Balchao (prawn preserve)
A favourite Goan relish/pickle. This recipe is for a fresh balchao, i.e. one you are not going to bottle
1/4 Kg prawns (shelled)
1tsp cummin seeds
10 kashmiri chillies
vinegar to taste
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 cups oil
4 medium onions, minced
handful of curry leaves
1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
3 heads of garlic, finely chopped
4 green chillies, seeded and chopped
salt to taste
Grind together the cummin, peppercorns and chillies with the vinegar. Mix in the turmeric.
Fry the onions in the oil until all the water have gone.
Add the prawns, masala, curry leaves, garlic, ginger and green chillies.
Simmer for 10 minutes or so.