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Monday, July 8, 2013

Prawn Biryani - Quick & Easy method using Pressure Cooker

Today's recipe is Prawn Biryani. I tried this recipe from Divya Pramil's site. The Biryani came out well. Very flavorful, delicious and the rice was fluffy. This biryani is made using pressure cooker- very easy & quick to make one pot meal.  

Prawn Biryani- Quick & Easy to make one pot meal.
Here is the post with video on how to clean Prawns properly to prepare them for cooking. If interested, please have a look.
Recipe Source: You too can cook

What are the ingredients needed?

To marinate
Prawns, 1 lb (washed, shelled, cleaned & de-viened)
Yogurt, 2 Tablespoons
Ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon
Salt, to taste

Other ingredients
Basmati rice, 2 cups
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Ghee, 2 teaspoons
Fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves, 4-5 nos.
Cinnamon, 1 small piece(2 inches long)
Cardamom, 5 nos.
Bay leaf, 2 nos.
Star Anise, 1 no.
Big onion, 1 no. (sliced)
Green Chillies, 2 nos.
Ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon
Mint leaves, 1 hand full
Cilantro, 1 hand full
Red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, as needed

Prawn Biryani using Pressure Cooker

How to make prawn biryani using pressure cooker?
  1. Marinate prawns with the ingredients listed and set it aside for at least half an  hour.
  2. Wash and soak the rice for at least 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet and add the marinated prawns and saute them for few minutes till they slightly turn in color. Set this aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil and ghee in a pressure cooker, then add fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, star anise and fry for a minute or two.  
  5. Then add the sliced onions and green chillies and saute till the onions turn translucent. 
  6. Now add ginger garlic paste, little salt and  then add cilantro leaves and mint leaves and saute then add the chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder and then add the saute-ed  prawns  and mix well.
  7. Add rice to this and mix well. Pour about 3 cups of water and gently stir and check the salt and add more if needed.
  8. Close the lid and pressure cook till it is done. Cook in medium-high heat till one whistle and then turn to low and cook for 5-7 minutes and turn off the heat.
  9. Wait till the pressure is released and gently fluff the rice and serve it warm.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your personal taste.
  • You can add a cup of coconut milk + 2 cups of water instead of 3 cups of water to make the biryani more rich.
  • Just before serving biryani, you can squeeze lemon juice & mix well.


  1. Hey Divya, 'M vegetarian!!! But loved ur pic of this recipe :)

  2. the biriyani looks really lovely...

  3. i never tried biryani using sea foods.this is awesome.should give a try akka

  4. prawn biriyani looks delicious and tempting

  5. Looks very flavorful.. I like the way the prawns are fried before adding to the rice & also the addition of coconut milk for a more rich biriyani.. Gotta try some time soon :)

  6. Feel like inviting myself to ur place, droolworthy prawn briyani.

  7. mouthwatering biryani, looks so great.

  8. clearly mouth watering biriyani...i can feel the deep flavor and taste this would give...yummy divya

  9. i'm always in for prawn biriyani :) nice clicks da..

  10. Its my favorite one pot biryani

  11. Simply awesome, the flavors which came about with the ingredients added and that outcome is so good.

  12. what a flavorful biryani !

  13. Never have made a prawn biryani, you've inspired me. Might make it sometime. You biryani looks really nice.

  14. Yummy, inviting & scrumptious looking prawn biryani :-)

  15. Don't you just adore these one pot meals!!! Lovely!

  16. One of my favorites Divya akka, thanks for trying it and glad you liked it to :D Thank u so much for the virtual party and treat :) Hugsssss nice yummy clicks too, wish I lived near u ;)

  17. Wow... This is definitely a great recipe... Want to grab the whole prawn briyani ... Looks so delicious.

  18. Hey I just made it for dinner tonight n it turned out so yummmmm ~ my husband came back from football n was hungry n this was d best deal ☺️ Thank you

  19. It came out brilliant Thank you so much for this recipe.


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