Achari Jhinga (Spicy Pickled Prawns)

I have had this recipe for ages in my recipe diary (which is currently overflowing!) and has always been my go to prawn dish especially when I have guests over.


Loosely translated, achari jhinga means spicy pickled prawns. The pickling effect is due to the use of vinegar as base for mixing the spices and aromatics. This dish is meant to be spicy but you can of course control the amount of chilli powder to suit your taste buds.

A delish lip-smacking starter or the perfect accompaniment on a thali – prawn achari is a winner all the way!



1. Prawns (large, juicy ones preferable) – 500 gm, cleaned, deveined and washed
2. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
3. Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 tsp
4. Ginger – 1 inch
5. Garlic – 4 cloves
6. Peppercorns – ½ tsp
7. Vinegar – 2 -3 tbsp
8. Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
9. Red onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
10. Tomato – 1 medium, finely chopped
11. Green chilli – 2, slit
12. Salt – to taste
13. Sugar – ½ tsp
14. Coriander leaves – ½ cup, chopped


• Grind the chilli powders, peppercorns, ginger and garlic into a paste with vinegar. Do not add water.
• Heat oil in a large pan; add the onions and sauté till light brown.

• Add the tomatoes; sauté on high heat for a minute and then add the ground spice paste. Saute on low flame till oil clears.

• Add the prawns, season with salt and cook till done. This is a dry dish and hence addition of extra water is not required.

• Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Note – The quantity of spices is optional and can be changed according to spice preference.





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12 thoughts on “Achari Jhinga (Spicy Pickled Prawns)

  1. laurakatherinepasternak February 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    How many does this serve? Thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya February 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

      If you are using tiger prawns and serving as a side dish, I would say 4-5 people.


      • laurakatherinepasternak February 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

        Great thanks! Will let you know how it goes 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • vanyadhanya February 26, 2017 at 6:22 am



      • laurakatherinepasternak February 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm

        They were AMAZING! Totally took me back to my visit to Dhaka they recreated them perfectly. Thanks! Will need to check out your other recipes.

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      • vanyadhanya February 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        That’s wonderful to hear Laura; so happy that you enjoyed it. Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any other queries


  2. RecipeTin (@Recipe_Tin) August 16, 2016 at 2:41 am Reply

    Okay. You’re really making me hungry. Love it! But how spicy can this get? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks) November 23, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    Looks yummy..thanks for sharing! 🙂


  4. Sadia Mohamed November 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I am feeling hungry seeing this recipe! Yumm! 🙂


    • vanyadhanya November 14, 2013 at 5:27 am Reply

      its a very simple but yumm recipe….totally for the Indian taste buds


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