Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Prawns Biryani made in pressure cooker- Spicy yet tasty

I love prawns in any form, like in pickle, prawns masala, prawns roast and in umpteen other preparations. Prawns biryani is the latest addition to the endless list of my prawns recipes.
If you are a seafood lover, I bet you will love this.

I had never made prawns biryani before till my SIL told me that she makes this often and is simple yet tasty. I thought of giving it a try and made this with the help of my SIL and other online tips. This is a super yummy and delicious one pot meal which can be made on all occasions.
This biryani actually takes less time to cook than other biryanis.
I made this in a pressure cooker as I had some guests at home and time was less. Usually the rice and gravy are done separately and then layered and sealed tight with a flour dough for some time. 

For Marination:
  1. Prawns- 200 gms
  2. Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp
  3. Coriander powder- 1/2 tbsp
  4. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  5. Salt- as required
  6. Oil- for shallow frying

For Gravy:
  1. Onions (sliced)- 2 nos
  2. Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tbsp
  3. Green Chillies (crushed)- 2 nos
  4. Tomatoes- 1no
  5. Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp
  6. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  7. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  8. Coriander leaves (chopped)- ½ cup
  9. Curd- ½ cup
  10. Lime juice- 2 tsp
  11. Oil- 2 tbsp
For rice:
  1. Ghee- 1 tbsp
  2. Basmati rice- 2 cups
  3. Cloves- 2 nos
  4. Cinnamon stick- 1 no
  5. Cardamom- 2 pods
  6. Star anise- 1no
  7. Salt- as required
  8. Water- 2 ½ cups
  1. Pour ghee in a pan and fry cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and anise for a while. Add rice and mix well with salt till the rice is fried little and keep this aside.
  2. Marinate the prawns with the ingredients to marinate and keep this for ½ an hour. Then shallow fry in oil for 5 minutes and drain.
  3. In a cooker, heat oil (you can also use the same oil in which we fried the prawns) add the sliced onions and fry till golden brown in colour.
  4. In this add the green chillies, ginger and garlic paste and stir well. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it becomes soft.
  5. Mix together the spices like red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Add the coriander powder, curd, salt and at last the fried prawns. Mix them well till everything is well blended.
  7. In the above add the lightly fried basmati rice, salt and water. Close the cooker and bring to full pressure and after the first whistle, simmer the flame for exactly 4 minutes and switch off the flame.
  8. When the cooker is cooled and all the pressure is gone, open and add the lime juice and mix with a fork lightly or else the rice will break.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl and then serve this along with a bowl of raita, salad and enjoy the yummy biryani.


    1. I am a major prawn lover!!! Your biryani looks really yummy and sounds very easy to make :-). Thanks for the recipe!

    2. Yummm! The biryani looks great and bursting with flavours. Love presentation.

    3. Wat a real feast for sea food lovers like me..

    4. this kind of biryani saves time when in hurry. Biryani looks yummy to the core. And more so because it has prawns

      Hamaree Rasoi

    5. I loved the prawn biryani my Nani made, this looks sooooo delicious....the spicier the better:)

    6. Zareena, feeling hungry now....awesome biriyani...

    7. looks super duper delicious!

    8. What a delicious biryani! Now I'm hungry, it made my mouth water :)

    9. Hi Zareena
      Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

      This is a really tasty dish... I enjoy biryanis and i know my son would love this too :)

    10. Delicious Biryani.It makes me hungry.awesome clicks

    11. wow... my bro's favorite... tasty tasty.. yummy yummy dish...

    12. tummy is rumbling now..yummy version..:)
      Tasty Appetite

    13. Hey,

      Currently I am doing my research on The different ways of cooking Biryani. I made a document which has some questions about the process of cooking Biryani. \

      Attached is the link of the document.

      Please feel free to go through it and if you have some suggestions please let me know.

      thank you

    14. Really nice prawn recipe...
      Visit here some ready to eat seafood product for you readytoeat

    15. Can we use this masala base for chicken biryani as well?


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