March 5, 2012

Prawn pickle / Shrimp pickle

Amma's special prawn pickle that spices up any meal.


Small prawns (Cleaned, peeled and de-veined) - 250 gms
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup

Ginger finely chopped - 1 tbsp
Garlic finely chopped - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 3, finely chopped
Curry leaves - a sprig
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 3 tbsp + more if required
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp


1. Wash the prawns well and drain the water completely. Marinate the prawns along with turmeric powder and salt for atleast half an hour. Choose the smallest prawns available. The weight given above is after cleaning and peeling.
2. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the prawns till they are golden and crisp. Drain and keep aside in a glass bowl.
3. In the same oil, add ginger, garlic, green chillies and fry till brown. Add curry leaves and fry it too. Turn off the stove and add chilly powders. Take care not to burn it. Transfer the contents immediately to the bowl of fried prawns.
4. Warm the vinegar and add it along with enough salt to the bowl and mix well.
5. Splutter mustard seeds in a tsp of oil  and pour it to the bowl.
6. Dry roast fenugreek seeds and powder it. Add the powder to the bowl and combine well. Keep the pickle in the bowl for a day. If it gets very thick, boil about 1/4cup of water and combine with the pickle. The prawns absorb the liquid and pickle gets thicker.
7. Store in airtight glass jars after the pickle cools downs completely.

Use after 3-4 days...I dont have the patience to wait, so I dig in as soon as it is ready.


Kerala Kitchen - March 2011 hosted by Prathibha, an event series started by Ria and Rose
Hot and Spicy treats hosted by Amy


  1. I love prawns/shrimps and this looks tempting beyond words.

  2. Wow tempting pickle,drooling..kandittu kothiyavunnu

  3. Yummilicious pickle..I too have this in my draft,will post soon!!
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  4. The ingredients used to make the masala for pickle is mouthwatering!

  5. yum prawn pickle!......very nice.....even i would like to dig in straight away.

  6. Tangy and yummy pickle dear... Mouthwatering

  7. Mouthwatering here. Never tried pickle using prawn. but it is tempting so much..

  8. Very tempting looking pickle...

  9. my fav pickle..Luv ur mom's recipe..Drooling here..

  10. wow....cant resist cing it....awesome...

  11. Ramya, this and kallumakkaaya achar r my favorite's fav :-) Ur pickle looks super yumm n yes even I don't wait for couple of days when they are made

  12. This looks awesome...bookmarked


  13. pickle looks so hot n yummy...bookmarked.....nice....can we store this??

  14. Pickle looks so tempting and yummy.

  15. oh you are making me mouthwatering!! :) It looks tasty & spicy...Thanks for sharing with the event

  16. how many days i can store it

  17. refrigerate it?
    I am trying with out chilly powder....


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