prawns pulao recipe

Prawns Pulao Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Andhra, Hyderabadi, Telangana
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3
Author Bindu


For Marination

  • 350 grams big prawns
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp green chili paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 sprig mint leaves

For Soaking

  • 3 cups or 375 grams Basmati rice (1 cup=125g I used)
  • Water for Soaking

For the Curry

  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 mace
  • 1 onion very thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • Masala powder made of fennel & cardamom
  • 1 tsp pulao masala
  • 1/4 coriander leaves
  • handful of mint leaves

For Masala

  • 3 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

For Pulao

  • 4 ½ cups or 700 ml water
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped


Marinating the Prawns

  1. Clean the prawns thoroughly and take into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, ginger garlic paste, green chili paste, coriander powder, few mint leaves, mix well and keep aside for half an hour.

Soaking Rice

  1. Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes and rinse for 2-3 times or until the water runs clear.

Making Masala

  1. Dry roast fennel seeds &cardamom, make them into a powder and keep aside.

Making Curry

  1. Heat oil and ghee in a vessel, put the bay leaves, star anise, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and sauté until the aroma of the spices is infused into oil.
  2. Add the thinly sliced onion, salt and sauté until soft.
  3. Put the ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and sauté until the raw flavour disappears.
  4. Add the chopped tomato and cook until it turns soft.
  5. Next, add a little coriander powder, fennel & cardamom powder, pulao masala and mix well.
  6. Put the prawns marinade, add few mint leaves, coriander leaves, mix well and cook it covered for 15 minutes.mix in between.

Making Prawns Pulao

  1. Using the same cup that’s used for measuring rice, add water in 1 : 1 ½ ratio.that is for every 1 cup of rice you need to add 1 ½ cup of water.
  2. Again, add some mint & coriander leaves and bring the water to boil.
  3. When the water starts to boil, add soaked basmati rice.
  4. Water stops to boil after adding the bring it to a boil again.add salt if required.
  5. When the rice starts to boil, turn the flame to simmer and cook until the rice is perfectly done.