Travel in Mexico to the land of the Maya

Mexico embodies a spicy and fiery passion for la vida, a bit as her chiles, jalapeƱos and tequila. This spirit is found everywhere, in art, music, history and culture, but also in the way Mexicans enjoy a sense of everyday life. Being contaminated by their wonderful way of being and to discover the attractions of the country is an experience not to be missed, one of those that cannot be missed in the list of winners of globetrotters.

It's difficult to decide to book a trip to Mexico and then not be fascinated, with an amazing feeling and a unique experience that is hard to describe. Yes we are talking about the places, the wonderful sunny beaches, the warm friendly people as also of the cultural wealth and the well known historical aura surrounding this land is to be discovered.

We are of course referring to the Maya and the Aztecs, two populations that have really left their mark permanently in our human history. For completeness sake we will say that the first inhabitants of Me…

Bhapa Chingri: Steamed Prawns Recipe

If you go looking for a second fish dish very inviting and delicious but also healthy and nutritious, here you have found the recipe for you. It is the Bhapa Chingri or steamed shrimp. The prawns must be fresh of course. If you can personally go to the port or, if you do not have one nearby, you can go to the fish market or the market early in the morning. Choose redder and beautiful shrimp that you will find and bring home.

Remember that shrimp and fish in general should not under any circumstances have a faint smell of ammonia else it would mean that the freshness is now a distant memory. You will need to prepare a fabulous mustard sauce to accompany this amazing recipe that will become a permanent fixture in your kitchen.

When you cook the steamed shrimp, the main thing to remember is that crustaceans do not take long and should never be overcooked. You can make steamed shrimp on the stove, in a steamer or in the microwave. The Bhapa Chingri or steamed prawns undergo a light cooking that will allow you to do an encore without scruples. The flavored water is a nice touch, the smell of the dish is intense and recalls the atmosphere of the East. It is a simple appetizer but the results are amazing.

Prep Time: 30 mins ♥ Cook Time: 50 mins ♥ Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins ♥ Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition facts per 100 gms: 180 calories, 4.6 grams fat


10 prawns
4 tbsp oil
1 cup coconut
1 small onion
5 tbsp mustard paste
2 green chilies
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 banana leaf
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste

Recipe Method

Wash prawn pieces properly and then immerse it in salt water for about 5 minutes. Take out the prawns from the water and dry them properly.

In a steel bowl, combine oil, onion, grated coconut, sugar, green chillies, red chilli powder, mustard paste, salt, turmeric and sugar, mix well. Cover the bowl and marinate them in the coconut mixture for 10 minutes.

In a large pan half fill it with water and bring to boil. Put the prawn bowl in the pan and steam it covered for about 10 minutes or until the shrimp is translucent. Stir the shrimp once halfway through. Steamed prawns are ready to serve.

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So pretty, the dishes look wonderful against the vibrant colour of that cloth.
Kala said…
Beautiful presentation of this dish. And it sounds delicious.

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