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Unlock the Secret to Perfect Shrimp Malai Curry: Your Ticket to a Bengali Culinary Journey

Embark on a heartfelt journey through the soulful flavors of Bengali cuisine with our Shrimp Malai Curry recipe. This dish is more than just a meal; it's a warm embrace from our kitchen to yours. Crafted with the utmost love and attention to detail, each bite transports you to a world of comforting bliss, nourishing not just your body but also your spirit. Perfect for sharing with those you cherish, this Shrimp Malai Curry recipe transforms any dinner table into a gathering filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable flavors. So why just eat, when you can feast with your heart? Join us on this gastronomic adventure and fall in love with cooking all over again!


  • 600g shrimp, head on

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp chili powder

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

  • 4 tbsp mustard oil

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds

  • 3 crushed cardamom pods

  • 2-3 small cinnamon sticks

  • 2 dry red chilies, broken into halves

  • 1¼ cups thinly sliced onion

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tsp ginger paste

  • 1 tsp garlic paste

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • ¾ tsp salt (to taste)

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder or paprika

  • 3-4 tbsp water

  • 1¾ cups warm coconut milk

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 5-6 green chilies

  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder


  1. Prepare the Shrimp: Take 600g of shrimp, add ½ tsp each of salt, chili powder, and turmeric powder. Mix well and lightly fry for 1-2 minutes each side. Set aside.

  2. Heat the Oil: In a pan, add 4 tbsp of mustard oil and heat until you see light smoke. Lower the heat.

  3. Spice it Up: Add ½ tsp of cumin seeds, 3 crushed cardamom pods, 2-3 small cinnamon sticks, and 2 broken dry red chilies. Mix well.

  4. Onion Time: Add 1¼ cups of thinly sliced onions and 1 bay leaf. Fry until the onions turn light brown.

  5. Add Aromatics: Add 1 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste. Stir for 30 seconds.

  6. Tomato & Spices: Add the chopped tomatoes, ¾ tsp salt, 1 tsp turmeric, and 1½ tsp of kashmiri red chili powder or paprika. Sauté well.

  7. Cook the Masala: Add 3-4 tbsp of water, cover, and cook for 3 minutes on low heat. Uncover and sauté until oil separates.

  8. Shrimp In: Add the reserved lightly fried shrimps and mix well.

  9. Creamy Goodness: Add 1¾ cups of warm coconut milk and ¼ cup of warm water. Mix well.

  10. Final Cook: Cover and cook on low heat for another 3 minutes.

  11. Garnish: Finish off with 5-6 green chilies and a sprinkle of 1 tsp roasted cumin powder.

Serve and Enjoy!

This Shrimp Malai Curry is perfect with rice, chaaler Rooti or naan. Serve hot and enjoy with friends and family. This dish is next-level yummy and super easy to make!


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