Chingri malaikari (prawn malai curry - prawns cooked with coconut milk) step-by-step recipe with photos.
Chingri malaikari (prawn malai curry) is a classic Bengali delicacy in which prawns are cooked along with coconut milk and spices. This dish is a popular celebration dish and is served during weddings and ceremonies. Prawn malaikari is also known to be very popular among the British in Calcutta.
There are different opinions on the origin of the name malaikari. Some say this dish originated in Malaysia (similar to Laksa) and hence the name malaikari (Malay-Curry). But most likely it's the creamy texture of the curry that gave it the name. Malai means cream, and malaikari (or malai curry) is a creamy curry.
Juicy, melt in the mouth prawns in a delicious mild creamy curry is a sure shot winner, no matter what you call it. Serve it with hot steamed rice for a perfect indulgent meal.
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Juicy tender prawns in mild coconut curry
Chingri malaikari (prawn malai curry) step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Grind coconut, poppy seeds, green chilli into smooth paste
2. Coarsely grind mustard seeds
3. Marinate the prawns
4. Cook marinated prawns with coconut milk
Malai curry served with steamed rice