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


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ¼ pounds medium shrimp - peeled and deveined

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
24g Fat
7g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 411mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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