Quick Prawn Biryani

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Biryani is aromatic rice flavoured with spicy and any kind of meat. It is considered to be the special feast to be prepared on the special occasion. Making biryani is considered to be a very intimidating job, but I love it so much, so I find some short cut to the happiness!


I use Electric rice cooker for this recipe because it is easy ad quick. But you can cook rice in regular large pot, it produces the same result.


Ingredients: (serving 6) 

1 kg Prawn- peeled and deveined

3 cup Basmati Rice

1 tbsp Coriander powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp biryani masala powder- instruction below

2 tbsp chopped ginger

3 tbsp chopped garlic

4 shallots- peeled

3 onion- sliced

1 tomato- sliced

1/2 cups plain yogurt

¼ cup chopped coriander

¼ cup chopped mint

1/2 cup ghee (Clarify butter)

3 pod Cardamom- bruised

2 bay leaves

4-5 curry leaves

Salt to taste

1/4 cup Raisin

1/4 cup Cashew nut

1 lime

 Sacred Spice mix recipe from my mother-in-law

Let make this quickly!

In a large skillet, heat ghee over the medium flame.

Add cashew nut and fry until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.

Add raisin in the same pan, fry until they are puffed. Remove and keep aside.

 Add onion in the same pan and sauté until brown. Remove half of the onion and keep aside.


Blend garlic, shallot and ginger in the blender and add to the fried onion in the pan with some curry leaves. Stir until aroma.

Add tomato, biryani masala powder, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder and stir continuously for few minutes.

Add yogurt, salt to taste and 1 cup of water. Cook for another few minutes.

Add prawn and cook for 3-5 minutes or until prawn curl and turn pink.

Spring coriander leaves and mint leaves in. Squeeze the juice of one lime in and keep aside.


Cook 3 cups of rice in 5 cup of water with 1 tsp of salt, bay leaves and cardamoms in the electric rice cooker. If you don’t have one, then cook rice in the really large pot.

When rice is almost cooked, throw fried onion, raisin and cashew nut in and mix well. 

Now remove 2/3 of rice out of the pan and keep in another large pot. Add prawn curry mixture on top of the rest of rice in the rice cooker. Use wooden spoon to even all the ingredients. Dump all the rice back in the rice cooker and cook further for 3-5 minutes or until rice is cooked.


Serve with slice onion, lemon wedges and cucumber raita.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. really delicious and very well explained good one tes.. very flavourful biryani

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love that your sharing your spice mixes! Cant wait to try!

  3. Hannah says:

    Oh, yum!!! I love a complex spice-filled dish, but have never made biryani precisely because it takes so long. Hopefully I can try this soon!

  4. So Ghee is clarified butter, right? This looks so flavorful. I’ll have to look for the Marsala powder.

    1. Tes says:

      Yes, Ghee is clarified butter. I hope you find Masala powder

  5. Lulu says:

    I can never say NO to shrimps
    seafood fan!
    looks yummy

  6. buttercup600 says:

    I have actually never tried that. Sound yummy and will be on my list. Thanks for sharing oxo

  7. This does look a little intimidating, but you seem to have done such a great job!

  8. Nicole says:

    Gorgeous biryani! I’ve made it once and I can’t wait to try my hand at it again. This recipe looks wonderful – save!

  9. kaztronomic says:

    That meal looks like a complete act of love. =) I can see myself making this dish for my Amor.

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  10. Ooh I definitely want to try this one! I loved biryani when I was in India, but my friend was always really fussy about what constituted a ‘proper’ biryani so I’ve always been too scared to either order it in Ireland or try to make it myself – there’s no excuse now though 🙂

  11. Rea says:

    HI Tess, thanks for visiting my blog. I am so glad that you did because now I have found your recipes! I have been looking for a secret masala recipe and will be trying your Mother-In-Laws soon.

  12. incidentalcooksuman says:

    WOW..I do make biryani sometimes but that too chicken biryani never tried prawn biryani yet at home..your recipe sounds great and biryani looks awesome..must try..thanks for sharing this!

  13. sweetlife says:

    great recipe, I love the handwritten recipe thanks for sharing, so flavorful..


  14. CaroleBristol says:

    That looks fantastic!

  15. lifeinarecipe says:

    Thanks for the Biryani Masala recipe…there’s nothing like a good Masala! Another mouth watering recipe to try…as always thanks for sharing!

  16. Chef Dennis says:

    Hi Tes

    your prawn dish looks delicious!! I bet it went great with that beautiful fluffy rice you made….
    all the best

    1. Tes says:

      Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment.

  17. Tisha says:

    You just made me sooo hungry!

  18. glowacademy10 says:

    Oh my gosh, that looks so good 🙂

  19. TopFuzz says:

    This looks delicious! I had a biryani at the weekend (takeaway – I know, bad!) and this looks soo much nicer. I hope to try this sometime 🙂

    1. Tes says:

      I hope you try… It’s alway the best to make at home. It’s not complicated as it look

  20. leeswammes says:

    It looks like a lot of work, but would be very nice, I think.

  21. lollcakes says:

    This looks delicious Tes, perfect for a cold winter’s day like today! Thanks for sharing.

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