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Helly Raichura's balchao pickle recipe

Helly Raichuras balchao pickle

Preparation time
15 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes

To complement Helly Raichura's spicy balchao pickle dish, pair with a glass of Verdelho. Verdehlo has long been known to complement fragrant or spicy dishes well, and some of the styles we’re seeing now are really turning heads.


1 ½  cups shelled prawns

2 small red onions, sliced

2 tbsp oil

Spice paste

6 dry red chillies

8 garlic cloves

½ tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp tamarind paste

6 cloves

1 cassia bark

15 peppercorns

1 small onion, fried till brown

1 tsp turmeric powder

Coriander, chopped, to garnish


1. Place all the spice mix ingredients in a blender and make a paste with a little water.

2. In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil followed by sliced onions and cook till light brown. Add spice paste and cook for a few minutes.

3. Add prawns and cook till done (in traditional methods, prawns are cooked for longer).

4. Preserve in a glass jar onced cooled, and store in fridge.

5. Serve as a pickle with rice or pulao, with a garnish of coriander.

Preparation Time
15 minutes
Cooking Time
15 minutes