Saturday, 20 June 2015

Recipe of the day: Chingri Macher Malai Curry (Prawn Curry with Coconut)

Hello foodies! How are you? After a long time, I’m here! As you all know, that we had a serious internal problem with our computer system; so I couldn’t blog for you! Sorry for the delay.
Well, at last, rain has come to India! This is a season, with which we all have a lovehate relationship! The dirt and mud in the roads are the causes of hate; but the pleasant weather, rain and so many lovely foods make us forget all the things! This season, we can find so many fishes like Koi, Prawns etc. Actually, this is the best season for Bengali! Bengalis, who are one of the hardcore fish-eating communities in India, love gorging on chingri (prawns), among others. I think it is the perfect time to make an authentic prawn or lobster curry with coconut. The Chingri Macher Malai Curry is one of the Bengali regal dishes, and perfect for a special rainy-day lunch!
Some people believe that the Chingri Macher Malai Curry has a Malaysian influence and the early version of the recipe might have been bought by Malaysian sailors to the Bay of Bengal, many years ago. The word “Malai” is actually “Malay”, meaning Malaysian. The use of coconut paste or milk in curries across Asia is one common thread among the cuisines. Surprisingly, Malai in Hindi means “milk cream”, but the dish doesn’t use milk cream. So, it is apparent that Malai is the distorted way of saying “Malay”. But, this is just one school of thought.
Here is the recipe; please try and will share your experiences with me…….

Chingri Macher Malai Curry (Prawn with Coconut)



  1. Prawn (Medium size):-                         250gm
  1. Prawn (Jumbo):-                                  6 Pieces
  2. Coconut paste: -                                  2 Cup
  3. Grated Coconut: -                               ½ Cup
  4. Onion paste: -                                     4 tablespoon
  5. Garlic paste: -                                     2 teaspoon
  6. Ginger paste:                                      2 teaspoon
  7. Tomato (cut into small pieces):-          ½ Cup
  8. Green Chili: -                                       4-5
  9. Green Chili Pest (if you want):-            to taste
  10. Red Chili (if you want):-                       1/2 teaspoon
  11. Kashmiri red Chili Powder: -                 1 teaspoon
  12. Cumin Powder: -                                   1 teaspoon
  13. Coriander Powder: -                             1 teaspoon
  14. Turmeric Powder: -                              1/2 teaspoon
  15. Mustered / Refined Oil: -                    1 Cup (150gm)
  16. Bay Leaves: -                                        2
  17. Salt: -                                                  to taste
  18. Sugar / Sugar-free Cube: -                  1 /4 teaspoon / 1cube
  19. Garam Mashala Powder: -                     2 teaspoon
  20. Ghee (if you want):-                             1 teaspoon


Jumbo prawns


  • Dressed and washed, marinated the prawns with Turmeric Powder & Salt for 5-10 min. If you chose  jumbo prawns, then marinated in lime juice for 45 min.
Jumbo prawns; after marinate
  • Wash the marinated Jumbo prawns to remove the sour taste.
  • Full heat the oil in a pan & fry the prawns for 30 sec.
  • Set aside the prawns in a covered container.
  • In the same oil that was used to fry the prawns, pour in the bay leaves and then onion paste. When the onion turns brownish, add the ginger paste, garlic paste, tomato & fry for 2-3 min.
  • Add ¼ cup water, all the powders of ingredients, salt, sugar & cook for 2-3 min.
  • Add the fried prawns, coconut paste, green chili paste and mix well.
  • Then add about 2 cups water and stir well.
  • Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  • Take it off the flame after 10 minutes.
  • Mix garam mashala & ghee and cover for 5 min.
  • Garnish with grated coconut.
  • Serve hot with rice or Polaw or Paratha.

Malai Curry with medium size Prawns

* This preparation would taste best if served with steamed rice.
** You may use Coconut Milk powder in the place of Coconut paste.
*** I suggest you to work out 15 more minutes to burn the excess calories next morning.

Malai Curry with Jumbo Prawns