Jhinga Makhani or Shrimp or Prawn Makhani

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Nov. 14, 2013

This is a delicious gravy that you can make in a pressure cooker! Ingredients like onions, whole spices, red and green chilies, cashew nuts and tomatoes are pressure cooked and then ground to form the base of this mouth watering gravy. Inspired by the Vahchef, this can be prepared ahead of time and served with shrimp or even fish.


Salted butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Bay leaves 2 Medium
Cinnamon sticks 1 Inch
Cloves 10 Medium
Cardamom 3 Medium
Red onions 2 Medium , sliced
Dried red chillies 15 Medium , deseeded (Kashmiri Chillies)
Green chillies 3 Medium , chopped
Raw cashew nuts 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger paste 1 Tablespoon
Garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
Tomatoes 4 Medium , roughly chopped
Salt To Taste
Tiger shrimp 1 Pound , peeled, deveined
Sugar 1 Teaspoon
Dried fenugreek leaves 1 Teaspoon (Kasuri Methi)
Cream 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (as desired)



1. In a pressure cooker melt butter on medium heat. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and sauté, then add the onion and continue to sauté.

2. Put the red chilies, green chilies, raw cashews, ginger and garlic paste and tomatoes one after the other. Season with salt and continue to sauté till soft. Close the lid and cook for up to 2 whistles or for around 15 minutes.

3. Transfer into a blender and blend to a smooth paste. Strain it into a pan, add little water if required.

4. Place the pan on medium heat and bring it to a boil. Add the shrimp, stir, cover with a lid and continue to cook for another 12 minutes or till the shrimp is done.

5. Season with sugar and dried fenugreek leaves, stir and pour the cream. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes and turn off the heat.


6. In a serving plate, garnish the shrimp makhni with fenugreek leaves and serve with rice or roti.


The blended paste can be stored in the freezer for later use.

Fish of choice can also be used instead of shrimp.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 665Calories from Fat 327

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 38 g58.5%

Saturated Fat 18 g90%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 711 mg29.63%

Total Carbohydrates 54 g18%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 25 g

Protein 32 g64%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet