Prawn Biriyani

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Preparation Time : 25 minutes

Cooking Time : 45 minutes

Serving : 4 to 6 members


Prawn Biriyani . A mouth watering , hearty , full flavoured indulgence . I was having a chat with my hubby’s neice Rahima Zenofer and just asked her what they had for lunch . She told prawn biriyani. The minute i heard that wanted to try it out. I am a keen cook and often can’t resist trying out a recipe i particularly like. Immediately got the recipe from her mom Wahidha and tried it out the next day. It turned out absolutely pitch perfect. I have to confess that i ended up eating most of it .(that’s what happens usually , shameless me)


prawns1 kg
onions3 sliced
tomato2 big chopped
green chillies 6 slit
ginger garlic paste 1 teaspoon each
lime 1/2
turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon
ghee100 grams
curd100 grams
chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
pepper powder2 1/4 teaspoon
cumin powder 1 teaspoon
fennel powder2 1/2 teaspoon
mint leaves and coriander leaves1/4 hand each chopped
rose water1/4 teaspoon
saffrona pinch soaked in 2 tablespoons of milk
basmati rice3 1/2 cup
water4 1/4 cup
cashewnut10 + coconut grated - 4 teaspoons ground together to a smooth paste
saltto taste
bay leaf1


  1. Marinate cleaned prawns with curd , salt , turmeric powder , chilli powder , cumin powder , pepper powder and fennel powder . Set aside .
  2. Wash rice and soak in water . Heat ghee in a pressure cooker ,add cinnamon , clove , cardamom and bay leaf . Once they crackle top with onions and sauté till dark brown for about 8 minutes .
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry to brown and crisp . Top with tomatoes and green chillies and sauté till tomatoes break down and gets to a gravy consistency .
  4. Pour the marinated prawns along with mint leaves and coriander leaves . Mix well pouring water and pressure cook for 1 whistle .
  5. Add cashewnut and coconut paste , lime juice and rose water . Mix well and bring to boil . Taste and adjust .
  6. Salt , sourness , hotness should be more than required only then when cooked with rice will taste good . Add the soaked rice along with saffron . Mix well .
  7. Pressure cook for 1 Whistle and simmer the flame for 5 minutes . Once the whistle sound settles down . Prawn biriyani is ready . Serve pipeing hot with onion raitha .