Monday, July 6, 2009

Chingri Macher Malai Bhapa

Prawn Malai Curry is a rich Bengali delicacy. This dish came up when I tried to use the same ingridients but followed an unconventional cooking procedure.
Jumbo Prawns – 500 gms, deveined and cleaned
Mustard Oil – 2 tsp (I would suggest not to substitute mustard oil with any other oil coz it gives the dish the perfect touch)
Coriander Leaves – to garnish
Grind Together:
White Mustard Seeds– 2 tsp
Coconut Milk – ½ Cup
Green Chillies – 4-5 (Or according to taste)
Turmeric Powder – ¾ tsp
Salt – To taste

Mix together all the ingredients. Sprinkle a few drops ofmustard oil on top and steam for 15-20 mins. If you do not have a steamer, you may follow the procedure that I did. Take a small bowl and place it inverted in the center of a pressure cooker. Add about a cup of water. Place the marinated prawns in a bowl on top of the inverted bowl and close it with a lid. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. If you think the water level has reduced in between, then remove the lid and put some more water and pressure cook again.

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Small Potatoes - 500 gms (Normal potatoes may be cut into lemon size pieces)
Tomato – 1 Pureed or squeezed well
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1tsp (Just for the eyes to feast on the red colour)
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Salt – To Taste
Sugar – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
Bay Leaves – 2 Small
Oil – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish

Grind together:

Ginger Paste – 2tbsp
Green Chillies – 5-6 (Or according to taste)
Onion – 4 medium
Garlic – 8 cloves


Par boil the potatoes and keep them aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add salt, turmeric powder and boiled potatoes and stir fry. When the potatoes turn golden in colour, remove them from oil and keep aside.

In the remaining oil, add cumin seeds and bay leaves. When cumin seeds start spluttering, add the ground paste and sauté till oil oozes out. Add the potatoes and tomatoes. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add a little water, sugar and coriander leaves. Cook till the dish reaches your desired consistency.
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