Prawns in Coconut Milk /Chingri Malai Curry

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Prawns are definitely a delicacy and favorite of many esp Bengali’s. My husband begs to differ, he prefers to stay nose diving distance away from sea food and aromatic fishes (tch tch). So when it comes to authentic Bengali fish dishes I eagerly await for my in laws to arrive. Hilsa and prawns are my Mil’s favorite so last evening when I saw some good prawns at fish market had to grab them for her. This was my first solo attempt with prawns and I was definitely scared. Didn’t want to butcher the delicate taste of the amazing prawns but they turned out really good (ask MIL). Prepared them in two ways, the other one being cooked in poppy n mustard seed paste.

Preparation time- 10 min

Cooking time – 15 minutes


Prawns- 500gm

Mustard oil / vegetable oil- 2 tbsp

Green chili- 2

Onion chopped – 1 cup

Ginger onion n garlic paste – 2 tbsp

Coconut Milk- 1 can

Bay leaf- 1

Turmeric powder- 2 tsp

Salt as per taste

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Peel and wash prawns. Marinate with turmeric and salt and keep aside. Heat oil in wok and fry the prawns for 2 min on each side. Do not deep fry them. Drain them out on tea towel. In the oil add slitted green chili and bay leaf. Then add chopped onions, saute till golden brown and then add the ginger garlic paste. Saute till for 2 minutes, slowly add the coconut milk to it. Season with salt and allow it to come to a boil. Add the fried prawns and simmer for 2-3 minutes. You can add 1 more green chili at this stage if you like it spicy. This curry has very subtle taste and not a spicy one. Enjoy with steaming hot rice.



5 thoughts on “Prawns in Coconut Milk /Chingri Malai Curry

  1. Alok Vats August 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Wow, I guess I eat it around 20 years back… But I do remember the taste so well even after so many years. Wish I can be able to eat it once again, will definitely try to prepare it once…


  2. Love, Life and Whatever August 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm Reply

    It’s my sons fav

    Liked by 1 person

  3. earthriderjudyberman August 31, 2014 at 4:31 am Reply

    I have had prawns and liked them. But I still prefer shrimp. Not sure why. Your recipe is tempting. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. thehungrymum September 19, 2014 at 8:17 am Reply

    sooo mouth-watering. Love prawn curries.

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