Dec 25, 2010

Merry christmas!! with prawn mlaikari-- third course!

Merry Christams!!

And with that I bring to you the penultimate course in the Bengali holiday meal :) series

Prawn 'malaikari'. A personal favorite right from my grandmom's kitchen. A delicate entree of prawns stewed in a subtle blend of cardamom-bayleaf-clove-cinnamon spiced coconut milk. An eternal delicacy in any Bengali kitchen. To be served with some sort of a sweet raisin pilaf


1/2 lb of prawns. De veined and shell removed 
1 tbsf of olive oil
Whole garam masala-- 2 cloves, 2 cardamom, 1/3rd stick of cinnamon
1 bayleaf
2 dried red chilli
1/2 tsp of grated ginger
2 tsp of sugar
1/2 cup of yogurt or 1/2 cup of cubed tomatoes.
1/2 cup of coconut milk. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of 1/2 cup of coconut flakes mixed with 1/3rd cup of milk.  
1/2 cup of hot water
Salt to season
A pinch of store bought garam masala powder for garnish
Do it ..will ya ?
In a pot heat oil and pop the whole garam masala, bayleaf and dried red chilli. saute for sometime till the spices turn a deeper shade. About 30 secs. Lower heat and add grated ginger, yoghurt/tomato and sugar (the lower heat is prevents burning of the spices). Saute for a couple of minutes and then add the prawns. Add half a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Add the coconut milk mixture/coconut milk and simmer for 5-7 mins. Season with salt. It should taste sweet :) Garnish with a pinch of garam masala.

Serve with a cherry or raisin pilaf. Now that is fancy smancy in under 10 mins. You guessed?

Merry christmas!


Sayantani said...

my most fav. love the click.
Merry Christmas.

Trix said...

I need to go back and catch up with this series asap!! And being planning my Bengali holiday meal 2011 ...

Jhonny walker said...


Merry christmas :) girls..glad you love this one. My personal faves too

The Japanese Redneck said...

I would enjoy this dish.

Life like it said...

Good one:)