Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prawns Biriyani/Chemmeen Biriyani

Prawns are my family's all time favorite...and when it comes to prawns biriyani then it's a real hit at home.When we were young my Umma used to prepare such delicious prawns biriyani.... 
Not at my Umma's level but I  too cook prawns biriyani,as now it is the favorite of my hubby and children.Going with the recipe:

For marinating and frying
Prawns(clean,de-vein and washed)      850grms
Chilly powder        1 tsp
Ginger paste          1/2 tsp
Garlic  paste          1/2 tsp
Chilly  paste          1/4 tsp
Salt                     3/4 tsp
Oil         for shallow frying
-Marinate the prawns adding chilly powder,salt,ginger,garlic & chilly paste.Keep aside for 10 -15 minutes
-Now shallow fry the prawns,drain oil and keep aside
For the Masala
Onion                  6 medium(thinly sliced)
Tomato                3 (big,thinly sliced)
Ginger paste        11/2 tbsp                                  
Garlic paste         11/2 tbsp
Green chilli        13 no.(pasted)
Turmeric powder             1/2 tsp           
Garam masala(home made)  1/2 tsp 
Cinnamon            2 small piece
Cardamom       1
Cloves              4
Coriander leaves    1/4 cup (chopped)
Mint leaves          a few
Lime Juice   11/2 tsp
Oil               2 tbsp 
Salt     taste 
Method of Cooking
-In a non stick pan or thick bottom vessel,heat oil ,add cinnamon,cloves and cardamom,after a minute add the onions and a little salt (adding salt helps cook onions fast)
-Add ginger,garlic and green chilly paste
-When the onion turns translucent add the sliced tomatoes and turmeric powder
-When the tomatoes are done add the fried prawns,garam masala and lime juice.
-Check salt, add if required,add the coriander and mint leaves.
-Mix all well and off the flame.
For the Rice
Basmati rice      3 cups
Water              5 cups
Onion              1(thinly sliced)
cinnamon          1'' piece
cardamom         2
Bay leaf            1
Onion               1 (thinly sliced)
Ghee                3 tsp
Raisins             1 tbsp(optional)
Cashew nuts     2 ''       '' 
Lime juice        1 tblsp
Oil                  1&1/2tblsp
Salt                 1&1/2 tsp

Cooking Method
-Wash and soak the rice(water 2'' above rice level)for 15 to 20 minutes ,then drain the water and keep aside. 
-Heat a pan and add oil
-When the oil is hot fry the onions and transfer on to a paper tissue.In the same oil fry cashew nuts(golden brown) and raisins (when puff)transfer these also on to the kitchen tissue.(These are used at the time of layering and garnishing)**
-Again to the remaining oil add ghee,then add cinnamon,cardamom and the bay leaf.
-Add the given amount of water.
-When water starts boiling add the rice & salt.
-Add lime juice & check the salt.
-Cover and cook till water is fully absorbed and the rice is done,flip the rice once in between(takes around 12 to 15 mins to cook)

Layering and garnishing 
Fried onions,cashew nuts and raisins**
Chopped Coriander leaves        1/4 cup
Mint leaves(along with stem)    5-6
Garam masala(home made)      1/2 tsp
Lime juice                1 tsp
The cooked masala and rice
-In a heavy bottom pan ,spread a little rice at the bottom.On top sprinkle lime juice, little fried onion-cashew-raisins,little coriander leaves,pinch of garam masala 
-Spread half of the prawn masala evenly on top of the rice
-Again spread half from the remaining rice
-Top it again with lime juice,fried items,coriander leaves and pinch of garam masala and add the remaining prawn masala evenly.
-Lastly,add the remaining rice evenly and top it with all the remaining items along with the mint leaves.
-Cover it tightly with a lid and keep on medium-low flame for 20-25 minutes.
-After 20-25 minutes,off the flame,when you open the lid you will find steam coming out from the rice and the leaves turned dark.Remove the mint leaves (along with stem)
-Let the rice stay covered for 5 more minutes. 
-After 5 minutes ,using a spatula mix the rice and masala and transfer into a serving dish.
-Serve with pickles,green chammanthi and raita.

Sending this to My Healthy Happy Kitchen, Feast of Sacrifice Event 


  1. Wow ! lOVELY presentation..
    Thanks for linking this delicious briyani to my event..

  2. Definitely this tastes awesome..mouthwatering

  3. Definitely this tastes awesome..mouthwatering

  4. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah....

    Dear Ruxana, I used your recipe today to make prawns biryani and I must say that both my husband and I loved the biryani! it was so flavorful that we took second and third helpings! I was looking for a recipe that was light on the stomach and your recipe matches what I was seeking - not heavy on the spices nor on the fat. I did tweak it around a bit - I only used 2 onions instead of the 6, I added 2 tbsps of yoghurt while cooking the prawns masala, reduced the no of chillies to 4 and I also added pepper, turmeric,ginger garlic paste and lime to the prawns marinade. I also used the same oil in which I fried the onions, cashews, raisins and prawns to cook the rice in, thereby giving it a lovely flavor and aroma.

    All in all I am happy with your recipe and it is going into my recipe book as my no 1 prawn biryani recipe :)

    Thank you for sharing, jazakillah kheir !

  5. Replies
    1. Wa alaikum mussalam friend...its a great pleasure to know that you have tried my recipe and it turned out well for you...thanks a lot for your inspiring and lovely words...Actually I was out of station for 3 weeks,thats the reason I missed your comment...Once again thanks :)

  6. Thanks for you reply Ruxana:)

    Since I love your prawns biryani I'm guessing I would love ur other biryanis too. Could you please post ur recipe of chicken biriyani? Or is it made using the same recipe? Do keep posting more of ur recipes!

    Salaam, Mrs S, UAE


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