Prawns Biryani Recipe

Mouthwatering Prawns Biryani Recipe!

We love sea food home. I wanted to make some nice dish from fresh prawns. Hence came up with idea of making Prawns Biryani. Turned out damn delicious and yummy. You could make this one day in advance as biryani generally tend to taste better the next day.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Generally fish biryani is made with yogurt. However I have skipped yogurt replaced with coconut milk and cashew-almond paste instead. Reason being as per ayurveda fish shouldn’t be mixed with yogurt. I am not sure how true it is but I never like to mix yogurt Or milk with fish products. You could use yogurt if you are comfortable.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

We were only two and the biryani was too much in quantity. So I gave some to neighbor some to my hubby office mates. To my surprise yet we ate this biryani yet for 2 days. We loved the biryani so we ate it without complaining. I have tried earlier Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani which also is equally good.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

For some reason I am a big aloo (potato) fan. Love adding potatoes in chicken curry, biryanis Or pulaos. In fact potatoes actually gives out nice flavor in biryanis be it chicken Or fish.

This biryani is easy to make. But yes it has layering, pastes, spices to be added. So be prepared to spend some quality time to make this biryani. It’s worth the effort. If you don’t have time to chop onions and need help. Please don’t assist to take help from your family members. After all you are cooking for them ;)

This Prawns Biryani recipe is with step by step details and instructions:

Firstly mix prawns with chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, lime juice and salt.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Marinate prawns for 20 mins.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Soak basmati rice in water for 10 mins.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

To make the biryani rice. Heat oil / ghee in a large pan. Saute onion until golden brown. Add sugar which will help the onion to caramelize faster.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

In the same pan add cashew nuts, raisins. Saute for 2 mins more. Place these fried onion and cashews aside.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Add little oil in the above pan Or in the vessel which you will cook rice. Add bay leaf, star anise, cinnamon and black cardamom.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Saute until it leaves nice aroma. Now add coconut milk and half of mace powder stir all nicely.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

It’s time to add the soaked basmati rice. Add water and cook uncovered on high heat. When the water is reduced lower the heat. Cover tightly and cook till half cooked Or par boiled. Strain if a any excess water.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

For the white paste blend all ingredients. Grind until smooth paste is formed add little water if required.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Take oil / ghee in another wide bottomed vessel. Add caraway seed, green cardamom, bay leaf, pepper corn, cinnamon stick, black cardamom and stone flower.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Saute for a minute then add onion. Add some salt stir for 2 to 3 mins until they change color to light brown.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Now time to add tomatoes, green chilies and ginger-garlic paste. Mix all nicely.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Also add pepper powder and stir, cook the tomatoes until slightly soft.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Add coriander leaves mix all nicely.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Now put biryani masala and garam masala powder. Stir all well.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Put chopped potatoes.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Pour coconut milk and mace powder.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Add the grounded white paste. If you like it spicy then add some more red chili powder this time.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Stir all nicely. Finally add prawns. Cover and cook with some water over a lid. Cook until potatoes are half cooked. Check the taste and salt as per taste. Alter any spices if required.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Take another big vessel / pan for stacking layers for biryani. Spread some prawns gravy first at the bottom.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Now spread some parboiled rice enough to cover the prawns gravy.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Place some fried onion, ghee, mint leaves, saffron strands, fried cashews and raisins over the parboiled rice.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Again spread prawns gravy , then parboiled rice, again spread some fried onion, ghee, mint leaves, saffron strands, fried cashews and raisins. Repeat until gravy is over and finish with rice on top.

Prawns Biryani Recipe

Cover tightly with a heavy weight and cook till done. Should take about 25 mins on slow heat. Just remove one potato and check if potatoes are cooked so is your prawns biryani. Serve prawns biryani with fried onion and salad.

Prawns Biryani Recipe details and printable version listed below:

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Maria@flavorsofmumbai.com:
Recipe type: seafood, main
Cuisine: Indian Cuisine
Serves: 8
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • For the Masala-2 tbsp oil
  • 40 prawns shelled and de-veined
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 t/s coriander seed powder
  • 1 t/s turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed
  • 1 tbsp biryani masala (I used shaan biryani masala)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder (I used homemade)
  • 300 gms onion julienne
  • 1 cup coconut milk / 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 green chilies
  • 7 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 250 gms tomatoes sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp pepper powder
  • 3 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp caraway seed (shahi jeera)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tbsp pepper powder
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • 4 to 5 peppercorn
  • 2 stone flower (dagad phool)
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 potatoes diced lengthwise
  • few mint leaves
  • 2 lime juice
  • salt as per taste
  • For white paste:2 tbsp melon seed
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seed
  • 1 tbsp poppy seed
  • 6 to 7 almonds
  • 3 to 4 cashewnut
  • For the rice- 1 kilo basmati rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 cups water Or as required
  • 150 gms onion julienne
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 10 to 12 cashew nuts
  • 10-12 raisins
  • big black cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t/s mace powder (javitri)
  • salt as per taste
  • few drops of ghee
  • few saffron strands (optional)
  • few mint leaves
  • salt as per taste
Instructions
  1. Firstly mix prawns with chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, lime juice and salt.
  2. Marinate prawns for 20 mins.
  3. Soak basmati rice in water for 30 mins.
  4. To make the biryani rice. Heat oil / ghee in a large pan. Saute onion until golden brown. Add sugar which will help the onion to caramelize faster.
  5. In the same pan add cashew nuts, raisins. Saute for 2 mins more. Place these fried onion and cashews aside.
  6. Add little oil in the above pan Or in the vessel which you will cook rice. Add bay leaf, star anise, cinnamon and black cardamom.
  7. Saute until it leaves nice aroma. Now add coconut milk and half of mace powder stir all nicely.
  8. It's time to add the soaked basmati rice. Add water and cook uncovered on high heat. When the water is reduced lower the heat. Cover tightly and cook till half cooked. Strain if a any excess water.
  9. Blend all the ingredients for white paste. Grind until smooth paste is formed add little water if required.
  10. Take oil / ghee in another wide bottomed vessel. Add caraway seed, green cardamom, bay leaf, pepper corn, cinnamon stick, black cardamom and stone flower.
  11. Saute for a minute then add onion. Add some salt stir for 2 to 3 mins until they change color to light brown.
  12. Now time to add tomatoes, green chilies and ginger-garlic paste. Mix all nicely.
  13. Also add pepper powder and stir until tomatoes are slightly soft.
  14. Add coriander leaves mix all nicely.
  15. Now put biryani masala and garam masala powder . Stir all well.Put chopped potatoes.
  16. Pour coconut milk and mace powder.
  17. Add the grounded white paste. If you like it spicy then add some more red chili powder this time.
  18. Stir all nicely.
  19. Finally add prawns. Cover and cook with some water over a lid. Cook until potatoes are half cooked. Check the taste and alter any spices if required.
  20. Take another big vessel / pan for stacking layers for biryani. Spread some prawns gravy first.
  21. Now spread some parboiled rice enough to cover the prawns gravy.
  22. Place some fried onion, ghee, mint leaves, saffron strands, fried cashews and raisins over the parboiled rice.
  23. Again spread prawns gravy , then parboiled rice, again spread some fried onion, ghee, mint leaves, saffron strands, fried cashews and raisins. Repeat until gravy is over and finish with rice on top.
  24. Cover tightly with a heavy weight and cook till done. Should take about 25 mins on slow heat. Just remove one potato and check if potatoes are cooked so is your prawns biryani.
  25. Serve prawns biryani with fried onion and salad.
Notes
This is a hot spicy biryani so alter spices as per your taste and preference.
Instead of making white paste you could use yogurt.

I have used coconut milk you could skip it. But coconut milk imparts nice flavor to this biryani.

The process is lengthy but it's worth it.

While layering any biryani start with gravy first and end with rice on top.

While frying onion if you add a dash of sugar and salt. The onion will fry much faster and caramelize soon.

You could make this biryani with any fish fillets.


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