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Recipe | Chingri Machher (Macher) Malai Curry (How To Make Prawn Curry With Coconut Milk)

Updated on August 2, 2012

Bengali Name : Chingri Macher Malai Curry

This is another delicious recipe from the Bengali cuisine. Although it’s a little heavy but who cares when such a mouth watering dish is just in front of you!

Ingredients Serve for 3 -4

  1. Prawn big size 4 no
  2. Onion 2 no
  3. Almond 10 no
  4. Ginger ½ inch
  5. Green chili 2 no
  6. Coconut 1 no
  7. Cardamom 4 no
  8. Cinnamon 1 inch
  9. Garam masala powder ½ tsp
  10. Bay leaf 2 no
  11. Mustard oil 2 tbsp
  12. Clarified butter 1tsp
  13. Turmeric powder 2 tsp
  14. Salt to taste


  1. Remove outer shell and the black thread from the prawns and wash them. Marinate with turmeric powder and salt for 15 minutes.
  2. Boil the prawns for 5 minutes and screen it.
  3. Grind ginger and green chili and keep aside.
  4. Soak the almonds, peel and grind to make a fine paste.
  5. Peel onions, boil for 5 minutes and grind it to make a paste.
  6. Grate coconut, mix with a little hot water and then grind it. Press the mixture through a fine cloth to get the fresh coconut milk.
  7. Heat mustard oil in a pan till smokes starts coming.
  8. Add cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves.
  9. Lower the flame and add ginger-green chill paste.
  10. Sauté for a few seconds.
  11. Add onion paste and cook till water gets dried.
  12. Add prawns and cook for another 2 minutes.
  13. Add coconut milk and cook for 5 minutes.
  14. Add salt, clarified butter and garam masala powder.
  15. Serve with fine rice.


If you are new to the Indian cuisine please read how to make the “Garam masala”

If you want to use coconut milk powder which is available in the market, take 3 tbsp of powder and mix with 1 cup of hot water.


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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      This is simply mouth watering.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks Dr irum for your interest in Bengali recipe. You would certainly love this recipe as you are already a prawn lover!

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Amazing bangali prawn recipe , i love prawns,so thanks for yummmmmmy dish,

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks for visiting my hub! Hopefully yes, I could do that some day!

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      You have wonderful bengali recipes and this one is my all time favourite .. Hope you invite us one day for a grand meal .. Lol!!