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    Prawn Ghee Roast

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    By: Rajanikanth Shenoy, Mangalore

    Ghee Roast is one of the most popular delicacies of Mangalore, popularized by the Bunts of Kundapur. Hotel Anupama introduced this dish back in the mid Eighties. Today, almost every Mangalorean restaurant serves Ghee Roast. I prefer prawns over chicken, for prawns have a distinct flavour. After eating Ghee Roast at many restaurants, I guessed the ingredients that go into authentic Ghee Roast and with the help of my wife Meena, we came out with the authentic Ghee Roast!

    Here’s the divine dish which we dedicate to all the Mangaloreans who have fascination for exotic food. This was prepared using 30 jumbo sized prawns and should be sufficient for 6 persons. You may reduce or increase the amount of chillies and oil according to your own taste and calorie watch.










    1. Jumbo Prawns  - 1 Kg shelled and de-veined
    2. Lemon - 1 Squeezed
    3. Curds - ½ Cup
    4. White Pepper powder - 1 Tbsp
    5. Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
    6. Salt - To taste
    7. Red long chillies - 30 roasted
    8. Red short chillies - 8 roasted
    9. Coriander Seeds - 1 Tsp roasted
    10. Cumin Seeds - ½ Tsp roasted
    11. Fenugreek Seeds - ½ Tsp roasted
    12. Garlic flakes - 12-16
    13. Tamarind - Cherry size ball soaked in 2 tbsp water
    14. Refined vegetable oil - 30 ml
    15. Pure Desi Ghee - 30 ml
    16. Chopped Coriander leaves - A handful
    17. Lemon wedges - To garlish













    1. Marinate prawns with ingredients 2 to 6. If you want the prawns to stay uncurled after cooking, pass a bamboo skewer or broom stick through the prawns (But don’t forget to remove the sticks from the cooked prawns before eating). Keep it marinated for 8-24 hrs in the refrigerator.
    2. Grind ingredients 7 to 13 to a thick paste.
    3. Heat oil in a shallow pan. Roast the marinated prawns till they cook. Drain and keep aside.
    4. In the same oil, roast the ground masala till oil leaves the sides and raw smell disappears. Add salt to taste, the marinade and the cooked prawns. Mix well and keep for 2-3 mins on slow fire. Add ghee, mix and cover. When the masala gets thick, transfer to serving dish, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with lemon wedges.

    Same masala could be used for making Ghee Roast of 1.5kg Chicken.

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    Calvin Kotian, Saudi Arabia: Tried and a huge success, many thanks!
    Srividya Bhat, USA : I had tasted soya ghee roast at Ideal cafe but dont know how to cook it at home. Please guide me.
    mahesh, India : Pai naam, thank you for the wonderful recipe, for a first timer I should say I did great with a good feedback
    Anitha Sadasivan , USA : Hi,Rajnikanth. What a surprise! I google a prawn recipe and get yours. I was just thinking about you and Meena recently. If you don't remember me,I am from the place that your brother works. I went to Manipal.
    Savita Shenoy, India : We had tasted ghee roast in Maharaja & Sadanand. Shenoymam ur recipe was tasty too. My family just loved it. Looking forward to more such recipes from u.
    Ajay, USA : Hari om,!!!

    Do you have the recipe for the fried egg recepi served at shetty lunch home?
    Santosh, USA : Dear Shenoy maam, we tried your recipe and it was brilliant. I had eaten Chicken ghee roast at Shetty lunch home long time back. Your dish tasted almost similar and tasted divine. I appreciate your skills to reconstruct this recipe and post it on internet for the benefit of masses. Keep up the good work.
    pai, India : Thank u for this beautiful recipe. During every visit to Udupi we make sure to pack some Kundapur ghee roast back to Bombay. But after trying your recipe, don't think I will need to do that anymore. It is perfect. Thanks a ton!
    Gurudath Rao, India : Shenoy maam - this recipe is just great, i have been seeing this recipe from few years but finally tried it last sunday, dish came really well & the taste was awesome. I have been a great fan of Chicken Ghee Roast @ Shetty Lunch Home, Kundapur. I have tried Ghee roast in several restaurants in Bangalore & none of them close SHL. But your recipe is exactly matches - Thanks a lot for sharing such a fantastic recipe
    Sharat, USA : Looks very Appetizing ..never seen such Beautiful Presentation ..The Colossal Prawns / Shrimps and The Marinade looks tempting I am waiting to savor them on my next visit.
    vanita Amin, India : thnks for the Prawn ghee roast recipe. Was lovely. Do you have the recipe for kaane masala fry?
    Ankitha shetty, India : M very happy wit dis recipe..I tried dis recipe twice it dint come so gud but wit ur recipe d taste has come exactly lik authentic ghee roast thank u for Ranjnikanth n wife Meena Shenoy..
    Fathima, UAE: I was always hoping that I could get the ghee roast recipe and make it at home as I used to visit Abhiman, Maharaja and Guthu restaurants and many more in Mangalore. Now that I am in UAE I dont find any restaurants that serves this dish. Very thankful to you Rajnikanth Shenoy for this recipe.Keep posting more of Mangalorean dish.Really miss it in here.
    Preethi Pinto, Brazil : Thank you for this recipe. I tried it with Calamari (approx. 2 kgs) and it turned out a hit at my father-in-law's birthday party!!
    reshma, India : I tried this receipe its awsome.....
    Madhava chettiyar, Oman: Wow.... looks like finger licking good... thank you for this reciepe...
    Agun, India : Tried this reciepe this weekend it came out really really well.. Thanks a mill.
    Fiona Fernandes, UAE: Hi,

    Just posted this recipe on my blog: Hope you like it.
    prishni nayak, India : i am from mangalore i am really found of this dish i have noted down the receipe and going to try today.
    Maya, India : Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe. have tried with mushroom and chicken, it turned out amazing.. please the kori Rotti and checken sukka receipe please.
    Thanks a Ton
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