How to make Prawns Xacuti - Xacuti is one of the most popular Goan dishes – here it is made with prawns.

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (medium) (मध्यम आकार के प्रॉन्स), Dried coconut ( khopra) (खोपरा)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Prawns Xacuti

Hindi: jhinga
Favourite seafood? Prawns, prawns and more of prawns. A wide variety of small crustaceans, tiny relatives of the lobster, are known as prawns. Prawns are normally translucent when raw but get their distinctive pink or red colour on being cooked. one word of caution – if buying unpeeled prawns, smell for freshness and look for bright, shiny shells that have some spring left in them.

For more recipes related to Prawns Xacuti checkout Prawn Ambotik, Grilled Prawns with Burnt Kiwi Chutney, Karwari Prawn Curry, Malwani Prawns . You can also find more Main Course Seafood recipes like Ilish Macher Sorse Jhol , Pineapple Curry With Prawns, Tisryanche Kalvan, Vanga with Sode.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawns Xacuti Recipe

  • Prawns (medium) shelled and deveined 2 cups

  • Dried coconut ( khopra) grated ½ cup

  • Cinnamon ½ inch stick

  • Cloves 4

  • Black peppercorns 4

  • Green cardamoms 2

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Onions finely chopped 2 medium

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Nutmeg powder ½ teaspoon

  • Vinegar 2 tablespoons

  • Coriander-cumin powder 2 teaspoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons + for garnishing


Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, cardamoms and poppy seeds and sauté for a minute. Add coconut and sauté further for a minute. Cool and grind, with sufficient water, to a coarse paste.

Step 2

Put prawns in a bowl, add salt and turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in another non-stick pan, add onions and sauté till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté further for a minute. Add ground paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Add prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add coriander-cumin powder and mix well.

Step 5

Add ½ cup water and mix well. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

Step 6

Add nutmeg and vinegar and mix well. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 7

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.