Friday, November 16, 2007

Prawn Biryani

Prawn Biryani - Malabar Style

Basmati Rice - 3cups
Prawns(Whole) - 1kg
Onion, sliced thinly - 3nos.
Tomatoes, chopped - 2nos.
Lemon juice - 2tbsp
Coriander leaves, chopped - 1 bunch
Mint leaves, chopped - small bunch
Whole spices for rice - cardamom - 5, cinnamon - 2" , cloves - 4, star anise -1 & bay leaves - 2
Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Biryani Masala powder- 11/2tsp

(Biryani Masala powder -
Dry roast & grind to a fine powder the following:-

Cinnamon(1" stick) -2, Cloves-4,
Fennel seed-1/2tsp, Shahjeera-1/2tsp, Cumin seed-1/2 tsp)
Ghee/Butter - 1tbsp+1tbsp
Oil as needed
Salt as needed

For Marinade
Chilli powder - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2tsp
Salt as needed

For Grinding
Green chillies - 5nos.
Garlic,chopped - 11/2tbsp
Ginger,chopped - 11/2tbsp
Coconut grated- 3tbsp
Curd - 4tbsp

For Garnish
Onion - 1nos.
Cashew nuts - few
Raisins - few


Soak rice in water for half an hour. Rinse and drain. Heat 1tbsp of ghee. Add the whole spices and fry for a minute. Add the drained rice & roast it for few minutes. Add 6 cups of boiling water & salt and cook rice till done. Spread rice in a flat plate & sprinkle lemon juice.

Clean & de-vein the prawns. Marinate in chilli, turmeric, pepper powders & salt for 30 min.

Grind together green chillies, garlic, ginger and grated coconut into a coarse paste adding curd.

Fry raisins and cashew nuts in ghee, till brown and keep aside. Carmelise one onion(thinly sliced for garnish) & keep aside. In the same pan fry the marinated prawns to a golden tinge. Keep aside a few prawns for garnishing.

To the fried prawns, in the same oil, add 3 onions chopped. Fry till the onions turn translucent. Add tomato, ground paste, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves and the lemon juice. Cook covered for a few minutes. Then open cook till the masala reduces in quantity. Add chilli powder. Check for salt. Finally add the Biryani Masala & switch off the heat.

In a microwave safe dish, spread half of the rice, layer the prawn masala on top and layer the remaining rice on it. Cover & microwave for 4 min on high. Alternately you can bake it for 15-30 min at 150 deg. celsius. Mix thoroughly and serve garnished with fried prawns,roasted cashews,raisins and caramelized onion and serve hot with onion raita & pickle.

Other Related Recipes:
Malabar Chicken Biryani
Unnakka Chemeen Chammanthi/Dried Shrimp Chutney


Rachel said...

That is a nice looking biriyani..prawns at tht..makes it much more interesting!

Carnation said...

thanx Rachel...the fried prawns were really temptin...

Susan said...

I recently wrote a blog post about my love of Indian food. Biryani is a goal I have once I learn more of the fundamentals of your complex and lovely cuisine. This looks and sounds excellent. How I love prawns, too.

RP said...

That looks so tempting!

Susan said...

Dear Carnation, I tagged you for a meme in a recent post. If you are interested in playing along, please have a look. It is based on "5 Things," all food-related. I leave it entirely up to you to participate. There is no pressure. Hope all is well.

Rina said...

Prawn biriyani looks gr8. Away fromteh usual ones. A definte try. My hubby will enjoy this sure. I used to enjoy the King fish biriyani too in madras.

Carnation said...

thanks RP,Susan & Rina.
Rina, do leave ur comment after trying. Fish biryani is one of my fav too :)

Shella said...

Prawns are another thing that i totally freak out on.

Love the biriyani

sri said...

Your biriyani looks great. ummy and mouthwatering.