Sunday, October 20, 2013

Chingri Maacher Chorchori ( Spicy Prawns)

Let me start by wishing all my readers Shubho Bijoya. I am sure each one of you had a splendid Durga Puja / Navratri celebrations. As for me I had a beautiful time with folks at home. There was a lot of bonding, adda and of course a lot of great food. The four days of Puja we eat vegetarian food but on Doshomi - the last day after bidding farewell to the goddess we simply binge on everykind of non - veg dishes. There is an array of fishes that is being cooked with prawns being one of them. This year I decided to cook a spicy prawn curry that would go well with rice and ended up making a chorchori. A chorchori in simple words would be a mish mash of spices.usually a mish mash of veggies..but there are many non- veg variants as well. Its very easy to make and is a bit spicy in nature. Here's my Chingri Maacher Chorchori recipe.


Prawns (medium sized) - 500 gms - washed and deveined

Onions - 2 medium - finely sliced

Tomato - 1 medium - quartered

Potato - 2 medium - cut into cubes and lightly fried

Ginger paste - 1 tsp

Garlic paste - 1 tsp

Red chilli powder - 2 tsp - use more if you like the heat

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp + 1 tsp

Salt - to taste

Sugar - 1 pinch

Bay leaves - 2 nos

Coriander leaves - a handful - finely chopped

Green chillies - 3-4

Mustard oil - 2tbsp + 2 tbsp


Wash , clean and devein the prawns. Marinate with 1 tsp turmeric and some salt and keep aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan add 2 tbsp oil and saute the marinated prawns for 5-7 mins till they turn opaque in colour. Don't fry for too long or else they get overcooked. Drain the prawns and keep aside.

In another pan add 2 tbsp mustard oil. Once the oil heats up add the bay leaves. Add the sliced onions and the ginger garlic paste. Fry till the mixture gets a golden brown colour.
Now add the tomatoes , turmeric powder, red chilli powder , salt and sugar. Fry this mixture for 7-10 mins.Also add the fried potato cubes at this stage. Add a cup of water and let the gravy simmer for another 5 mins.

Lastly tip in the prawns and give it a good mix. Add the chopped coriander and the green chillies and serve hot with rice.