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Prawn Balchão (Goan Spicy Prawn Pickle)

Everyone knows Prawn Balchão as a main course. It is actually more like a pickle! In the days prior to refrigeration, prawns (and sometimes pork) would be left to marinate in a vinegar-based sweet and sour tomato-chilli sauce. Here, the Balchão would be left for days to marinate without reheating.
 
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Tisreo Sukhem (Clams In Spiced Coconut) – Goan Style

Tisreo SukhemThis is one of those dishes that I used to love to have as a child. The coconut and the spices add a unique flavour to the clams which enhances the overall taste of the dish. I still like slurping each clam shell – even though it feels like an effort.
 
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Prawn Balchao (Goan Spicy Prawn Pickle)

Balchao is a spicy seafood pickle from Goa. BalchaoWhile prawns are used most of the times, it is not uncommon to use other seafood like mussels, clams, lobster, seer fish, tuna and mackerel; amongst others.
 
Most people believe that the Balchao is extremely fiery. While this is true when it is tasted on the day f preparation; Balchao is a pickle and should be left for atleast a day before eating. An ideal time for resting would be a week. During this period, the marinade soaks into the seafood and the vinegar mellow the spice to a level which makes this dish very desireable.
 
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