How to make Chingri Malai Curry -

Prawns cooked in a rich coconut milk gravy – it’s simply delicious

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Chingri Malai Curry

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chingri Malai Curry Recipe

  • Prawns 200 grams

  • Coconut to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut scraped ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Green chillies 4

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 tablespoon

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoons


Step 1

Place prawns in a bowl. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix and let them marinate for fifteen minutes.

Step 2

Place three-fourth cup of coconut in a mixer jar. Add half cup of hot water and grind. Place a muslin cloth over a bowl and pour the coconut over it. Gather the edges of the cloth and squeeze tightly to extract thick coconut milk.

Step 3

Heat three tablespoons mustard oil in a non-stick pan. Add prawns and sauté for one minute. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.

Step 4

Slit green chillies. Add the remaining mustard oil to the same pan and heat. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and cover the pan and allow the seeds to splutter.

Step 5

Add green chillies, prawns, coconut milk and cook on medium heat for half a minute.

Step 6

Add chilli powder, cumin powder, sugar and ginger paste and mix. Cook till the prawns are done.

Step 7

Garnish with remaining scraped coconut and serve hot.

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