How to make Khatte Meethe Prawns -

Prawns cooked with jaggery and tamarind.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Lemon Juice (नींबु का रस)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Khatte Meethe Prawns

Khatte Meethe Prawns Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet and Sour

Ingredients for Khatte Meethe Prawns Recipe

  • Prawns shelled and deveined 12-16

  • Lemon Juice

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Lemon juice 3 teaspoons

  • Crushed black peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Lemon rind grated 1/2 teaspoon

  • Five spice powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2 teaspoons

  • Jaggery (gur) grated 2 teaspoons

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 1/2 inch


Step 1

Heat oil in a non stick wok. Place prawns in a bowl, sprinkle salt and 2 tsps lemon juice over them. Crush Sichuan peppers and add along with crushed peppercorns and mix well. Add to the wok.

Step 2

Add ginger paste, garlic paste, lemon rind, five spice powder and mix. Add tamarind pulp and grated jaggery and mix. Adjust salt and cook till the prawns are done. Do not overcook the prawns.

Step 3

Transfer only the prawns into a serving bowl. Thicken the marinade remaining in the wok. Add salt and remaining lemon juice to thin strips of ginger.

Step 4

Pour the thickened sauce over the prawns, garnish with the pickled ginger strips and serve hot.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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