Prawn Pulao

Prawn Pulao

Posted 2014-01-15 by smitafollow
This dish prepared with rice, prawns and right blend of spices makes a very delicious meal

Ready to be devoured

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
Makes: 3-4 servings

Whole spices:
2 Bay leaves,
4-5 black peppercorns
2-3 cloves
1 stick Cinnamon

1 cup heaping Basmati rice (or long grain rice)
1 large onion chopped
2-3 medium size Tomatoes finely chopped
2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1 green Chilli slit
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil

For Marinade
15-20 pieces de-shelled and de-veined prawns (preferably fresh prawns)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
pinch of asafoetida
1 tamarind paste/ lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic paste


  • Marinate prawns with Salt, turmeric, chili powder, asafoetida, garlic paste and tamarind paste/lemon juice for 1 hour.

  • Wash and soak basmati rice (or long grain rice) for 30 mins

  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and then add all the whole spices till a nice aroma comes.

  • Add chopped Onions and fry till light brown

  • Then add ginger garlic paste. Sauté till raw flavours go away.

  • Add tomatoes, some salt and cover cook for 2 mins or till the tomatoes become soft.

  • Now add the dry spices(turmeric,chilli powder,coriander n cumin powder, garam masala, sugar )and the slit green chilli. Sauté well till the spices are cooked and oil separates.

  • Add marinated prawns, mix well and let it cook for 10 mins ( prawns should be almost cooked).

  • Add soaked basmati rice (do not add water at this point) mix and cover cook the prawns n rice for 3 mins with stirring in between (to avoid food from sticking and burning)

  • Add salt to taste and 1 and 1/2 cups hot water.
  • Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 mins. After that, lower the heat to minimum and let it cook for another 20-30 mins.

  • At this point, I cook it like how Biryani is cooked. Its called creating 'dum'. Seal the vessel with aluminium foil and keep on a skillet. This will create an oven like effect inside the vessel. Skillet will prevent dish from burning.

  • Creating dum

  • Turn off the gas and let the rice to rest for 5-10 mins.

  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves.

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