Prawn Biryani

August 12, 2008

The flavor of mint sprigs and coconut milk is highly echoed in this prawn biryani recipe - what a delectable combination ..

So much is happening in this part of the world at the moment. I am sure you guessed it right where I am pointing towards. The whole city where I am residing is bustling with the fever of sports. The smell of air is filled with jubilation and celebrations cheering 10000 athletes all over the world. Away from the main venue I still feel the joy and rejuvenating spirits of the Olympians,it is hard to escape without waving the flag of one world one dream.
It is great to sneak a peek at the participants wearing their badges proudly representing their country .The weekend was special celebrating the opening of the mega event and was worth wiping every sweat that has been put into this mammoth task.
 With a spectacular showcase of the opening ceremony, Beijing opened its arm to welcome the viewers from every nook and corner of the world. It was thrilling and exciting to soak in the happiness of the host country where we currently reside.
As we know celebration go hand in hand with gastronomical desires, so I decided to cook an easy one pot dish and stay glued to television to watch the amazing opening ceremony.
Here is a version of the prawn biryani adapted from my Chicken dum biryani.

The flavor of mint sprigs and coconut milk is highly echoed in this prawn biryani recipe - what a delectable combination ..

 The flavor of mint sprigs and coconut milk is highly echoed in this recipe. Coconut milk with shrimp is a delectable combination.

This article was published in http://www.reuters.com


Prawn Biryani
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 500g prawns shelled
  • 1 to 2 potatoes cubed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger mince
  • 1 tsp garlic mince
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds ( Khus Khus / posto)
  • 4 to 5 cashew nuts
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2tablespoon garam masala
  • 4 to 5 cardamom pods
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black pepper
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • Coconut milk ½ cup
  1. Cook the basmati rice taking care not be sticky. Grind khus khus, cashew nuts, corainder leaves, mint leaves and green chiles into a paste and keep it aside.
  2. Meanwhile heat a heavy bottom pan and add the whole cardamoms, cloves,cinnamon,pepper and bay leaves. When they start to splutter add the chopped onions.Sauté them and add minced ginger and garlic.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and cook them on low fire till done.Add the dry masala. Add cubed potatoes and simmer them on low fire till the potatoes are half cooked.
  4. Add shrimps and sauté them. Add ground coriander and mint paste. Sauté them for few minutes .Finally add coconut milk and simmer till the gravy thickens.
  5. In a heavy bottom vessel with a lid, layer the rice and the above curry and top it with rice. Close the lid and simmer on a low fire for 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Enjoy and serve with raita .
Add 1tsp of white vinegar to water while cooking the rice.The rice won’t be sticky.

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  • Reply Srivalli August 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    wow..picture composition is simply great!!!..both the pictures are really beautiful..though I am veg, I can appreciate this from the point of clicking and presentation!…:)..you know I make a point to visit your blog just for your pictures!!

    and thats nice to know you are in the heart of the happening…it must be trilling!

  • Reply homecooked August 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Wow…the prawn biryani looks awesome! I can almost get the fragrance through the screen here 🙂 Lovely mouth watering pics!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours August 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Prawn Biryani Mouth watering yaar. Gr8 pic too.

  • Reply Rachel August 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Your pics are so lovely..great ones!!!

  • Reply Uma August 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Wow, I can see your excitement about being a part of the jubilation and hullabaloo going on there. I am sad that I missed watching the great opening ceremony! And as a great joy, an Indian won the gold medal for the first time ever.

  • Reply Cham August 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Wow, i am drooling over ur biryani! Just awesome

  • Reply Cinnamon August 13, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Love the pics… mouthwatering 🙂
    The recipe sounds yummyyy.. bookmarked!

  • Reply Kevin August 13, 2008 at 4:28 am

    That looks good! I like the big prawns in it.

  • Reply Yasmeen August 14, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Prawn Biryani looks spicy and delicious to try. thanks for posting

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  • Reply delhibelle August 15, 2008 at 4:32 am

    the biryani looks great with perfectly cooked rice.
    Which biryani masala do you like?

  • Reply Pearlsofeast August 15, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Dear Rashmi( Delhibelle), Thanks for stopping by and I prefer Shan biryani masala or National biryani masala.

  • Reply zlamushka August 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I love those giant shrimp in your biryani. Aaaah so many spices, I am hungreeeee 🙂
    Btw, I hope you are participating this month´s Tried And Tasted, we are cooking from Jugalbandi(ts).

  • Reply Anonymous May 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    i made this today with small prawns and it was yummy!!

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