Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga) Recipe -
Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga) Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga)

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"This dish is not too spicy, and is very easy to make. It is best served over basmati rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together tomato paste, salt, sugar, garam masala, ground cumin seed, ground red pepper, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lemon juice, and coconut milk. Set coconut sauce aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, and cook until they begin to pop. Immediately stir in garlic, and cook until garlic begins to brown. Add shrimp, and cook until shrimp is opaque; this should take only a minute or two. Pour the coconut sauce over the shrimp; cook until the sauce begins to simmer. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water; stir into the sauce, and continue cooking until thick.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2005

Fabulous dish! I have found a few recipes that I consider restaurant quality, and this is definitely one of them. I added a bag of frozen scallops with the juices and still had lots of sauce...enough to add a veggie next time. I used regular mustard seeds and they tasted wonderful. The spices blend nicely, yet you can taste them individually at times too. This deserves more than 5 stars!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 10, 2008

I made this with chicken instead of prawns. Started by browning the chicken then removing from pan. I then added the dry spices to hot oil & cooked for a few minutes, then added an onion along with the garlic & chili, then added the chicken back in & the coconut milk. I let it cook for an hour as I wanted the chicken to be tender. The flavour got stronger the longer it cooked. Just before serving I added the fresh corriander & lemon juice. It was nice but not wonderful.

Feb 04, 2008

I initially made this as written, and I have to agree with the other reviewers who said it was lacking flavor. However, with a few tweaks, this was one of the best Indian dishes I have made in a long long time. You just have to play around with the spices until it's how you like it (obviously). Thanks!

Oct 04, 2005

This recipe was fantastic. My picky eater husband licked his plate clean. This is definitely a keeper. I too omitted the mustard seeds, I didn't have them. Not sure why others found the recipe bland. With all the spices it was very flavorful.

Mar 07, 2007

Nice recipe, could use a wee bit of heat though (and I am not a fan of spicy foods!) I didn't have black mustard seeds on hand so I used yellow mustard seeds. Be aware that when you put the seeds in, it only takes 5-10 seconds for them to start popping. I had the skillet lid handy and took it off the heat and covered it for about 30 seconds until they finished... otherwise they fly all over your kitchen. I also added bay scallops and thought they tasted even better than the shrimp did. Definitely worth making again!

Feb 07, 2005

Have made this a few times and it is awesome. I did make one minor change just to add a bit more flavor and that was to add about 1-2 tbsp of a hot red curry paste that I had on hand, and I am not much of a cilantro fan so I only added it to taste.

Jan 31, 2005

This dish was very good. When I make it again I might add a few more spices though. I also recomend doubling the sauce. A few more shrimp might help as well. My husband and even our dinner guest really enjoyed it. It was TERRIFIC as lefovers. I would give it a try for sure. Be creative!

Jun 23, 2005

I was extremely pleased with the ease of preparation and the taste. Excellent! I expected the recipe to be a bit on the spicy side, but it wasn't - even my 4 year old ate her share!


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  • Calories
  • 338 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 216 mg
  • 72%
  • Fat
  • 23.9 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 582 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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