Chingri malai curry
Alternative namesPrawn malai curry
CourseMain course
Place of originBengal
Region or stateKhulna, Presidency
Associated cuisineBangladesh, India
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsPrawns and coconut milk
VariationsLobster malai curry

Chingri malai curry or malai chingri, also known as prawn malai curry, is a Bengali curry made from tiger (bagda) and king prawns (chingri) and coconut milk and flavoured with spices.[1] The dish is popular throughout Bengal[2][3] and is served during weddings and celebrations, or for guests,[4] and was also very popular among the British in Calcutta.[5] It is a really popular dish from Cox's Bazar.


The main ingredients are prawns and coconut milk, along with ghee or mustard oil, onions, turmeric powder, chopped green chilli, garlic paste, and ginger paste flavoured with spices.[6] To give the curry a bright red or maroon colour, 2 teaspoon of sugar can be added in mustard oil in which the curry has to be prepared.

Lobster malai curry is a variation of this dish.[7]


The hard shells of the prawns are removed and marinated with sesame seeds and posto seeds (which are made into a paste). The prawns are then fried in hot oil along with onion, ginger, garlic, and stirred with turmeric and sugar and salt and coconut milk for a few minutes.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Prawn malai-curry (Bengali)". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Lip-smacking Bengali dishes". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "10 Best Bengali Recipes". NDTV Food.
  4. ^ Singh, Vivek (2015). Spice at Home. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-4729-1091-2.
  5. ^ Roberts, Joe; Sen, Colleen Taylor (1998). "A Carp Wearing Lipstick. The Role of Fish in Bengali Cuisine and Culture". In Walker, Harlan (ed.). Fish: Food from the Waters. Prospect Books. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-907325-89-5. chingri malai kari (prawn and coconut curry, a dish popular among the English in Calcutta ...)
  6. ^ "Chingri Malai Curry". NDTV Food.
  7. ^ "Lobster Malay Curry". NDTV Food.
  8. ^ "Recipe: Chingri Malaikari". Zee News.