Chingri Malai Curry – Bengali Coconut Shrimp Curry: shrimp sauteed in coconut milk along with sweet-scented Indian spices. Aromatic and silky curry is a popular Bengali recipe from Kolkatta (Bengal- India). Also known as Prawn Malai Curry.Glutenfree+Keto
I’m a huge seafood-loving person and love having shrimp/prawn/fish recipes that are mildly cooked and this Chingri Malai Curry / Bengali Coconut Shrimp Curry is my all-time favorite Bengali recipe.
What is Chingri Malai Curry?
As I just mentioned, the recipe originated from Bengal (Eastern side of India) and here’s what it means:
Malai Curry= Creamy or Cream-based Curry
This recipe is perfect for Glutenfree, Keto diet too.
Chingri Malai Curry Ingredients
Ingredients for the Chingri Malai Curry:
You need the following for the curry:
Coconut Milk (Malai): full-fat milk is preferred for a silky smooth curry finish.
Indian Spices: like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, red chilies.
Onion + Ginger + Garlic
Oil – I’m using mustard oil but any light oil can be used.
Process for Chingri Malai Curry:
To begin with, the shrimps are tossed with turmeric, salt (to give it a lush color) mix.
Then they are lightly sautéed until they achieve a light pink color or cooked.
Then we make the luscious coconut / malai curry using onion, spices and coconut milk.
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 that 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.
Chingri Malai Curry - Bengali Coconut Shrimp Curry - Keto: shrimp sauteed in coconut milk along with sweet-scented Indian spices. Aromatic and silky curry is a popular Bengali recipe from Kolkatta (Bengal- India). Also known as Prawn Malai Curry.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
1 lb Uncooked Small Shrimp - Peeled and cleaned
1 Can Coconut Milk
1 Cup Onion – Thinly chopped
1 Tsp Ginger+Garlic Paste – (You can use fresh OR store-bought)
5 Tbsp of Oil
2 Tbsp of Butter OR Ghee
1 Tsp Tomato Paste - for color, you may skip.
Indian Spice Mix:
2 Bay Leaf
1 Cinnamon Stick
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)