Bhapa Chingri (Steamed Prawn)

Bhapa Chingri is very delicious  traditional Bengali recipe. It can be enjoyed with hot white rice. Bhapa chingri is a very easy to make dish. It is made by steaming in Stainless steel box inside boiling water , to boil water we can use Idli cooker or rice cooker. Bhaper chingri (steamed prawn) needed some combination of spices, like Shorshe bata (yellow mustard paste), posto bata (poppy-seed paste) and narkel bata (coconut paste) which are the main ingredient of it . This is my mom's recipe.I'm going to share with you. Simple and easy to cook. [nggallery id=29]

Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 50 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients:
  • Prawns - 10- 15 Medium sized . I used fresh ones, you can use frozen too.
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp or as your taste
  • Yellow Mustard Seeds - 3 tsp
  •  Poppy Seeds - 3 tsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Green chilies - 4 to 5
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Oil - 3 to 4 tsp
Method:
  • Wash prawns pieces properly & gently and keep them aside.
  • Now marinate the Prawns with salt , Turmeric Powder and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Make a smooth paste with Mustard seeds, Poppy seeds,  green chilies, some water & little salt in a mixer grinder or you can use Indian Traditional Sill Batta (It increases the taste too.).
  • Now take a stainless steel box and place the marinated prawns in the container .
  • Mix the prawns with mustard paste,grated coconut and salt according to taste. I have also added just a pinch of sugar which will add a extra flavor to the recipe .
  • Add  the mustard oil on the top of the steel box. Close tightly with a lid.
  • Take a large kadai / idli cooker / rice cooker, add water, put the box into the water & let it be cooked in steam for 30 minutes.
  • After 35-40 minutes it will all most done, open the lid & check the gravy.
  • Easy & tasty BHAPA CHINGRI OR STEAMED PRAWN is ready to serve.
  • Have it only with hot plain rice .