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Shrimp Biryani (Prawns Biryani)

 Published 2007-Nov-25   Updated 2018-Sep-17

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Erra Biryani, Jhinga Pulav, Prawns Biriyani)

Recipe For Shrimp Biryani


  • Shrimps(Prawns) - 1 lb
  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Onion - 1(thinly sliced)
  • Green Chilly - 2 (minced)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato - 2 ( crushed/finely diced)
  • Lemon - 1
  • Coriander leaves - handful
  • Mint leaves - handful (optional)
  • Chilly powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curd - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 piece
  • Cardamom - 2 pods
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Devein and clean the shrimps and rinse with water thoroughly.
  2. Add 1 tsp of chilly powder, 1/2 tsp of coriander powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste, curd and salt.Toss everything together and keep it aside.
  3. Heat ghee and oil in a deep pan and add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, star anise and cloves.
  4. Add onions and fry till it becomes golden brown. Add the remaining ginger-garlic paste and green chilly and fry for 2-3 min, until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the tomatoes along with the rest of the chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder and fry till a nice spicy paste is formed.
  6. Add part of the chopped coriander leaves saving a part for garnishing. Add chopped mint leaves and fry for another minute.
  7. Add the shrimp mixture to this paste and fry for 2 minutes. Overcooking the shrimp will make it rubbery.
  8. Put this mixture into a rice cooker along with rice and 3 cups water.Pour the juice of a whole lemon on top.
  9. Once the biryani is done, put it into an oven safe tray. Heat it for 10-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven to remove the excess liquid.(optional)
  10. Garnish with cilantro and fried shrimp.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the warm shrimp biryani with some raita for side.

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Comments (8)

Person   ()
this prawn briyani is very super. i done this one all olf us tellme super.its so yummy ya
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Oh Thank You.
Person   ()
whenever i prepare biriyani rice gets stick together... why is it so? what is d actual ratio of water to be taken for 2 cups of biriyani?
Person   ()
Hi sunitha, For 2 cups of rice, add 3 cups of liquid. The liquid can be a mixture of water, yogurt or coconut milk. Soak the rice for at least 10 minutes before cooking.
Another way to avoid rice from sticking is by roasting it in little ghee for 5-7 minutes before cooking.
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I hope it turns out to be good one with flavours and turns out to be yummy
Person   ()
Yes it will. Try it.
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thank u.. try it.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2018-09-17.