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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spicy Prawns Biryani

No wedding or celebration in Kerala is complete without Biryani and so is any of my weekend. Over these years I’ve explored and prepared a variety of them viz.- Hyderabadi, Sindhi, Arabic etc. and loved all of it! My mom is a specialist in Dum Biryani and I wish to attain her crown some day.

I would love to share this delectable Prawns biryani recipe which I’m sure you’ll love. Biryani is generally prepared with lamb or chicken, and very rarely do you get to taste prawns biryani and that too prepared in the ‘dum’ style. The rice is cooked separately and alternative layers of prawns and rice is arranged and cooked on a very low flame for a long time. Do not attempt if you are in a hurry!!
It appears to be a lengthy process, but the work is definitely worth it. Its more on the spicier side, hence you may wish to reduce the no.of chillies to suit your taste buds.

Serves : 6-7
For the masala:
Prawns – 1kg
Onion – 8(big) thinly sliced (lengthwise)
Tomatoes – 3 (thinly chopped or slightly pureed)
Ginger paste – 2 tbsp
Garlic paste – 3-4 tbsp
Green chilli – 10 nos ( grind into paste )
Coriander leaves – finely chopped
Juice of 5 lemons
Whole garam masala – Cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves.
Ghee and Cooking oil.

Masala powders :
Garam masala – 2tbps
Turmeric powder- 2 tsp
Red chilli pdr – 5tsp
Coriander powder- 1 teaspoonful

2 sliced onions – golden fried in ghee for garnish.

Masala preparation:
Marinate prawns with 3tsp red chilli pdr, ¼ tsp turmeric, 3 lime juice, salt & leave for 1hr.
In a non stick dish add 3tbs oil and slightly fry the prawns. Do not overcook the prawns as it’ll get hard.
Remove prawns from pan and add some more oil (1/2cup would be needed). Add 2 cardamom & 3 cloves.
Add 6 sliced onions and sauté. Add ginger garlic paste,green chilli paste & salt.
Saute till the onion has slightly browned and add the masala powders (1/4 tsp turmeric pdr, 2tsp red chilli pdr, 1 large tsp coriander pdr). Saute well for 5mins. Next add the tomato puree and sauté well until the oil separates. Add juice of  3 lemons and finely chopped coriander leaves. Masala is ready for the ‘dum’.

Ghee rice preparation
Long grain basmati – 3 mugs( I use the regular coffee mug).
Wash and soak the rice for 30mins to1hr. Drain out water and leave for 15mins.

In a large non-stick dish add 1 cup ghee. Add whole garam masalas ( 4 cardamom , 3 cloves,1 cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf), add 2 finely chopped onions(cut lengthwise ).
Saute slightly and don’t let it brown. Add 5 mugs of water. Add ¼ tsp turmeric pdr, juice of 2 lime and salt to taste.
When the water boils, add the rice and stir well. leave lid open for 5mins, stir once again  and then close lid and simmer for 15mins or until the rice is ¾ cooked and the water has completely dried out.
Remove half of the prawns masala from the dish and keep aside.
Layer half of the prepared ghee rice over the prawns.
Now add fried onions and sprinkle 1tsp of garam masala.
Spread the remaining prawns masala over the rice and finish with another layer of rice.
garnish with fried onions,1tsp of garam masala and coriander leaves.

Cover and simmer for 30mins on low flame. Switch off flame and keep covered for another 30mins. Open lid and mix the rice and prawns until well combined

Garnish: Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves and fried onions.
Serving suggestions: Serve with  Raita , pickles and pappad.
Notes: The essential requirement for a good Biryani is to use good quality fragrant long grained basmati rice


Lubna Shanawaz said... Reply to comment

welcome back to blogging! luks nice..bn ages since i have had one or rather made one! I have to have this on my dinner table soon !!

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

thanks for the warm welcome;-)i just hope this enthu continues and not go into hibernation!
do prepare it and give me a feedback!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Dum should be kept inside the ove. The result will be faantastic

thoma said... Reply to comment

i cannot tell you how much i LOVE prawns biryani...in fact anything prawns!!

we pretty much make it the same way but it's always kaikannaku for me...i'm glad i've a recipe to follow...thnx!

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@thomame too just love prawns!

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@Anonymous yes that's a great idea..haven't tried it though!

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said... Reply to comment

This is SUCH a unique recipe! I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for posting.

We just started following you!!



Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@Amy J. and Tiffanie A.
thanks for the lovely comments...yes u must try this out and let me know!

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Karen Xavier said... Reply to comment

wow, wow, wow... looks awesome! Enticing! My first time here and this is great food, love briyanis! Will try it out soon.
Karen Xavier.

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