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Make Kumro Patay Chingri Mach Bhape (steamed prawns in pumpkin leaf) the traditional way

Kumro Patay Chingri Mach Bhape, cooked in the traditional way, is a rare delicacy now. Here's how you can do justice to this Bengali dish by incorporating pumpkin leaves in the recipe.

Written by Indrani Dhar | New Delhi | Published: January 19, 2016 5:07:54 pm
Kumro Patay Chingri Mach Bhape, Kumro Patay, prawns, pumpkin leaves, pumpkin, bengali dish, recipe, traditional cooking, mustard seeds, coconut, turmeric, poppy seeds Prawns steamed inside pumpkin leaves is a Bengali delicacy rarely cooked the traditional way any more.

Kumro Patay Chingri Mach Bhape

This is a traditional Bengali delicacy, which is rarely cooked nowadays. For this recipe, you need fresh pumpkin leaves.

A simpler version of the dish can be cooked in a steamer without the leaves, but the addition of green pumpkin leaves with prawns marinated with mustard and coconut is the traditional recipe.


Big or medium sized prawn — 10-12 pieces
Pumpkin leaves — 2 big or 3-4 small ones (should be soft)
Freshly grated coconut — 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds — 2 tbsp
Poppy seed — 1 tbsp
Green Chilli — 2-3 (according to your taste)
Salt — To taste
Sugar — 1 tsp
Turmeric — 1 tsp
Mustard Oil — 3 tbsp


* Clean and wash the prawns. Sprinkle some turmeric and salt, then keep aside.

* Wash the leaves and dip them in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Remove and keep aside. Take care not to tear them.

* Soak mustard seeds in water for 10 minutes. Blend together mustard seeds, poppy seeds, green chillies and grated coconut, and make a coarse paste. Add prawns in it, drizzle mustard oil in the paste and add salt and sugar. Now mix everything together well.

* Now take a bowl which can fit in your pressure cooker, drizzle a little mustard oil all over the bowl. Now spread pumpkin leaves and marinated prawns in it. Fold from all sides and cover with another leaf.

* Place the bowl inside the pressure cooker. Fill half the bowl with water. When the water starts to boil, close the cooker lid without the whistle. Steam for 12-15 minutes.

* Serve the steamed prawns with pumpkin leaves with hot steamed rice.


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