Prawn Malai Curry

Prawn Malai Curry is very popular authentic bengali dish. Prawn is cooked in thick creamy curry. Best served with rice or pulao.

  • Large prawns: 500 gm
  • Onion paste:4 tbsp
  • Garlic: 3-4 cloves coarsely chopped
  • Ginger paste : 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies: 4 slit
  • Green Chilli paste: 1tbsp
  • Coconut Milk: 1 cup
  • TejPata or Bay Leaves: 2
  • Elaichi or Cardamom: 5
  • Laung or Cloves: 5
  • Cinnamon sticks: 4 small sticks
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste.
  • Little Sugar
  • Mustard oil


  • Mix the prawns with turmeric and salt. Keep aside for about 15 mins.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry the prawns until they are lightly brown. Take them out on a paper towel.
  • In the same oil, add the chopped garlic. When the fragrance of the garlic rises, remove the garlic from the oil because we need garlic flavor in the gravy.
  • Add  Bay Leaves and coarsely ground  cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in the same oil.
  • When the whole garam masala crackles, add the onion paste.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder. Fry the onion until the oil separates from the paste.
  • Add the ginger and green chili paste. Cook the masala.
  • Add the coconut milk. stir well. Cook it for 2 mins.
  • When you see the gravy slightly bubbling add the fried prawns.
  • Cook on low flame until the gravy thickens and acquires a creamy consistency.
  • Add the green chilies and mustard oil.
  • Ready to serve.
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