Chingri Macher Malaikari

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Prawn - 500 gm
Coconut - 1 pc
Mustard oil - 2 to 3 tbsp
Onion - 2 pc
Tomato - 2 pc
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts - 30 gm
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Sugar - 2 tsp
Cardamom - 2 pc
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Bayleaf - 1 pc
Green chili - 2 pc
Salt - As per taste

Chingri Macher Malaikari

Chingri or Shrimp is very popular in Bengali cuisine. And Chigri Macher Malaikari makes the festive menu list quite often. Cooked with coconut milk, it makes a smooth taste.


25 mins


- Make onion paste, tomato paste & cashew paste
- Churn coconut into fine grains, add them into warm water (about 600ml).
- Mix them well and squeeze milk out of soaked coconut grains.
- Strain out the coconut milk.

5 mins


- Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric to the prawns
- Mix them well
- Marinate for 5 minutes.

25 mins


- Heat 2-3 tbsp mustard oil in a pan on medium flame.
- Fry the prawn little light red in color (about 1 minute) on medium.
- Take out the prawns from oil and keep aside.
- Add cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf to the same oil.
- Once aroma starts coming out, add onion paste, garlic paste and ginger paste.
- Mix them well and saute till the onions get a golden colour.
[The mix will also get thick]

- Add red chili powder and turmeric powder
- Saute for few seconds
- Add the tomato paste and salt, mix them well and saute till oil is released from the gravy.
- Once oil starts coming out, add sugar to the gravy.
[Mixing sugar gives a nice color to the curry and also enhance the taste]

- Saute for few seconds and add the fried prawns to it.
- Saute on low flame for 2-3 minutes
- Add little water and continue saute for 4 minutes
[Do not saute more, else the prawns will become hard]

- Add the coconut milk and cashew paste.
- Cook on high flame for 5-6 minutes.
[Do not overcook]

- Add garam masala powder, 2 green chili, cover the lid and cook for another 1 minute
[Green chili gives a nice aroma to the curry]

Chingri Macher Malaikari is ready.
Chingri macher (prawn) malaikari is best served with Basmati rice and lemon!

Salma Khatun

Salma Khatun

Sep 21, 2017

I love cooking and gardening. I am a YouTuber and runs the channel SalmaTheChef!