Shrimp / Prawn Biryani
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A simple and easy to follow recipe for Shrimp / Prawns pulao.
Recipe type: Curries
Cuisine: Indian
Makes: 6
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 6-8 pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium sized onions finely cut
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed into a paste
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pound shrimp / prawns peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut milk [optional]
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • coriander for garnishing
  • salt to taste
  1. Cook the rice with twice the amount of water and salt (1/4 tsp) till it is ¾th done. [ Note: I make my rice in the microwave. Normally I keep it for 16 minutes but when I am making rice for pulao I keep it for around 14 minutes]. Then I let it cool.
  2. In a medium sized kadhai or wok add 2 tablespoons of oil and keep it on medium heat. Add peppers,cloves and bay leaves and when they sizzle (after 10-15 seconds) add onions and garlic. Fry them till the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes and continue frying till they turn mushy.
  4. Add the green chillies,red chilli powder,salt,turmeric powder and shrimp/prawns and mix well.
  5. Whisk the yogurt well and mix it with the coconut milk (if you are using it) and add it to the kadhai / wok.
  6. Continue to keep it on medium heat till the shrimp / prawns are done.At this point the gravy should run thick.
  7. Add garam masala and mix well .
  8. Add the rice to the kadhai and carefully fold it in and simmer it for 5 minutes covering the kadhai before taking it off heat.
  9. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita.
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