Prawn Kismur Recipe

30 Jan

Sharing with you a recipe that is truly Goan a day before I fly back to the US of Prawn Kismur (kiss-moore). Kismur is sun-dried salted Shrimps that are lightly toasted and mixed with fresh grated coconut and spices. It is made during the rainy season as rough seas would make it difficult to get fresh fish and since Goans can not miss their fish for lunch they used the sun-dried salted prawns.

dry-salted-prawn-kismur-recipe-goan-shrimps-grated-coconutDuring summer fish and prawns are salted and sun-dried and kept for bad weather days. The salted fish is usually fire roasted also a fish pickle called Parra is made. Salted fish is rinsed in coconut vinegar and then pickled for a couple of weeks in a pasteΒ  made of ginger, garlic, cloves, red chilies and spices all ground in vinegar. It is then fried along with some sliced onions and eaten with some rice and coconut curry.

dry-salted-prawn-kismur-recipe-goan-shrimps-grated-coconut-curry-leavesServing Size: 8 -10


1 cup dry prawns / shrimps

1 cup grated frozen coconut

1 medium onion diced finely

1 tbsp of xacuti masala

10-12 curry leaves

Salt to taste



Roast the dry shrimps for 4 minutes in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Keep aside.

To the heated pan add 3 tbsp of oil and onion and saute till the onions are soft.

Next add the xacuti masala and saute for a minute.

Add the grated coconut, salt and saute till it mixes well with the spice and onions about 3 minutes.

Finally add the toasted shrimps and curry leaves saute for 2 minutes and your kismur ( kiss-moore) is ready.


Enjoy as a side with some hot white rice and Goan Fish Curry.


45 Responses to “Prawn Kismur Recipe”

  1. HotDish January 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Super interesting! Sounds tasty, too.

    • Nandini January 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      It is really tasty. The salty parwns and the sweetness of the fresh coconut makes and great combination.

  2. Mr. Militant Negro January 30, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

  3. fittoservegroup January 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    wow this looks amazing!

    • Nandini January 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      Thank you Hilda πŸ™‚

  4. For The Love of Ghee January 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Nandani, this looks devine! I love dried shrimp πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      That is awesome…I am sure you will enjoy this recipe.

      • For The Love of Ghee January 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

        I sure will have to give it a try. I’ve been thinking about it all day!

  5. ssuratkar January 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    That looks so delicious! What are the ingredients of the xacuti masala or where can we get it?

  6. travelingmind2anywhere January 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Looks delicous! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. kolukulurisnigdharao January 31, 2015 at 4:43 am #

    dry prawns are huge in hyderabad too .i will surely try this one out …looks awesum

    • Nandini February 2, 2015 at 5:49 am #

      That is so good to know. Since I have’nt traveled much in India I do not know a lot about each state food culture. I hope you do give it a try.

  8. Loretta January 31, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Ahh, I see that you are still in Goa and about to leave Nandini. Thanks for this post, you brought back some wonderful memories of the dried prawn curry. My grandmother used to make parra too, and the funny thing? She hailed from Parra :). Anyway safe travels back, it will be hard to return to normalcy I’m sure. 😦

    • Nandini February 2, 2015 at 5:59 am #

      Thank you Loretta. That is a wonderful coincidence :-).

  9. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser January 31, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    Greetings Nandini, great recipe-Yum! Safe travels back home to family in USA. Your Florida Bud. Cheryl

    • Nandini February 2, 2015 at 6:00 am #

      Thank you so much my good friend Cheryl. Just got back on Sunday afternoon.

      • Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser February 2, 2015 at 6:14 am #

        Happy you’re safely back home in US! Be gentle to yourself you have had a difficult time! Your Florida Bud, Cheryl.

  10. Serena @ foodfulife January 31, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    Wonderful flavours , as always! Simply gorgeous!

  11. deepsouthdigs January 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I gotta say that I’m completely ignorant of your culture but I’m enjoying learning about it. The food looks amazing and I hope to experience it someday. The words “coconut” and “shrimp” will perk my interest every time!

    • Nandini February 2, 2015 at 6:04 am #

      I hope so too you get a chance to visit Goa someday and experience its food, religion and cultural heritage.

  12. spiceinthecity February 1, 2015 at 2:24 am #

    This looks so delicious, we have something similar in Mangalore, but without the xacuti masala πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 2, 2015 at 6:05 am #

      Thank you so much. Mangalore and Goa do have quite a few similarities.

  13. fittoservegroup February 2, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    I nominated you for the sisterhood of the world bloggers award!

    • Nandini February 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

      Thank You Hilda that is very kind of you πŸ™‚

  14. Next Step to Nirvana February 4, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Hi Nandini,

    Thank you for visiting my site. When we visited Goa last summer (not my first time, but my husband’s), he fell in love with chicken xacutti. I am eager to look through your recipes πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

      That is awesome. It is a lovely place. I hope you enjoy browsing through my posts :-).

  15. Linda Creation February 9, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    Wooooow so tempting ma dry prawns coming soon frm Goa i will sure try dis beauty darling ❀

    • Nandini February 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks Linda! I am sure you will enjoy it πŸ™‚

  16. Mariposaoro February 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Thanks.. Now i haveca recipe to follow during Lent! Yummy!!

  17. isabel pinto April 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    lHey Nandini, just cam across your blog! pretty awesome!!! will definitely try out some of these. Great job.

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank You so much Isabel that is very kind of you to say. I am happy you found it. It’s awesome to see you around :-).

  18. Stan the Man December 12, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    Hi Nandini!

    I may be a bit late on this one. But better late than never,as they say. This KISMUR recipe is a ‘JEWEL IN THE CROWN’ recipe so to say. I recall My late Gran Maria Sebestiana used to prepare KISMUR. I recall She used to grate the coconut and add the dried prawns to it. I don’t remember what else she used to add. I know She would prepare it in the monsoons. I guess this was done because of a shortage of fresh fish in the rains.It tasted very delicious. I always wanted this recipe. And Hey I found it today on Your site. My prayers have been answered. I will now follow Your recipe to prepare the dish. I almost forgot this AMAZING dish. It would be extremely criminal to ELIMINATE this PHENOMENAL dish from GOAN CUISINE. Hats off to You for ENLIGHTENING Me/Us.


    Stanley Vincent Rodrigues

    • Nandini December 12, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      Thank You Mr Stan. I am so happy to hear that. It makes all my hard work worth while. I will definitely look forward to your verdict πŸ™‚

      • Stan the Man December 12, 2015 at 10:28 am #

        Heya Nandini!

        You certainly will. I think My spouse Maria Linda D’cruz will prepare a few of Your dishes for Christmas. As most of My relatives are in the UK this Christmas. Normally many of them go to Goa for Christmas. But this year it is going to be a full house. Some of them are leaving for Goa on the 26th of dec, and My sister and brother-in-law in Jan 2016. So We are going to have a big spread. With top Goan nosh (Cuisine). I think PRAWN KISMUR will be the PIECE DE RESISTANCE. And Goan konkani music by Divina Braganza Moraes and Sonia Shirsat in the back ground. I can’t wait for Christmas. Roll on Christmas 2015.



        • Nandini December 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

          Sounds exciting and a lot of fun Mr Stan. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  19. Bali Tour January 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    wow.. amazing article….
    Thank you for the recipe..

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