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Suronita Das
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45 minutes
Cook Time
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Bhapa is steamed and steaming is a honored way to cook in Bengal; spice coated, packed, sealed and cooked while you hold your breath, waiting for the first whiff of the exhilarating aroma. This is a quintessential dish, made with a mix of mustard and poppy seed paste, slender hot chili peppers and a generous drizzle of mustard oil.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Dinner Party
  • West Bengal
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. Medium size Chingri/Prawn/Shrimp - 20
  2. White Mustard Seed - 1/2 cup (soak in water for 10 minutes)
  3. Black Mustard Seeds - 5tbsp (soak in water for 10 minutes)
  4. Poppy Seeds - 2 tbsp (soak in water for 10 minutes)
  5. Green Chilies - 7 to 8
  6. Red Chili Powder - 1 tbsp
  7. Mustard Oil - 5 to 6 tbsp
  8. Turmeric Powder - 2 tsp
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. Sugar as per taste
  11. Grated Cococut - 1/2 cup
  12. curd - 1 cup
  13. Kalonji - 1 tsp


  1. Clean the Chingri very well and keep them aside. Now marinade the chingri with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder and set aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Take a small grinder and make a smooth paste of Black Mustard seeds with 2 green chilies, salt,(chilies and salt to remove the bitterness of black mustard seeds) white mustard seeds and Poppy seeds with some water.
  3. Pour this paste in a bowl, add red chili powder, salt, sugar, curd, Turmeric powder and mix well.
  4. Take a pan heat with a little oil, fry the Chingri for 2 - 3 minutes and keep aside. Then, in the same pan pour some more mustard oil and add kalonji.
  5. After a few minutes, add the whole paste mixture. Saute it for a few minutes till the oil oozes out from the masala. Add all the fried chingri and green chilies and mix well.
  6. Close the lid of the pan and cook it on low flame for 15 minutes, give a gentle stir in between and at the last add grated coconut and little more mustard oil.
  7. Close the lid for 10 minutes more. Turn off the heat let the curry stand for 10 - 15 minutes. After 10 minutes open the lid and serve hot with Steamed Rice.

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Sumanta Pramanick
Sumanta Pramanick   Oct-29-2017

Good one!

Deviyani Srivastava
Deviyani Srivastava   Oct-09-2015

Looks so tempting!

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