How to make Prawn Xec Xec -

A popular Goan curry – prawns cooked in a spicy coconut masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Prawn Xec Xec

Prawn Xec Xec Recipe Card


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.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Prawn Xec Xec Recipe

  • Prawns (medium) shelled and deveined 10-12

  • Dried coconut ( khopra) grated ½ cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Dried red chillies 2-3

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Coriander seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Onion finely chopped 1 medium

  • Tomato finely chopped 1 medium

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon + a sprig for garnishing


Step 1

Put prawns in a bowl, add salt and ginger-garlic paste and mix well. Add turmeric powder, mix and set aside to marinate.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in anon-stick pan. Add dried red chillies, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves and peppercorns and sauté till fragrant. Add coconut and sauté on low heat till golden. Remove from heat and cool.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in another non-stick pan. Add onion and sauté till golden.

Step 4

Grind the spice-coconut mixture with some water to a fine paste.

Step 5

Add tomato to the second pan, mix and cook on high heat for a minute. Add ground paste, mix well and cook for a minute. Add some water, mix and cook for a minute.

Step 6

Add marinated prawns, mix and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.Add lemon juice and coriander leaves, mix and cook for a minute.

Step 7

Serve hot garnished with a coriander sprig.

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