DAAB CHINGRI….prawns cooked in a coconut shell


“Daab Chingri” or prawns cooked in a cocoanut shell, is considered unique  and one of the most delectable dish among Indian Bengali dishes. You will be amused to know how this exotic dish is prepared by using only few ingredients. It is cooked inside the coconut shell and served straight out of the coconut shell. It looks as exotic as it tastes.

Traditionally, it is cooked with three ingredients, coconut, mustard paste salt and turmeric. Heard from my Grand ma that green  coconut which was just in the beginning stage of ripening , has a thin layer of coconut.  The shell top was cut opened and  filled with the prawns and mustard, salt and turmeric. The top was sealed with any dough then the body is covered with wet clay which used to guard the coconut from burning in the oven. It was put inside the oven in low heat. The prawn used to cook inside with the coconut  and when the clay showed cracks, it means cooking is done.   

Now days we have Gas ovens, electric ovens which has made our life and cooking much easy. There are innovations in cooking style also. I am sharing 3 types of spices which could be used to make this recipe.

  1. Classic way using, black mustard paste, fresh coconut, green chili, turmeric, salt and mustard oil.
  2. Onion, garlic, coconut scrape, coconut milk, red chili powder, green chili,tomato paste, salt and sugar.
  3. Healthy way using, fresh coconut scrape, mustard paste, salt, sugar and little or no oil.

I have cooked it in classic way adding poppy seed paste and little bit of ghee.to mellow down the strong flavor of black mustard.   

Let me share this amazing recipe of this exotic dish.



  1. Kochi Daab or green coconut having thin layer of coconut
  2. Medium sized Prawns – 300 gms. De shelled and De veined.
  3. Fresh coconut scrape (peel off the brown skin)- ½ cup
  4. Mustard seeds- 2 tblspn
  5. Poppy seed – 1 tblspn
  6. Mustard oil- 2tblspn
  7. Ghee/clarified butter- 1 tblspn
  8. Turmeric powder- 1 tspn
  9. Red chili powder-1 tspn(optional)
  10. Sugar- ½ tspn
  11. Green chili – 7-8
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Wheat flour dough- 1 small ball

Cooking instructions:


Cut open the top  of the coconut in square or in round shape.  Save the cut out piece. It will be used as lid to close the open mouth of the coconut. Pour out the water and save little for using in cooking rest consume.

Now with the help of a long handled spoon  try to scrape  the inner layer of the coconut as much as possible.

Make a fine paste of mustard, poppy seeds, 4 green chilis, 1 tspn turmeric powder, sugar, 1 tspn salt. Use coconut water while grinding these spices. Salt and turmeric will save the mustard from becoming bitter.

Add the scrapped coconut to this paste and grind again to make as smooth as possible.


Take a bowl and add cleaned prawns and the mustard mix paste to it. Add mustard oil, ghee and slitted green chilis.  Mix well.


Spoon this mixture inside the coconut. Tap the coconut in between so that the prawn mix is spread inside evenly with the coconut which has been scraped inside.  You may use a spoon to stir the mix. Fill the coconut till ½” space is left..

Now put back the cut out of coconut and close the mouth.

Make a round disc with the wheat dough little bigger than the mouth of the coconut. Seal the moth with this dough tightly .


Pre heat the oven or the air fryer in 200 degrees .  Bake it in 160 degrees in

Air fryer- 10 mins.  Increase the heat to 200 degrees and cook for another 10 mins. I cooked it in Air fryer.

Oven: Intial in 160 degrees for 20 mins. Then  another 10 mins in 180 degrees.


Indication : 1.     The coconut will change its colour.

                      2.     You may find some oil spilling from the edges of the sealed dough . This                                 means the cooking is done.

Open the seal just before serving. You can keep the whole coconut on a serving tray and serve directly from it.


Enjoy the delicacy with hot steaming rice.


The coconut could be reheated in oven if required.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never seen this way of cooking in coconut. How interesting! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thanks. Yes it is unique

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  2. Carol says:

    Fascinating Reena and let me tell you my parcel arrived today, ghee, amchur powder, asafoetida powder and much more I am so excited …I just thought I would share that with you 🙂

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    1. Wow!!! Congratulations!!!Now you can try out many Asian, Indian dishes which are in your wishlist. looking forward for the share.

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      1. Carol says:

        I know I have found this place in Bangkok so I get next day delivery so no stopping me now we love Indian food and eat it at least once a week so yes I can experiment with a few more recipes 🙂 I always make my own spice powders much nicer 🙂

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      2. That gr8!! Even I make my owns spices at home. Buy the whole one and grind it as per my liking. Much more aromatic and flavourfull and satisfying too. Happy cooking!!

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      3. Carol says:

        I know so much nicer and now I have ghee which I know you can make but butter is so expensive here it is cheaper to buy and I have done my research and bought a good one with no nasties in it… I am going to have fun and sort out some recipes for next week… I am like a kid in a sweet shop 🙂 x

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  3. ha ha. same here. I am diabetic. Keep control but in sweet shop I go mad and cant resist.


  4. Carol, you can make ghee at home from whole milk. I Boil the milk nicely and keep it in fridge overnight. Next morning a layer of fat is formed out the surface of the milk. We call it Malai. I collect this fat daily for 3-4 days and keep it in fridge.The milk become fat free. Then churn the malai in a hand blender. The fat collected is the butter. The liquid is chhach. I cook this fat to make the ghee. Next time I do this I shall share the process.


  5. Snuffy says:

    This looks fun to make and eat, Reena! What did you use to cut the coconut? Just a sharp knife?

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    1. Yes. A sharp knife. The vendor helps for chop off the head peel the hard top. The surface becomes soft. Then the required cut could be done at home with a sharp knife.

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