Prawns Biryani

This is a delicious prawn biryani with a flavorful combination of basmati rice , fried prawns, spices and herbs. The prawn biryani is made by first frying the prawns and then putting it into a thick gravy made of onions, tomatoes and other spices and herbs. It is then assembled with basmati rice and kept in dum . Fresh veggie salad is enough to complement this biryani. Alternatively, it can be served with Mirchi ka salan  too !

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Preparation time : 15minutes

Cooking time : 40 hour

Ingredients :

  1. Basmati Rice – 3 cups
  2. Prawns – 1 kg
  3. red chilly powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  4. turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  5. Onion – 6 medium(chopped)+2 (sliced)
  6. Tomato – 3(chopped)
  7. lime juice – 1 tablespoon
  8. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  9. Green masala paste (Click here to know how to make it) – 2 tablespoon (or according to your spice requirement) [ I have also mentioned below the quantity of ingredients for green masala paste required for this recipe ]
  10. Coriander leaves – 1 handful
  11. Mint leaves – to garnish
  12. saffron- as required to sprinkle
  13. cashew and raisins – to garnish
  14. whole garam masala
  15. ghee, oil
  16. salt

Method :

Pre preparations:-

  • Wash and soak the rice for at least 30 minutes. Soak a few strands of saffron in 1/4 cup of water.
  • Clean the prawns well. Marinate it with chilly powder , turmeric powder and salt.
  • In a deep sauce pan , heat 2 tablespoon ghee and 5-6 tablespoon of oil . Deep fry sliced onion until golden brown (birista) Keep it aside.
  • In the same oil+ghee , fry cashew nuts and raisins. Keep it aside.

To prepare prawns masala :-

  • Heat enough oil in a kadai. Deep fry prawns . Keep it aside.
  • In the same pan , pour 2-3 tablespoon oil. Saute chopped onions. when it turns golden, add ginger-garlic paste. Saute well. Add tomatoes and saute until it is well cooked
  • Add the green masala paste .Give it a good mix.saute till raw smell disappears .
  • Add the fried prawns and salt. Combine very well. Add lime juice,  2-3 tablespoon of chopped coriander and mint leaves. Cover and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes.

To prepare rice :-

  • Mean while, heat enough water in a pot. Add whole garam masala (cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, cardomom) .
  • When the water starts to boil, add rice and salt. (you may also add lemon, it prevents the rice grains from sticking to each other). Cook for 4-5 minutes. (rice should not be over cooked). Remove from flame and drain the excess water.

Rice and prawn masala is ready. Now we have to set/layer it.

  • Take a deep saucepan. Put 1/4th of the cooked rice at the bottom of the sauce pan. sprinkle little fried onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves and saffron water.
  • Put the prawn masala as the second layer.
  • Put the remaining rice. sprinkle the fried onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves and saffron water.
  • Make 5-6 holes throughout using a spoon. Pour a teaspoon of ghee in each hole.
  • Cover it tightly with a lid. Keep in low flame (dum) for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix it well and serve hot .

Note :

Green masala ingredient quantity for 1 kg prawn –

  1. green chillies – 6
  2. ginger – 1/4 inch piece
  3. garlic – 3/4 pod
  4. coriander  – 3/4 tablespoon
  5. fennel seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  6. jeera – 1/4 teaspoon
  7. cinnamon – 1 small piece
  8. cloves – 1
  9. cardomom – 1
  10. peppercorns – 3
  11. turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  12. coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoon

roast all the dry ingredients in slow flame slightly. Then grind everything together.


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