Shrimp curry with giant shrimps or Golda Chingri in Bengali is very famous for its tastes. Bengali’s being a hardcore fish-eating community in India, manage to make this malai curry with jumbo prawns and small prawns. Here mildly marinated prawns are shallow fried and then cooked in coconut milk gravy which makes it flavorful. This prawn curry with coconut milk pairs best with steamed rice or any bread recipe. Here is the delicious prawn malai curry Bengali recipe.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author Punam Paul
for marination of prawn
1/4teaspoonturmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
1/4salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
for fresh coconut milk
for curry paste
2piecesonion (प्याज)medium size
1piecestomato (टमाटर)medium size
whole garam masala for prawn malai curry
1pieceIndian bay leaf (तेज पत्ता)
1/2teaspooncaraway seeds (शाह जीरा)
1inchcinnamon stick (दालचीनी)
1pieceblack cardamom (बड़ी इलायची)
4pieces ofgreen cardamom (छोटी इलायची)
6tablespoonrefined oil (रिफाइंड तेल)
1/2tablespoonginger paste (अदरक का पेस्ट)
1/2tablespoongarlic paste (लहसुन का पेस्ट)
1teaspoongaram masala powder (गरम मसाला पाउडर)
1teaspoonroasted cumin seed's powder (भुना हुआ जीरा पाउडर)
1/2teaspoonturmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
1/2teaspoonred chili powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
2piecesslit green chili (चीरा हुआ हरी मिर्च)
1teaspooncoriander powder (धनिया पाउडर)
4-5piecescashew nut (काजू)
1/2tablespoonwhite poppy seeds (सफेद पोस्ता)
salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
sugar to taste (स्वाद के लिए चीनी)
1tablespoonfresh cream (ताजा क्रीम)
to clean prawn
If using fresh prawn - discard the shrimps head hold the prawn's body with one hand and using your other hand to firmly grasp and twist the head of shrimp. Peel off the skin and legs, and remove its tail.
To remove the tail - hold the prawn's body with one hand and grab the prawn tail with your other hand then pull the prawns tail off. Discard it too.
To devein the prawn. Use a sharp knife to slit a small black line that runs down the length of the prawn’s back. This cut should be done from head to tail side of the prawn. Inside, you will see a small black tube which is the digestive tract of the prawn. Pluck out this black tube and discard it.
If you are using frozen prawns you can skip the above steps.
to marinate prawn
Wash and clean the prawns with cold water. Rinse them well.
Marinate the shrimp with turmeric powder and salt. cover the bowl with a plastic wrap well, then keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour for marination.
to prepare curry
Chop the onion. Then move the chopped onions to a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste and keep it aside in a bowl.
Chop the tomato. Then move the chopped tomato to a mixer jar and grind to a make tomato puree.
Soak the poppy seeds along with cashew nut in a bowl for around 10 minutes in lukewarm water. Then move it to a mixer jar and grind to a make paste. Keep the paste ready to use later.
how to prepare fresh coconut milk for prawn malai curry
Using the sharp knife, pierce the eyes of the coconut. Then drain coconut water in a bowl.
Put coconut on a hard surface and smack with a hammer to crack open the coconut.
With the help of your kitchen knife, pry the coconut meat from its hard skin.
Now with the sharp knife chop the coconut meat into 1-centimeter cubes. Then move the chopped coconut meat cubes to a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste. Adding a little coconut water if required.
Meanwhile, take another pan or a bowl and place a clean muslin or cheesecloth over it. transfer the coconut paste on this muslin cloth with the bowl at the bottom. Carefully gather the edges of the muslin cloth. Make a knot of the gathered muslin cloth and strain the coconut milk gently in the bowl.
Squeeze the muslin cloth gently to gather the remaining coconut milk in the past. Discard the coconut paste husk.
how to fry prawn for prawn malai curry
Heat 2 tablespoons of refined oil on medium flame in a pan, when oil is sufficiently hot and turns smoky, add marinated prawn and sear them for a minute till turn light golden.
After a minute or so, flip the prawns over, and sear for a minute till turn golden. We need not cook these prawns completely as they will later get cooked in our prawn malai curry.
Once done, transfer the fried prawns on a plate and set them aside.
how to make prawn malai curry
Heat 4 tablespoons of refined oil on medium flame in a pan, when oil is sufficiently hot add black cumin followed by black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, turmeric powder, and red chili powder.
Immediately add chopped green chili then onion paste to the pan. Fry onion paste until onion turns light brown.
Turn the flame to low and add ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander powder along with salt and fry it for 5 minutes stirring gently. Then add tomato puree and fry until oil starts separating.
Now, add the paste of poppy seeds and cashew nuts prepared earlier and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
Now, add fried prawn to the spices mix well and cover the pan with a lid. Cook it for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally after every 3-4 minutes in low heat then cover the pan again till the prawn is slightly cooked and oil leaves sides.
Now add the garam masala powder and coconut milk and cook for another 2 minutes. Add sugar to your taste. Adjust water if you want a thick or thin gravy and cook it till the gravy starts boiling.
Spread fresh cream over the recipe. Mix well and switch off the flame.
The prawn malai curry is ready to serve.
This recipe goes best with steamed rice. You can also serve it hot along with chapati, nan, roti, etc.
Prawn Malai Curry Recipe by Punam Paul from https://punampaul.com/prawn-malai-curry/