sungTa khoLu

prawns sidedish

Most of the people who eat non-veg love prawns and there are many prawn delicacies to choose from. I made this khoLu yesterday especially for my husband who loves prawns. khoLu in Konkani means the liquid part of the pickle. Though this item does not taste like pickle, I guess it infers its name from the amshe, miTshe, thikshe (sour,salty and spicy) tastes. This is also extremely easy to make.



  • Cleaned prawns - 1 cup
  • Onions cut into small pieces - 1 cup
  • Green chillies - 2 to 3
  • Chilli powder - 3 teaspoons
  • Tamarind extract - made from a lemon sized ball
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In a kadai heat some oil and add the onion pieces and green chillies. Fry for a few minutes on a low flame.
  • Now add the prawns to this, add a little salt and fry till the prawns start looking solid and white.
  • At this stage, add a little water, close the vessel with a lid and cook for 5-6 minutes to ensure that the prawns are cooked.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the tamarind extract, chilli powder and some salt. You can vary the proportion of the tamarind and chilli powder to suit your taste.
  • Add this mixture to the onions and prawns, add some water and see if the proportion of the salt and tamarind is fine. Do not add a lot of water. Allow it to boil well and then simmer for another 5-6 minutes. By the end of this, you will be getting a yummy smelling flavour :)

Serve with rice as a sidedish or with chapatis, bread etc.

Preparation time: 30 minutes