Shorshe Bhapa Chingri
Shorshe bhapa chingri is a Bengali classic dish made with mustard paste. It is an extremely quick and easy dish to make and can become the highlight of any meal. It is one of those dishes that can be prepared under 30 minutes. Recipe Author: Madhushree
Servings Prep Time
4people 20minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4people 20minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. You need defrosted, thawed prawns for these. See notes on how to thaw frozen prawns. In case you have not kept for thawing the night before, just place the frozen prawns in a bowl of water and keep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. At the same time, soak mustard seeds and poppy seeds in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. After that, in a grinder, make a paste of mustard seeds, poppy seeds and 2 green chillies. Discard the water and instead, use 1 1/2 tbsp of mustard oil and milk. The grinding of this paste is essential to the cooking. The more you grind, the greater the punch you get from the sauce.
  4. You might need more than 1/2 a cup of milk. That completely depends on the size of the mustard seeds but what we look for is a thick paste that is also easy to stir and coat the prawns.
  5. Once the paste is done, take it out in a bowl. Add grated coconut, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and mix well.
  6. Drain the water from the prawns and add the prawns to this paste. Give it a good mix and transfer the entire thing to a tiffin box.
  7. Drizzle a couple of tbsp of mustard oil. You are free to add less or more of mustard oil. That is your choice. Add a few split green chillies.
  8. Cover the tiffin box and place in a pressure cooker with an inch deep water and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
  9. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or one whistle. When the steam has released, open the lid and carefully take the tiffin box out.
  10. Shorshe bhapa chingri is ready to eat. Serve with steamed rice and enjoy your meal.
Recipe Notes

Notes on thawing/de frosting:

  1. First keep the packet of frozen prawns in the refrigerator (not the freezer) the night before cooking. When it is time to cook, the frozen prawns would have defrosted. Empty the packet of defrosted prawns in a bowl and bring it to room temperature. Drain off any excess water and the frozen prawns are ready to cook.
  2. If you do not have your cooking planned, just take the prawns out and keep them in a bowl of water at room temperature. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the frozen prawns to de frost. Drain out the water and start the cooking process.