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Prawn Baffad

The other day while I was scanning through a lifestyle magazine I came across the name Prawn Baffad. The name itself sounds from outer space. A quick search and my thoughts were transferred to this coastal Indian city of Goa. You guessed it right!!! Its a Goan dish. Goa is famous,amongother things,


  • 500 gms Prawns
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons Chilli powder ( adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper corns
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
  • 2 cups onions Chopped
  • 1 Tomato Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 - 2 tbsps Tamarind paste (adjust according to taste)
  • to taste Salt


  • Marinate prawns in salt and turmeric and keep aside. Grind the cumin seeds, pepper corns, ginger, garlic and vinegar to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions till golden brown.
  • Add chilli powder, the ground paste and cook on low flame.
  • When the oil starts to separate, add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the prawns and mix well.
  • Check for seasoning and if needed, add more salt.
  • Add the tamarind paste diluted in 1/2 cup water into the prawn mixture. Cook till the prawns are done. Serve with rice or Roti.