Shrimp in Coconut Milk (Chingri Maacher Malai Curry)

This is a popular dish from the East Indian state of Bengal. Serve with basmati rice.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1”)
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1” piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Water, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion, minced
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can (14 oz.) light coconut milk
  • Table salt, to taste

Directions

  • In a spice grinder, roughly grind the bay leaf, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of water if needed.
  • In a medium-sized skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the ground spice mixture and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the onions and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes or until the onions are well browned.
  • Add the turmeric and mix well. Add the shrimp and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Add the coconut milk and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the gravy starts to thicken. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1”)
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1” piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Water, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion, minced
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can (14 oz.) light coconut milk
  • Table salt, to taste

Directions

  • In a spice grinder, roughly grind the bay leaf, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of water if needed.
  • In a medium-sized skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the ground spice mixture and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the onions and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes or until the onions are well browned.
  • Add the turmeric and mix well. Add the shrimp and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Add the coconut milk and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the gravy starts to thicken. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories250
Total Fat17g
Saturated Fat6g
Cholesterol115mg
Sodium820mg
Total Carbohydrate10g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars2g
Protein14g