Prawn Biryani

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Serves 4

One of my absolute favourite biryanis!! Even my darling hubby who is not normally a fan of prawns relished this meal and had seconds!! Spicy and tangy and utterly delicious, a truly awesome meal for all prawn-lovers!!

prawn masala
(recipe link in instructions below)
3 cups
basmati rice
1 tsp
cardamom pods
cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp
salt to taste
4 tbsp
chopped coriander leaves
chopped green chillies
juice of half a lemon
orange food colouring
fried onions for garnishing

First, prepare the Biryani's masala using THIS recipe.

Next, make the Biryani Rice.

Wash and soak the rice for about 20-30 minutes.

In the meantime, soak the saffron strands in some warm water and set aside.

Bring a big pot of water to boil, add salt, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and cloves plus about 2 tbsp. of oil.

Drain the soaked rice and add it to this water when it is boiling. Cook until the rice is about 3/4 done (takes about 8 minutes), then strain out all the water. Put half the rice back into the pan, drizzle another 2 tbsp. of oil and the saffron water. Add a bit of orange food colour on one side and mix it up a bit with a spoon then add the remaining rice. Cover the pot with a tight lid. Steam this on low heat for 15 minutes or put in a 180 C pre-heated oven for about the same time. Serve the rice with the Biryani Masala on top.

Alternatively, you can layer the biryani in the pot by placing the cooked masala between the layers of rice in the pot, then steam as directed, for about 15 minutes on low heat. This tends to infuse the lovely biryani flavor into the rice as it steams.

When ready to serve, sprinkle some extra chopped coriander, some chopped chilli for a spicier result and squeeze a little more lemon juice. If you have extra fried onions you can use them for garnishing. Mix everything gently together gently and serve!


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i made this 2dy and it ws really great gt lot of appreciation from my hubby

Salam alaikum,may Allah bless you fauzia. I have been hearing about you but i just opened your page today.i guess my weight loss program will have to wait cos there are so many things i will like to try here. Pls what is the best rice to use for biryani, i love indian foods.where are you from pls,

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks. Basmati rice is best, brands depend on which country you are in. Different countries have different brands.

Haadiya Manzar's picture

I tried your prawn biryani recipe... turned out really tasty. Thank you

How much is 3 cups basmathi rice

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Each cup of rice is 165gm so 3 cups will 495gm so you can just round up to 500gm. :)

Im confused...m ur tips page says 1cup rice is 185g
but here on a comment it says 1cup rice is 165g
so what shall i take.... shall i stick to 500g

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Am sorry yes, my 1 cup of rice is 185gm NOT 165gm. So it will be 555gm total for 3 cups of rice.

Assalamu Alaykum,

I m newly added to ur grp n loving ur recpies..

This recipe got a lot of love and appreciation. (Actually, "inspired" was a word used to describe this dish :) Therefore, I will obviously be making again--and often. (And I hope you know how much you are appreciated by all of us and by those for whom we cook!)