Chingri Maacher Malaikari (Prawns Cooked in Coconut Milk)


  • Fresh water prawns – 700 gms
  • Onion paste – 5 tbsp
  • Ginger + garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Whole dry chillies – 4, broken
  • Whole garam masala – cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom – 2 each, crushed
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Cooking oil – 3 tbsp (I used mustard oil )
  • Coconut milk – 2 cups ( I used the thick canned one )
  • Sugar – to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Method –

  1. Clean, devein and marinate the prawns with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a kadahi or wok.
  3. Lightly fry the prawns and remove and keep aside.
  4. Do not overcook them.
  5. In the same oil, add the bay leaf, dry red chillies and the crushed garam masalas.
  6. Then add the onion paste and a little sugar.
  7. Fry well till the rawness goes away.
  8. Then add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and fry till oil starts to separate from the sides.
  9. Now add the fried prawns and mix everything together.
  10. Raise heat, add a little water and bring to a simmer
  11. Check for salt and adjust according to taste
  12. Lower the heat and add coconut milk
  13. Adjust seasoning, the gravy will be a little on sweeter side
  14. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot

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