Chingri Malaikari/Spicy Shrimp in Creamy Coconut gravy

Every time I travel back to home, I create a list of my favorite foods that I would request Mom to cook. This dish is always on top of my list. The perfect balance of heat and sweet makes this dish as one of my favorite shrimp dish. It’s very commonly prepared in most Bengali families and I can eat a complete meal with just this curry and plain white rice.


I have never tried making this dish at home and somehow, I had started to forget about it, until I visited Soma’s blog: eCurry. Among the huge variety of flavorful dishes, I saw Chingri Maacher Malaikari (Jumbo Shrimps in Cream of Coconut) and I immediately knew that I had to make this dish and share it with you guys. Chingri means Shrimp, Maach means fish and Malaikari means creamy gravy.

Yesterday,I bought all the required ingredients and got all ready to make one of my favorite dish. As usual I called my mom to tell her what I was cooking and also asked for her version of the recipe. My Mom is an amazing cook but she can hardly explain a recipe. She will always explain me the recipe in a nutshell and she doesn’t go by measurements. Somehow, her hand knows how much spice to add, and I think that’s the case with most of our Moms 🙂 Even I don’t believe in measurement to that extent, but when it comes to cooking a dish for the first time, I need some reference.


This recipe is a combination of my mom’s recipe and Soma’s recipe 🙂


Chingri Malaikari/Spicy Shrimp in Creamy Coconut gravy

Serving Size: 2 as main course

Chingri Malaikari/Spicy Shrimp in Creamy Coconut gravy


  • 1/2 pound white headless shrimp
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  • Clean the shrimp properly and marinade it with salt, pepper and turmeric powder. Let it marinate for 15 to 20 mins.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tbs oil and fry the shrimps. It should take about 2 minutes on each side. Once they are curled up, you know it's cooked. Keep the shrimp aside.
  • In the same pan, add 1 tbs unsalted butter. Add ginger, garlic and chopped red chillies and saute them.
  • Add the onions, salt and pepper and cook in low heat till the onions are golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, cumin powder and keep cooking for another 5 minutes, till everything is cooked.
  • Pour the coconut milk, chili powder, salt(if required) and mix properly.
  • Add the sauteed Shrimp and cook till the gravy becomes creamy and the gravy coats the spoon.
  • Serve it hot with plain white rice.



We absolutely enjoyed it 🙂 But, did it taste like my mom’s dish? NO WAY!!

Sharing this recipe with Hearth and Soul Hop and Let’s Do Brunch

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Vimitha says:

The gravy looks rich and creamy… Would be perfect with rotis or chapathis…

Suku says:

looks super yummy….(this from a vegetarian
, no less)…great going girl!!!

Manu says:

Mmmmm… lovely dish! I love all coconut based curries! And the pictures are perfect! I love the white bowls on the red dishes! Very classy presentation! I have the same “problem” with my mom… no measurements!!!! It is so funny when I ask her for a recipe… but then again, when you make something for many years, you don’t really need to weigh/measure anything. As we say in Italian you go “ad occhio” (literally “by the eye”)! hehehehe

Priya says:

Omg, mouthwatering here..wat an inviting and irresistible chingri malaikari..Regarding ur q’n about pudding,Yep dear if u want to make thin coconut milk,do add water its enough, no need to add milk…Hope i cleared ur doubt..

Nishi says:

As usual, very well presented and photographed. Loved the 2nd and 5th photographs 🙂

Love the name ..must try this, looks divine..thanks for sharing!

Nandini says:

Wow! It’s very rich and creamy! Must try it!

mouthwatering! how would this taste with chicken instead? i will have to try and let you know! : j

Soma says:

can’t believe u posted this so quick!

well that is why mom’s recipes taste the best.. they don’t measure, they don’t count (well they don’t have to blog:) ), but they just know it!
Really like your version too.i have never used onion or garlic in a malaikari.

Dewi says:

Oh I love it! Give me curry everyday, I’d be the happiest person on earth. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

Ryan says:

I’m enjoying perusing your beautiful blog! Its amazing how Moms always now how to cook by hand. Your curry looks fabulous– I love shrimp curry dishes and it looks like a favorite dish at a restaurant I used to love when I lived in Washington, D.C. It made me hungry! Great job!

The last picture is absolutely mouthwatering!

Oh my!! lovely lovely!! I love the pictures on your blog.. I love your blog actually!! Looks amazing.. the recipes sound simple & easy.. and yummmmm!! I’m following u now.. and will be here often for a tip or two.. I have so much to learn from you guys… You rock!! 🙂

sukanya says:

Hey kankana, chingri malai curry looks perfect and absolutely fantastic. The click which has two chingri’s on rice is just amazing and so temtping. and same with me too, ma ke jigesh korle bole just do this nd dat no measurements. 🙂
I posted this recipe a year ago, have a look, trackbacking it

Loved the colour and the creamy sauce of your chingri malai. Looks so inviting.

Awesome creation…picture makes me crave for it, right now…gonna try this recipe for sure, thanks for sharing, dear.

nisha says:

that looks so so creamy..i mean i cant really say no to anything with coconut milk 🙂

Deepa says:

Malai kari looks simply mouth watering. Gravy is looking simply delicious and lavish.

Hamaree Rasoi

Marelie says:

Oh I love it… it made me so hungry! Now I have to grab something and eat..wishing Im having this one.

Shrimp and coconut are my favorite so this is another recipe of yours that I bookmarked!
Lovely presentation as always!

Anu says:

Malaikari looks tempting..Please visit my blog for some awards.
Bhalo Khabo

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome dish…look so good and delicious, and photo are just stunning!!!

I’m such a chili wimp, but this dish sounds so aromatic and tasty!

We’ve been so busy it’ s been hard to keep up with our favorite bloggers, so imagine our delight at seeing and craving this absolutely wonderful looking recipe tempting us. It just begs to be devoured. Can’t wait to try this. BTW busy as we’ve been I made Adam your poori recipe… big hit, thanks!

flavourful delicious looking shrimp with the gravy

Vicky says:

sounds delicious! I must try to make this soon!

These look amazing! And the flavours and spices in your shrimp in creamy coconut gravy sound just wonderful. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with Let’s Do Brunch. Hope you will come along and join in again this week – the linky is up now!

Carrie says:

This truly looks like a wonderful dish. I love the color! I’m going to try it out the next time I make shrimp.

Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe with the Hearth and Soul blog hop as well, and for co-hosting!

baobabs says:

YUM!!! looks delish, would love this for dinner!

G says:

I made this recently and it was absolutely wonderful – thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your recipes 🙂 I highly recommend this dish!