Prawn Malaikari

bengali special

Recipe by rhea basu of pune, IN

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 lb Prawns, large size
    • Onion, I made a paste of a large one and used about 5 tbsp of the paste
    • 1 large Garlic, coarsely chopped
    • 1 tsp Ginger
    • 6 Green Chillies, slit
    • 1 can Coconut Milk
    • 1 small cup fresh cream
    • 4 TejPata or Bay Leaves
    • 4 Elaichi (Cardamom)
    • 6 Laung (Cloves)
    • 2 Darchini (Cinnamon)
    • Red Chilli Powder
    • Turmeric Powder
    • Salt
    • Little sugar


    1. Clean the prawns as explained earlier and mix it with turmeric and salt and keep aside for about ½ hour
    2. Meanwhile grind the onion to a paste.
    3. Heat oil in Kadai/Frying Pan
    4. Lightly fry the prawns so they turn golden in color, do not deep fry like other fish
    5. As soon as the prawns turn a pale golden take them out put them on a paper towel.
    6. In the same oil, add the chopped garlic.
    7. As soon as the fragrance of the garlic rises, take out the garlic from the oil so that the oil is now garlic flavored but there is no garlic in the gravy.
    8. Add TejPata or BayLeaves
    9. Coarsely pound the Elaichi, Laung & Darchini with a pestle and add them too
    10. Add the onion paste when you see the whole garam masala crackling
    11. Continue frying the onion with a little bit of sugar till it turns brown in color or the oil separates from the paste
    12. Add the ginger paste and cook the masala.
    13. Stir and add the can of coconut milk
    14. Add a little water (about 1/3 of the can) in the can, mix well and add it too.
    15. Add Red Chilli Powder, very little turmeric powder and salt.
    16. Add the green chillies
    17. Mix well and cook the gravy.
    18. When you see the gravy slightly bubbling add the fried prawns.
    19. Cook on low for some more time till the gravy thickens and acquires a creamy consistency, now add cream and
    20. Serve with white Rice or yellow Pulao