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CKP Coconut Prawns

 Published 2013-Aug-11   Updated 2013-Dec-03

- Submitted by Aniket Daptardar

(Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu [CKP] style coconut prawns with spices)

A traditional recipe of Coconut Prawns from the Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (CKP) community cuisine.

Recipe For CKP Coconut Prawns


  • 250g Cleaned jumbo king prawns
  • 1 Tbsp oil (vegetable or coconut)
  • 1 Large onion, grated (140g)
  • 1 Large clove of Garlic grated
  • 2 Dried Kashmiri chillies, chopped finely (optional)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika/Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp yogurt
  • Scant ¼ tsp cardamom, powdered
  • Scant ¼ tsp cinnamon, powdered
  • Scant ¼ tsp cloves, powdered
  • ½ tsp crushed cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk powder
  • Salt - as required


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan or frying pan. Add grated onion,grated garlic, chopped chillies, paprika or chilli powder and salt. Sauté until onions starts to turn golden.
  2. Add prawns and curd. Mix well, cover and cook for around 8-10 minutes on medium flame until almost cooked.
  3. Add coconut powder along with rest of the spice, stir well and cook for further 3-4 minutes until the gravy is almost dry and smothered in the sauce.


  • The original recipe calls for pounding fresh spices and adding it at the end. If you are patient enough to pound the spices, roast 1 cardamom, 2 whole cloves and a small pieces of cinnamon stick and pound it fine. Add it at the end along with coconut instead of ready made spice powders. Freshly pounded spices give it a fresh aroma than the ready powdered spices.
  • Original recipe also doesn’t call for dried chillies. Adding dried chillies and chilli powder makes it really hot. So add paprika along with the dried red chillies or omit the dried ones as per your taste.

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