Prawns Pulao | Prawns Biryani | झींगे पुलाव | Jhīṅgē pulāva

Prawns Pulao or Prawns Biryani , you can name it as you desire. There are some dishes for sea-food lovers, the very name of which makes them drool over and over.  This is one such dish to name for.  I have used homemade coconut spice paste to cook the prawns and rice. This is somewhat spicy and if you plan to make it, make sure you have enough yogurt or raita to serve it with. I generally try to use the medium size prawns for the dish. You can use regular Tiger Prawns or the smaller ones which are extremely tasty.

Ingredients for the Coconut Spice Paste:

1 Oil 2 tsp
2 Grated Coconut ½ cup
3 Onion 2 finely chopped
4 Ginger Garlic Paste 2
5 Fennel  Seeds 1/2 tsp
6 Coriander Seeds ½ tsp
7 Sesame Seeds 1 tsp
8 Poppy Seeds 1 tbsp
9 Cinnamon Stick ½ inch
10 Green Cardamom 2
11 Cloves 2
12 Mace ½
13 Whole Black Pepper 4 to 5
14 Coriander Leaves 2 tbsp
15 Dry Red Chili 2

Other Ingredients:

1 Prawns 20
2 Basmati Rice 2 cups
3 Cinnamon Stick ½ inch
4 Green Cardamom 2
5 Cloves 2
6 Mace ½
7 Whole Black Pepper 4 to 5
8 Coriander Leaves 2 tbsp
9 Salt To Taste
10 Dried Methi Leaves Crushed 2 tbsp
11 Lemon Juice 2 tbsp
12 Sugar 2 tbsp
13 Cashew Nuts 2 tbsp
14 Green Peas ½ cup
15 Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
16 Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
17 Salt To Taste

Steps To Make:

Marinate Prawns in turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add onions and sauté for 10 minutes.
Add rest of the spices and cook for a minute.
Switch off the flame and allow it to cool down.
Grind to a fine paste by adding little water.
Heat enough water in a pan.
Add 1 tsp oil. Add the dry whole spices and bring it to boil.
Add some salt and Basmati Rice to it.
Once Rice is half cooked, drain and keep it aside.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
Add the marinates prawns to it.
Add the coconut spice mix and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes on high.
Add 1 cup of water and bring it to boil.
Add the half cooked rice, green peas , cashew nuts, dry mint leaves and sugar.
Cover and cook on low flame till rice is well down.
Add more water if required. Check seasoning before switching off the flame.
They taste very well with Boondi Raita.