How to make Daab Chingri - Prawns flavoured with panch phoron and cooked in a tender coconut shell.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Tender Coconut (हरा नारियल/ टेंडर कोकोनट)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Daab Chingri

The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Daab Chingri Recipe

  • Prawns peeled and deveined 1 cup

  • Tender Coconut

  • Tender coconut 1 small

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Mustard oil 1 tablespoon

  • Panch phoran 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions sliced 2 medium

  • Ginger paste 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Green chillies slit 4-5

  • Coconut scraped 1/4 cup

  • Tender coconut flesh (malai) chopped 1/4 cup

  • Whole wheat flour (atta) dough as required


Step 1

Cut off an inch from the top of the tender coconut, drain the water and scoop out the flesh. Retain the top to act as a lid.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 220°C. Add salt and turmeric powder to the prawns. Mix and set aside. Heat mustard oil to smoking point. Cool slightly and add paanch phoron.

Step 3

When the seeds splutter add onions and sauté. Add ginger and garlic pastes, green chillies and coconut and continue to sauté for two minutes.

Step 4

Add one cup of water and stir. Add prawns and stir. Add coconut flesh and adjust salt. Transfer the mixture into tender coconut shell. Cover with the lid and seal with dough.

Step 5

Place in the preheated oven and cook for about twenty minutes.

Step 6

Open the lid and serve hot.