Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bengali Coconut Prawns Curry

Traditional Bengali food is prepared using mustard oil. Cooking with mustard oil, always intrigued me. How will it be cooking with mustard oil. When you open a fresh bottle of mustard oil, you are taken in by the strong pungent smell and makes you think, will cooking with this oil be okay. I had once asked one of my bengali friend, how is it to cook with mustard oil ? And she said it's like you keralite's like your coconut oil, we like our mustard oil. Today i was bent on finding out how it tastes cooking with mustard oil and went on to make this prawns curry. I was pleasantly surprised. The strong smell of the oil was not found in the curry. Curry had smooth flavors and was soothing to taste.


2 cup - Cleaned prawns / Shrimps
2 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
3/4 tsp - Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp - Sugar
1 cup thick & sour - Curds / yogurt
4 tbsp - Mustard oil
Salt to taste

Grind to a smooth paste

1/2 shell of a small - Fresh Coconut, grated
2'' piece - Ginger
4 - Green chilies
4 to 6 - Dry whole red chili
1 tsp - Mustard seeds


1 ) Add all ingredients listed to be ground into a grinder, except mustard seeds. Grind to a smooth paste with little water. Then add mustard seeds and grind again to get the mustard seeds just enough ground (not too much ).

2 ) Heat 4 tbsp of mustard oil in a heavy pan till it starts smoking. Reduce heat or remove the pan from fire to cool oil, a little bit. Then place back to fire and add the ground masala paste. Fry on a medium heat till brown. When oil separates, add coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar. Fry lightly for a minute , then add curds, prawns and stir in. Now add about 1.5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer and cook covered, till the prawns is cooked and the gravy has thickened a bit.

Serve hot with plain boiled basmati rice.


Sree... said...


Prawns curry looks delicious..:)

Gulmohar said...

Will try this for sure :-)I love the variety in your recipes

Sudipta Bhawmik said...

Just had it few minutes ago! Heavenly!

Subi said...

wow, u are on a roll. first marathi and now bengali cuisine. good. the curry sure looks delicious.

Pravs said...

Sree : do try this dish. Thanks for visitng.

Gulmohar : Thanks :) I always like to discover new flavors.

Sudipta :hey that's awesome ! thanks for the feedback. Now i feel confident of this recipe :)

Subi : I am enjoying this experience of finding new flavors.

Srivilasica said...

Wonderful blog! Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Curry looks yummy! Loved the rich colour of the gravy.

Rahin said...

coconut and seafood go great together, this curry looks ready to dive in :)