Tuesday 20 March 2018

Recipe 20: Prawn in Coconut Curry

Chingri Malai Curry is a very popular Bengali dish. And there are a variety of ways to cook it.

This is my version and it completely mimics the actual flavour.
So if you are someone who wants to experiment and yet create an authentic dish, follow my recipe of Prawn in Coconut Curry.


  1. 250 gms medium size prawns with head (that is what gives the prawny taste)
  2. 1 grated onion
  3. 1 grated tomato
  4. 2-3 slit green chillies
  5. 2 cardamom/elaichi
  6. 1 stick cinnamon/dalchini
  7. 2 cups thin coconut milk 
  8. 1 tsp. coriander/dhania powder
  9. 1 tsp. cumin/zeera powder
  10. 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  11. 1 tsp. turmeric/haldi
  12. 1/2 cup Fresh cream (I used Amul)
  13. salt to taste
  14. 2 tsp. sugar
  15. vegetable oil for cooking


Devein the prawns, wash and marinate them with haldi and salt.
Fry in oil till they are half done and turn orange.
Keep the fried prawns in a bowl filled with coconut milk.
Let the prawns sit and soak in the coconut milk and stay tender.
Now in a kadhai, add oil and fry the onion.
Add in tomato paste, dry masalas, salt and sugar.
Cook till oil separates.
Add little water to scrap the browning from the vessel.
Therefore, roast the mixture on low flame.
Add the prawn along with the coconut milk.
Let it boil for few minutes till a layer of oil forms on top.
Add fresh cream and immediately and switch off the burner/heat.
Serve hot with steamed rice or pulao.


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