Guest Post – Prawns with Mustard and Coconut Paste

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We are very happy to publish a mouth watering recipe from our new guest, Pamela Mazumder. Pamela had posted the chingri maach with shorshe naarkel bata recipe at the Cook Like a Bong FaceBook fanpage. We were so happy to find such a wonderful recipe that we decided on publishing this post in our site. Thanks Pamela for sharing this recipe.
We have had couple of other guest posts in our blog. If you are interested in sharing your recipes please do mail us.

Ingredients:

  • Prawns (Chingri Maach): 8-10 large ones (shelled, cleaned properly with the head and tail intact)
  • Coconut scrapped (Narkel kora): 3-4tsp
  • Mustard seeds (Sarse dana): 5-6tbsps
  • Green chilies (Kancha lanka): 8-10
  • Turmeric powder (Halud guro): A pinch
  • Mustard oil (Sarser tel)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • make a paste of the coconut, mustard seeds and 5green chilies
  • Take the prawns in a bowl and add the paste to it
  • Now pour a generous amount of mustard oil and salt to taste and mix well
  • Transfer the marinated prawns into an oven proof bowl and allow it to cook in a microwave oven for 20-25 mins at 180′ Celsius
  • Serve hot garnished with slit green chilies and with steamed rice.

Hot Tips- It is very important to take out the vein from the back of the prawns, to know how to de-vein the prawns have a look at this video.

Further Reading – Bhapa chingri, Chingrir Malaikari

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Lau Chingri

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November has set in but there is no trace of the wintery wind. Kolkata is still in the midst of the heat. According to reports it says a cyclone named Phyan has its effect for this warm weather in the mid of November. Though it spared the Western coast of the country, it is having quite a good and warm effect over the Eastern coastline. To beat this heat and also because of my diabetic problems bottle gourd is one of the most enlisted vegetables in our to-buy list. Whenever I visit the market these days I get hold of a lau (Bengali for bottle gourd) or lauki. The previous day I prepared lau-chingri, one of my favorite preparations with this not-so-tasty veggie.

Lau Chingri

Bottle gourd is a very beneficial vegetable. It reduces stomach acidity, indigestion and ulcers. The gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fiber. Fiber helps in preventing constipation and other digestive disorders like flatulence and piles. It also helps in urinary disorders, and overcoming jaundice. Cooked bottle gourd is anti-bilious and prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue. With all these beneficial effects to the digestive system bottle gourd is one of the best choices to beat this November heat.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10min

Cooking time 20min

Ingredients:

Bottle gourd (Lau/ Lauki): 500gms

Prawns (Chingri): 150gms, deveined and de-shelled

Green chili (Kancha Lanka): 3-4, longitudinally slit

Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 2 tablespoon

Nigella (Kalo jeera): 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon

Coriander leaves (Dhane pata): For garnishing (optional)

lau chingri preparation

Preparation:

  • Chop the bottle gourd into 2 inch by half-inch size pieces
  • Wash and put it in a pressure cooker with water, just to cover the bottle gourd
  • Allow two whistles in the pressure cooker before putting off the flame. Drain out the excess water
  • Wash the shrimps well, and drain out the excess water
  • Heat the oil in a wok and fry the shrimps gently till they turn a little hard, take out of flame and keep aside
  • Into the same oil add the nigella seeds and wait till they start popping
  • Throw in the half-boiled bottle gourd, green chili, turmeric powder and the fried prawns
  • Put a lid over the wok and cook till the bottle gourd is cooked properly, stir at times
  • Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves
  • Take out of flame and serve with warm white rice

Lau chingri

Hot Tips – Always try to get the green colored bottle gourd, the whitish skinned bottle gourds are a bitter in taste. Those who don’t like to add prawns to this preparation just leave out the prawns, you can also add some fried boris as garnish.

Further Reading – Bong Mom’s Lau-chingri preparation, Indrani’s Lau-chingri

Nutritional Facts –

Calories 9KJ

Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0%
Total Carbs 2 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g 4%
Protein 0.3 g 1%

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Bhapa Chingri

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Doc: You shouldn’t eat Fish, it’ll cause you acidity.

Bong Patient: No problem S(a)ir, I’ll take an antacid afterwards

–          A joke on a typical Bong’s love for fish

Well, you can’t keep off a Bengali from fish for too long, can you? After the series on Breakfast with Egg, it time to go back to Fish. Chingri Bhaape is on the platter today.

Grinding of the spices to a paste just before preparing the dish is a typical of the Bengali recipes. We prefer the freshly prepared spices more than the preserved dry spice powder. Even while preparing Chingri Bhaape, I used a paste of mustard seeds (aka shorshe, sorshe, sarshe).

Chingri Bhape with steamed rice

Chingri Bhape with steamed rice

Chingri Bhaape is an authentic Bangali recipe, and had been prepared in every household since ages. It is enjoyed best with warm white rice. The pungent taste of mustard paste makes the sarshe chingri bhaapa even more appealing. Hilsa is also used similarly to prepare ilish bhapa.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 5 – 8mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • Tiger Prawns (Chingri Maach): ½ kg, cleaned and deveined
  • Mustard seed (Sarse): 5 tablespoons, ground with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste
  • Turmeric powder (Halud guro): ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil (Sarser tel): 3 tablespoon
  • Green chili (Kacha Lanka):  5 – 6
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • In a heat proof bowl, that has a lid (better to use a steel tiffin box) put all the ingredients together  and mix well
  • Close the lid and put it in a double boiler (bain marie) to cook for 5 minutes, check if the prawns have become tender, else cook for sometime more till the prawns are tender
  • Take it out and serve with warm rice

Hot Tips – Cut the back of the prawn with a knife and take out the dorsal vein completely. It is the main cause of food poisoning due to prawns.

Alternative cooking – Along with the above ingredients mentioned you can also put in two tablespoons of freshly desiccated coconut. You can also cook it in a pressure cooker. Lace the steel box inside a pressure cooker and fill it with one-inch of water and wait till the first whistle.

Bhapa Chingri

Bhapa Chingri

Double boiler-If you don’t own a double boiler, here’s a workaround. Just place the box in a deep pan and fill the pan with water upto a little below the lid of the box.

Further Readings-Shorshe Chingri Bhapa, Chingrir Malaikari

Sending this recipe to Indrani of Appyayan for hosting the first event on her blog, Spotlight: Fish.

Fish-logo

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Chingrir Malaikari

As promised here I am with my “Chingrir malaikari” recipe to mark the 2000+ hits of my blog. Prawns are always a delicacy in all Bengali household and even those who loves fish but are afraid of those bones. I would share one very interesting fact about prawns, though we call it Chingri mach(fish) in Bengali , but actually it is not a fish. According to the characteristics of prawns scientists have grouped it as an arthropode,i.e, it is an insect. You can also use shrimps for this preparation.

Ingredients:

Prawns (Chingri): 1kg, deshelled

Coconut milk(Narkeler dudh): 1 1/2 cup

Whole garam masala: 1tablespoon

Ghee: 2 tablespoons

Curd (Doi): 1/2 cup

Garlic-ginger paste (Aada-rasun bata): 1teaspoon

Turmeric powder(Halud guro): 2 pinches

Chilli powder (Sukhno lankar guro): 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Prologue:

Just a few words before we start with the cooking procedure. Prawns are very delicate, so beware when you are deshelling them. Keep the head of the prawn intact, but wash it carefully. Marinade the prawns after washing with curd and garlic ginger paste for at least an hour.

Whole garam masala consists of green cardamon: 3 /4, cloves: 5, cinnamon: 1” piece


Preparation:

  • Heat the ghee in an wok and add the whole garam masala, sauté for just a minute.
  • Add the marinated prawns to the wok.
  • Sauté the prawns for just a few minutes so that it becomes a bit stiff.
  • Add the coconut milk, chilli powder,ginger-garlic paste, salt and turmeric powder.
  • Cook till the gravy thickens.

Serve with rice and enjoy the delicious but easy to cook chingrir malaikari. Keep looking for more recipes here. Till then happy cooking and happy eating.

Sending this to Sunita’s Think Spice event of the month.

Sending it to SWC-West Bengal hosted by Lakshmi of Cooking Station.

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