Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium raw shrimp, clean and deveined (tails on or off)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dhaniya powder (coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon jeera powder (cumin)
  • Red chili powder to taste
  • 3 tablespoons kastoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cream (optional)
  • Salt to taste
How to cook Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry:
  • In a small wok or frying pan, heat the olive oil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of kastoori methi and shrimp. Cook until they turn translucent and are almost cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a cooking pot, heat butter add the minced garlic and saute for five minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree and tomato paste. Stir well.
  • Add dhaniya powder, jeera powder, red chili powder to taste, and 2 tablespoons of the kastoori methi. Cover and cook well for about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Add coconut milk and mix well.
  • Allow this to come to a boil and the semi cooked shrimp to the curry.
  • Mix well and allow the pot to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste, chopped cilantro and remove from the fire.
  • You may top with off with a dollop of fresh cream.
  • Serve the Bengali Spicy Fish Curry hot with white basmati rice.
  • Enjoy!
Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe
Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe
Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe
Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe
Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe


The Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry is a great recipe for a mild shrimp curry dish that has a wonderful creamy texture. The mild spices and coconut milk makes this dish taste like a crossover between something that could be Indian of Southeast Asian.

This recipe for Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry serves/makes: 4 servings

The Bengali Shrimp Malai Curry recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Shrimp (more Shrimp recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Indian (more Indian recipes)

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