Kesari Prawn Biryani

Hema Recipes Dec 10, 2010 No comments

Biryani is a one of the most popular Indian dishes. There are many Biryani Recipes as you can make it in many ways.

This particular recipe is Biryani with Prawn. It is a very tasty seafood rice preparation strongly flavored with saffron. Prawn Biryani is very popular in the coastal areas. It is prepared using fresh prawns.

Here is a special recipe for seafood lovers, tasty and mild.

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Servings: 4


  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice
  • 15-20 prawns
  • ¾ cup yogurt (whisked)
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6-8 black peppercorns
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 one-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 ½ cups fish stock
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ bunch fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped


Soak rice in 3 ½ cups of water for half an hour. Drain and keep aside. Take yogurt in a bowl, add half the ginger paste, half the garlic paste, half the green chilli paste and salt to taste. Mix well and marinate prawns in it. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry half the sliced onions till brown and crisp. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a pan and add bay leaf, peppercorns, black cardamoms, green cardamoms, star anise, cinnamon and the remaining half of the sliced onions. Sauté for two minutes. Add remaining ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilli paste. Stir well and add rice. Sauté for a couple of minutes and add fish stock. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and saffron strands. Mix well, add marinated prawns.

Add salt to taste, lemon juice, chopped coriander and chopped mint leaves. Stir and add fried onion slices. Cover and cook on low heat for ten minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest, covered, for five to ten minutes. Serve directly from the coking pan at the dining table in order to retain maximum flavor.

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