Monday, September 22, 2008

Chingri Mach Bhape(steamed Shrimp in mustard sauce)

Chingri mach bhape or steamed Shrimp in mustard sauce is one of the delicacies of Bengali cuisine. It is very easy to make and at the same time it's a mouth-watering dish. It has strong and sharp flavor of mustard. Mustard and green chillies together make this dish taste like heaven. Relish it with hot plain white rice.
This recipe is a part of my upcoming series, PUJOR DINER KHABAR ( food during festival), which will come shortly.

Ingredients :

large sized chingri (shrimp) : 10-12
Musrard seed : 2 tbsp.
Poppy seeds : 1 tbsp.
Green chillies : 1-2(according to taste)
Mustard oil : 2 tbsp.
Shredded coconut : 1/4 cup
Curd or yoghurt : 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :
  • Wash the prawns, take out the shells and devein them. Then wash properly. Apply little turmeric powder and salt and keep aside for at least 1/2 and hour.
  • Traditionally, this dish is made without frying the fish but if you want you can fry a little.
  • Make a smooth paste with mustard seeds, poppy seed, green chillies, salt and little water. Now in a container, mix together mustard-poppy seed paste, curd and a little salt. Sprinkle coconut over it, place 2-3 slit green chillies and drizzle 1 tbsp. mustard oil.
After prepering, it may look like this....................

  • Now you can steam or you can place the container in a pressure cooker. If you're using a pressure cooker, pour water at the bottom of the cooker and place the container. After 1-2 whistle, take it out.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with white rice.


Note : When you're making paste in small quantity, wet grinder is not a good option. I use my coffee grinder. Whenever you make mustard paste, always add little vinegar and a pinch of salt. Otherwise, paste tastes bitter.

I'm sending this recipe to SWC who are celebrating cuisine of West Bengal this month.

5 comments:

Srivalli said...

such a delicious looking dish..though I don't cook shrimp much..I can replace with other things right?

Indrani said...

Hi Srivalli,
Thanks for visiting me...you can replace it with Hilsa fish or any sweet water fish like Rohu..it will test good

LG said...

I did not know we have a loveley blogger from Bengal in Singapore. Thanks for participating dear. I will add you to our blog list at
http://singindifoodies.blogspot.com to receive your updates.

Indrani said...

I also came to know about SWC very recently...thanks for adding me...keep visiting me...I got ur mail..will reply soon

Priti said...

That's a wonderful recipe...gud one

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