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1-2-3 Chingri Malaikari

Give me a recipe for Chingri Malaikari and I’m going to make it. The idea of pink prawns floating around in a fiery-sweet silky curry is too much for me to resist. This Bengali preparation is always on my order list whenever I go to Oh! Calcutta, Bhojohori Manna or Esplanade. I can’t really say which one is my favorite because each time I eat it, I am lost in the delicate flavours of this exquisite curry.

The earlier recipe for this on my blog, was from a Bengali. This one is too, but it’s quicker to make with no compromise on flavour. So if I’m strapped for time – this is the one I pick. Then there’s always the debate of frozen vs. fresh prawns – I say just use whatever you get your hands on. Most Bengali’s will make a special trip to the fish market and get the largest king prawns they can find. If you are eager to replicate the real deal, I’d say a trip to the market is worth it. But don’t sweat it, I’ve used frozen prawns and the curry is just as delectable.

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What will you serve this with? If you manage to find the short grain fragrant Ghobindobhog rice – you are guaranteed a trip to heaven. If not, Jeera Sambhar comes close. The third option is a Basmati Rice that you can temper with ghee – a take on the Ghee Bhaat that is served at Bengali weddings. I don’t think the Bengali’s garnish this with coriander, but I couldn’t resist the added colour and flair that it gives the dish. And finally – the coconut milk. All hell breaks loose on this topic, but I’m going to say it –coconut milk from a can works just fine if you don’t have time to extract one from a real coconut. I usually split the contents into two parts and dilute one part equally with water to be used as second press milk and the thick part as first press milk.

I think people are too puritan in their cooking these days and fail to understand that a meal is only as good as how it feels on your palate. So go ahead and play around till it suits yours.

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Chingri Malaikari recipe

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