How to make Prawn Sukke - Prawns cooked in a dry coconut masala.

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Prawns, Scraped coconut (कसा हुआ नारियल)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Prawn Sukke

Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawn Sukke Recipe

  • Prawns peeled and deveined 2 cups

  • Scraped coconut 2 teaspoons

  • fenugreek seeds (methi dana) ¼ teaspoon

  • dried red chillies 4-5

  • medium onion chopped 1

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • red chilli powder ¼ teaspoon

  • garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • scraped coconut 6 tablespoons

  • ginger roughly chopped 1½ inch

  • mustard seeds ½ teaspoon

  • curry leaves 15-20

  • tamarind pulp 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Dry roast coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and redchillies in a non-stick pan till fragrant.

Step 2

Chop onion. Heat 2 tbsps oil in another non-stick pan.

Step 3

Place prawns in a bowl, add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garlic paste and mix well. Let them marinate for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4

Grind together 4 tbsps coconut, ginger and roasted spices with a little water in a hand blender to a coarse paste.

Step 5

Add mustard seeds to the oil in the other pan and when they splutter add curry leaves and onion and saute till lightly browned.

Step 6

Add ground paste and saute for 2 minutes. Add prawns, little salt, tamarind pulp. Mix well and cook.

Step 7

Add 1 tbsp scraped coconut, ¼ cup water and cook till prawns are done.

Step 8

Save hot garnished with 1 tbsp scraped coconut.