Chingri Maacher Kalia Recipe

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  1. Remove the shell. Devein and clean the shrimps. Rub two teaspoons turmeric powder to the shrimps and keep for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat ghee in a thick-bottom pan. Add the cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaf, in no particular order. Let them sauté for a minute, add a pinch of sugar and let it caramelize. Now add the chopped onions.
  3. The caramelized sugar adds a whole lot of color to the onions and the whole spices give it a fragrant and sweet flavor.
  4. Once the onions are nice and golden brown, add the ginger, garlic and green chili paste. (I grind my chilies and garlic together.)
  5. Mix everything well and cook on low heat.
  6. Now add the red chili and turmeric powders. Continuing to slow cook is a good idea.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes and salt and sugar. Let the salt do its action, getting all the moisture from the tomatoes oozing out. Keep stirring.
  8. In another pan, fry the diced potatoes in some ghee. I let the potatoes turn golden brown for the Kalia. It should take about 1-2 minutes for the potatoes to be ready.
  9. Once you remove the potatoes, add the turmeric-rubbed shrimps to the remaining ghee.
  10. Another couple of minutes on each side of the shrimps and they will be ready to add to our Kalia gravy.
  11. Meanwhile, I deglazed the pan I had sautéed the potatoes and shrimps in by adding half a cup of water and let it boil for a couple of minutes, scraping off all the flavors from the pan.
  12. Now coming back to the gravy we were making for the Kalia, the tomatoes by now would have become mushy and released all their juices. Add to the tomato mixture, the hot water from we got from deglazing the pan.
  13. Drop the cubes of potato in and cook till they are done.
  14. Add the chopped coriander and a pinch of garam masala. Give it a good mix.
  15. Gently release the shrimps to the Kalia gravy.
  16. Cook the shrimps in the gravy for about 5-7 minutes. Smear some ghee as a last garnish.
  17. Remove from heat and serve hot with plain Basmati rice.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 134g
Recipe makes 3 servings
Calories 221  
Calories from Fat 142 64%
Total Fat 15.88g 20%
Saturated Fat 9.41g 38%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Potassium 424mg 12%
Total Carbs 17.36g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 11%
Sugars 4.1g 3%
Protein 4.74g 8%
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