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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Prawns Biriyani(Dum Style)

Prawns biriyani is my kids favorite.They love this as prawns has no bones in it,so my work becomes easier too.I had prepared prawns biriyani long before,do check that simple version.This is a moderately spicy version,please do modify the spices according to your taste buds.And in this I used the dum style,so this retains the flavors more in the biriyani.Do try this out,if you love prawns :-)

To cook rice
basmati rice 2 cups
water 3 cups
ghee 1 tbsp
cinnamon 1'' piece
cloves 3-4
cardamom 3-4
star anise 1
peppercorn 5-6
bay leaves 2

To marinate
prawns 2 lb(20-25 large)
ginger garlic paste 1tsp
chilly powder 1tsp
pepper powder 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp

To prepare masala
onion 1 1/2 large sliced
tomato 1 1/2 medium sliced
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
pepper powder 1 tsp
garam masala/ biriyani masala 1/2 tsp
green chillies 4 slit vertically
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
curry leaves
mint leaves 4-5sprigs chopped
cilantro 4 -5sprigs chopped
oil 4 tsp

To garnish
onion 1 large sliced
lemon 1/2
ghee 1-2 tbsp

-Rub the prawns using salt and lemon.(I usually apply it all over the prawns and leave it for 15minutes.)Wash under running water 5-6 times until all bad odor disappears or else repeat the first step.
-Marinate the prawns using the ingredients listed above for 1/2 -1 hour.
-Wash the basmati rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.
-Heat ghee in another pan and fry the cashews,raisins.Keep aside.Fry the rice in the same ghee for 2-3minutes after draining the water.
-Place a cooker with 3cups water,add salt and the other spices listed under cooking rice .Bring to boil and add rice.Keep on medium flame.Cover and cook till the water evaporates and the rice is cooked.Put off flame.
-In the mean time,Place another pan on medium heat,add oil .Saute onion till translucent.Add the green chillies,curry leaves,coriander leaves/cilantro,mint leaves.Saute and add the ginger garlic paste.
-Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till mashed.
-Add all spices listed to prepare masala and saute for 2 minutes till the raw smell of spices vanishes.
-Add a cup of water and salt.Bring to boil.Add the marinated prawns to it.
-Cover and cook for 15minutes till gravy thickens.Keep this in low -medium flame.Add the cooked rice on top.Squeeze the lemon juice on top.
-Cover or seal it tightly using maida or atta or a tight lid and leave for another 15-20 minutes on low flame.
-Heat another pan with 3tsp of oil and saute the onion for garnish (I have skipped this)till brown and add to the cooked rice along with fried cashews,raisins and chopped cilantro .
-Serve it with raitha, papad & pickle!!

Servings ~ 3-4 adults

*You can fry the prawns if you want it more tasty.
*You can also skip the fried onions for garnish too.I have skipped too.
* The spice level is on a higher side,if you wish a milder version- please reduce your spices esp pepper powder and green chillies according to your taste buds.
*This is a low fat version of prawns biriyani with very less oil and ghee.You can increase the ghee amount.

Sending this to Virtual Eid Potluck party,Spotlight-Rice/Roti/Pulao/Puri


divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and flavorful biryani...
Divya's Culinary Journey said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy it...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Flavourfull it.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious julie.

cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, prawn briayani always my favourite

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious n one of our family fav :)

Priyanka Verma said... Best Blogger Tips

Rice looks very inviting ... lip smacking :)

Indian Khana said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum ...looks so delish

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

prawns biryani looks so mouthwatering...

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely inviting prawn biryani. Looks perfect.

R.Punitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

Biriyani looks Delicious!!!

Inviting me :))))

Keep on Dear:)

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Love any kinda biryanis and this looks so yum

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

That's awesome Julie..I keep away from prawns..Yet seeing this made me drool.

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so tempting..loved the way you prepare all your dishes..:)

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

I also like them with rice

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Finger licking delicious

nayana said... Best Blogger Tips

hi Julie,

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Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Real feast to sea food lovers like me, wat an inviting briyani.

farah saleem said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful dum biriyani......wish i was invited!!...hahaha!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious biriyani.. like ur version :)

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy favourite..
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simran said... Best Blogger Tips

yum!i have my plate ready!mouthwatering.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried cooking prawns other than chicken and fish. My husband love it. Will try for him. Bookmarking it.

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Purabi Naha said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I just love prawn biryani and your version is wonderful, loved it!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

My family favorite,looks so yum,makes me hngry

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious...

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Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy biryani..

Nielouphar (Neelu) said... Best Blogger Tips

have you tried the masala with ground almond, coconut milk and yoghurt? it's yumm!!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy, flavorful biryani, looks great!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and mouth watering...

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Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie I am no cook when it come to cooking non-veg food. But eating it yes. Especially something that is so beautiful and promises to be as delicious.
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This would be such a great change from the usual Chicken/Mutton biryanis. I would love to have you link it up with my Virtual Eid Potluck Party.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all :-)
@Sadaf AfshanLinked mine:)

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... delicious and flavourful biryani... yummy!

Sutapa said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering prawn biriyani Julie....just great!

Indrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, can you please send me the pic of this prawn biriyani, you sent it for my event-Spotlight, but I can't take the pic for round-up from ur blog, as it is right-click protected, pl send me soon to

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Please email me the pics of the dishes that you have contributed to my event, if you would like to see them in the roundup. My email id is sadaf_afshan(at)yahoo(dot)com