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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chingri Bhape -Steamed Prawns in Mustard Sauce (Pressure Cooker Method)


Bhapa chingri is the ultimate delicacy which doesn't need any special reason to happen. Just on a lazy afternoon when I don't feel like making anything elaborate for myself I keep looking for some prawns in my fridge. Don't frown upon seeing the red chillies and mustard oil quantity as it is supposed to be hot and delicious. 

The delicate prawns are steamed in a way that it soaks up the juices of mustard, poppy seeds but still retains it's softness.  The beauty of this dish is that it tastes absolutely sublime keeping the nutritional values intact. I do not want to run into paragraphs complimenting this dish and leave it to you, my blogger friends and readers to try it out yourself. I guarantee that you would relish this dish and remember it for a long time. 

Ingredients:
500 gms Prawns (medium sized) cleaned
Pinch of turmeric 
Salt to taste
5-6 Green chillies, slit

For the paste: (Ground to Paste)
3 tbsp Yellow mustard seeds (dip in warm water for 20 minutes alongwith 1/2 tsp Vinegar and pinch of salt) My Mom does this to tone down the bitterness of mustard seeds.)
1 tbsp Poppy seeds (dipped in a small glass for 10 minutes)
2 tbsp grated Coconut
3-4 small green chillies which are real HOT 
Salt to taste

1 1/2 tbsp Hung curd * BongMom's Sandeepa once shared this great tip to add curd in this recipe for the extra thick gravy. I now add it sometimes...Thank you dear
4 tbsp Mustard oil

Method:
Marinate the prawns with salt and little turmeric for 10-15 minutes. Keep aside.
To make the Sorshe Bata: you need to grind mustard seeds, poppy seeds, chillies, grated coconut and salt till you get a smooth paste. Sprinkle little water in between if you feel the paste is too thick. But ideally the paste should not have much water in it. We have Sheel Nora -grinding stone a very traditional way to make these kind of smooth paste in our Bengali Rannaghor. 

Smear this paste over prawns, add oil, curd and let it set for 20 minutes. Place it in a tiffin box, add some more green chillies for that extra zing and you may add some more mustard oil on top and close the lid of the tiffin box tight. 

Now take little water in a pressure cooker and use a separator, place the tiffin box inside the pressure cooker and close the lid of the cooker by removing the weight. Now on low heat for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Wear a gloves to take out the hot tiffin box from the cooker and serve it with plain rice for the pure bliss !!!
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30 comments:

  1. Wow. It looks quite tasty. Nice dish.

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  2. Loved the recipe..can't wait to try it out !

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  3. Nice recipe and it looks yum ...love your props

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  4. wowo looks super yumm, never cooked anything like this in the pressure cooker.

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  5. Guys I can vouch for this recipe ....... it was simply out of the world.The amalgamation of the spices were just perfect and the prawns so succulent.
    Yah I was lucky enough to taste what Deepa made. Lovely clicks too .....

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  6. Wow prawns in pressure cooker. Looks super good. Cute props !!

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  7. looks mouthwatering...just delicious!gorgeous clicks...

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  8. ki bhalo dekhte hoeche Deepa. ar ki easy recipe. doi diini kakhono ekbar try kore dekhbo to.

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  9. This looks delicious! I love spicy dish!

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  10. delicious one.. would love to try it..

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  11. Awesome clicks..Mustard sauce prawns are very tempting & delicious dear:)
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  12. wow..tasty n yummy..n lovely presentation too!

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  13. This is very new to me and it looks absolutely fabulous..:))
    Reva

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  14. wow.. what a different take on prawns. Looks delicious!

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  15. Omg, i dont have words to say,wish i get that irresistible dish rite now.

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  16. wow... prawns look really delicious... mustard sauce would have added an all new flavour and taste to the dish... bookmarked..

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  17. The prawns look very delicious. Love that unique recipe .... Bookmarking this!

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  18. First time i had the dish with mustard oil and seeds...it was good and yumm. liked the props used in this post.

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  19. The dish looks so yum!! And great presetation Deepa :)

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  20. Nice authentic recipe.. will try this flavorful curry soon

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  21. Prawan curry with mustard sauce looks delicious Deepa.

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  22. Thank you for your kind comments, nice blog

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  23. Amazing clicks,lovely dish..
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  24. wow i can smell it from here...love prawns.masala sounds exotic

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  25. yummy prawn masala.....and the presentation is fabulous deepa

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  26. I tried to follow your recipe but it was slightly harder than I thought. Made it...but probably didn't turn out as good as what you would have made. Thanks for sharing your recipes though! On a last note, I like how your presented the meal at the last picture.

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