Prawns Biryani

To Make Prawns Biryani




Basmati rice – 4 cups

Water – 6 cups

Cardamom & clove – 6 each

Cinnamon – 1 medium size stick

Ghee – 4 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 4 tbsp

Salt to taste

Prawns – ½ kg (cleaned & deviened)

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp

Chilli powder – ½ tbsp

Pepper powder – ½ tsp

Onions – 4, chopped finely

Green chilli -6

Tomato – 3, chopped finely

Coconut – 1 handful

Coriander leaves – 1 handful

Curd – 1 cup

Cashews – 8 (soaked in 2 tbsp water)

Garam masala – 2 tsp

Cashews & raisins – 1 handful each

Onion – 2 medium, sliced finely

Coriander leaves

Ghee – 2 tbsp


  1. Wash and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water completely. Boil 6 cups water with half the quantity of whole masala & keep it aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a vessel/pan, splutter the remaining whole masala and add the rice. Fry the rice for around 7 – 9 minutes or until the rice starts cracking. Add the boiled water, lemon juice & salt. Cook till the rice is done and water is completely dried. Spread the rice in a tray & keep aside.
  3. Marinate the prawns with 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, pepper powder and salt and keep it for 3 hours in the fridge. Meanwhile grind together a handful of coconut & coriander leaves with a little water & keep it aside. Also grind the soaked cashews into a smooth paste.
  4. Shallow fry the marinated prawns after the specified time. Once the prawns are fried, keep it aside and use the same oil to cook onions, remaining ginger garlic paste (1 tbsp) and green chilli. Once onions are fried well, add chopped tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add curd, coconut, coriander leaves paste.
  5. Once it boils add fried prawns and cook in low flame for 6 -7 minutes. Add the cashew paste & 1 tsp of garam masala. Mix well. Cook for 3 more minutes & remove from fire.
  6. Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashews & raisins. Remove them from the pan & in the remaining ghee fry the onions till it becomes golden brown. Drain the excess ghee in a paper towel & keep it aside.
  7. 10 minutes before baking the biriyani. Apply some ghee to a baking dish. Put one layer of masala in the dish. On top of that spread some rice and make another layer. Again spread another layer of masala on top of the rice. Repeat the process until the masala and rice is finished. The top layer should be of rice. You can drizzle ghee & sprinkle coriander leaves in between the layers. Cover the dish with a wet cloth. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Refer notes for Stove top method.
  8. Garnish the baked biriyani with fried cashew, raisins, onions & coriander leaves.
  9. Serve and enjoy with raita.

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