Chingri Malai Curry (Coconut Shrimp Curry)

Chingri Malai Curry (Coconut Shrimp Curry) is a delicate yet delicious recipe from the state of Bengal in India.

Chingri Malai Curry (Coconut Shrimp Curry)

It’s the perfect pairing of lightly sautéed shrimp in a coconut sauce which is both mild n slightly spicy (yes you heard it right mild & spicy) at the same time.


I’m a huge seafood loving person and love having shrimp/prawn/fish recipes that are mildly cooked and this Chingri Malai Curry is my all-time favorite Bengali recipe.

As I just mentioned, the recipe originated from Bengal (Eastern side of India) and here’s what it means:


Chingri = Shrimp

Malai Curry = Creamy or Cream based Curry


To begin with, the shrimps are tossed with a turmeric, salt (to give it a lush color) mix and lightly sautéed until they achieve a light pink color or cooked.

Now, to achieve that Creamy Curry / Malai Curry consistency that it’s so famous for:

The shrimps are cooked in a mix of coconut milk + water along with fragrant spices like cinnamon, clove, and cardamom which enhances the flavor to a new high.



The spices used above are all mild and give this curry a sweet-aromatic flavor which goes perfectly with the lightness of shrimp.

Once all that is simmered in coconut milk (can – not carton coconut milk), it gives this Chingri Malai Curry an exceptional taste.

Overall this Chingri Malai Curry is ready in about 15 minutes but the taste is so heavenly that you’ll keep wanting to have more.

It’s best enjoyed with a bowl of fresh steamed white rice but you can choose any side as per choice.

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Chingri Malai Curry


Yields 24

Chingri Malai Curry (Coconut Shrimp Curry)

1 Large nonstick wok with lid/cover 1 Medium Bowl Serving Bowl

2 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

24 minTotal Time

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1 lb Uncooked Small Shrimp - Peeled and cleaned (You can use frozen OR fresh shrimp)

1 Can Coconut Milk – I’m using a low fat 14 ounce can (you can use any as per taste)

1 Cup Onion – Thinly chopped or minced

1 Tsp Ginger+Garlic Paste – (You can use fresh OR store bought)

5 Tbsp of Oil

2 Tbsp of Butter OR Ghee

Indian Spice Mix:

2 Bay Leaf

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 Cloves

3 Green Cardamom

2-3 Dry Whole Red Chilies

2 Tsp Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp Red Chili Powder

2 Tsp Cumin Powder

2 Tsp Garam Masala Powder

1 Tsp Sugar – (Use sugar OR sugar substitute of your choice)


  1. In a medium bowl, add turmeric, salt, shrimp and toss evenly (to smear turmeric n salt all over shrimp).
  2. Heat the nonstick wok over medium flames, add 3 tbsp of oil and sauté the shrimp till they turn
  3. light pink and then remove immediately(Takes about 6-8 minutes)
  4. In the same wok, add 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of butter, bay leaf, whole red chili, onion
  5. and sauté till onions are pink (3 minutes).
  6. Add ginger-garlic paste, all spices and sauté for another 2 minutes, till everything is mixed and cooked slightly.
  7. Now add coconut milk, sauté and let the curry (sauce) simmer and cook for about 4 minute over low heat.
  8. Add cooked shrimp, sauté, cover the wok with lid and let it cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Take off the lid, sauté the curry one last time and switch off the heat.
  10. Transfer to serving bowl and serve hot.



1335 cal


114 g


80 g


9 g
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32 Replies to "Chingri Malai Curry (Coconut Shrimp Curry)"

  • Lizzie November 26, 2015 (8:30 pm)
    Tried this tonight, so yummy! Can I ask, would you always do vegetables separate (I did a mutter mushroom dish), and do you have any tips for avoiding a watery sauce?
    • Molly Kumar November 28, 2015 (7:29 pm)
      Hi Lizzie, thanks for trying the curry and I'm glad you liked it. If you want to add vegetables to any curry dish, you can cook the vegetables separately and then mix finally with curry. Whenever I cook anything with Mushrooms, I try to mushrooms first till most of its natural water gets soaked up (as mushrooms has lot of water). Do try more recipes from us and would love to hear back - Hugs, Molly
  • Oana @AdoreFoods September 28, 2015 (8:56 pm)
    I wish this was my dinner tonight! It looks so good and there is nothing better than a good, homemade curry! Drooling over my screen :)
    • Molly Kumar September 29, 2015 (4:53 am)
      Awee, thanks so much Oana :) Come over anytime.
  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way September 28, 2015 (12:04 pm)
    I am always looking for a good curry recipe. This sounds wonderful! Can't wait to make it.
    • Molly Kumar September 29, 2015 (5:01 am)
      That would be fantastic Marisa - Thanks.
  • Lizzie September 28, 2015 (10:13 am)
    Looks yummy, I love coconut and cardamom. It's great to see such a quick recipe that looks so tasty too!
  • Manju | Cooking Curries September 27, 2015 (12:04 am)
    This looks really good, Molly! I should make this for my meat-a-holic!
  • Rachel @ Simple Seasonal September 25, 2015 (2:11 am)
    This sounds delicious! I bet the sweetness from the coconut and the spice from the curry are an incredible duo!
    • Molly Kumar September 25, 2015 (4:29 am)
      So true, they compliment each other so well. Thanks for visiting Rachel :)
  • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies September 25, 2015 (12:55 am)
    These soup is making flavorful, I love it and I am dying to try it. I still can't believe you take ur photos with an iPhone!
    • Molly Kumar September 25, 2015 (4:27 am)
      Thanks Katalina :) Glad you liked the recipe & pics :)
  • CiaoFlorentina September 24, 2015 (10:14 pm)
    I am a shrimp fanatic and I love coconut, so for sure I would love this combo in my mouth right now !
    • Molly Kumar September 25, 2015 (4:26 am)
      Hahaha, I'm sure you would Florentina - Thanks.
  • swayamm September 23, 2015 (6:07 pm)
    Love prawn in coconut curry.. its a childhood fave for me. Gorgeous color too Mol!! Beautiful.. :) Pinning!!
    • Molly Kumar September 24, 2015 (4:44 am)
      Thanks Swayamm, it's one of our fav recipe at home too. I'm so happy that you liked it too :)
  • foodlovinfamily September 22, 2015 (4:32 pm)
    This recipe sounds so flavorful and delicious. Excited to try making it.
  • Noor September 22, 2015 (2:27 pm)
    Beautiful curry. And such easy to make steps to. Thanks for sharing!
    • Molly Kumar September 24, 2015 (4:49 am)
      Absolutely, its so simple to make - Thanks Noor.
  • Platter Talk September 20, 2015 (10:42 pm)
    Fantastic photos and this dish looks entirely delectable! Wish I were there to try it!!
    • Molly Kumar September 22, 2015 (5:18 am)
      Thanks Dan....Sure, come over anyday :)
  • Hillary Reeves September 20, 2015 (6:25 pm)
    love love love!! coconut curry is my fave.
  • Chris @ SimpleFood365 September 20, 2015 (5:41 pm)
    What a wonderful recipe you have here! It is making me hungry! Love the pics too!
  • Razena | September 20, 2015 (4:26 am)
    I love this type of coconut curry and this one is a keeper.
    • Molly Kumar September 22, 2015 (5:21 am)
      Thanks Razena, its one of my fav curry too :)
  • Molly Kumar June 1, 2012 (6:26 pm)
    Hi Vijitha,
    Thanks for stopping by, do visit and try some of the recipes as I try to make them as easy n healthy as possible :)
    Great to know you're in Bay as well, Keep in touch !!!
  • Vijitha June 1, 2012 (2:51 am)
    Hello Molly
    This is my first time here and I am loving all the recipes in your blog. I stumbled upon your blog from flickr where I saw a picture of moli paratha. Even I live in the South bay and glad to connect with a fellow blogger. I love this place as we have a huge food blogging community here. Good luck with your cooking and I will come back for more recipes.

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