her.
Mom used to pack this prawns balchao in glass bottles and send it to Bangalore every time we visited Goa. She used to sometimes send a bottle to my in-laws house in Goa too and everyone loved the pickle. So do try this recipe and let me know how it turns.