Prawn Pulao Recipe – How To Make A Traditional Prawn Pulao

Prawn Pulao

Pulao is a basic rice dish made often in most Indian homes for their meal. The basic pulao is a one pot dish in which the spices are tempered first and then the veggies and the rice are cooked together along with the rice.

Rice cooked with beautifully marinated ginger, garlic prawns and smeared with a masala of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, chilli and a handful of more mind-blowing ingredients.

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Prawn Pulao Recipe

  • Servings: 5 People
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  • Difficulty Level: Medium

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Prawn Pulao Ingredients

For Prawn Stock:

  • 8-10 prawn head
  • 10 cups of water
  • 2 tsp red chilli
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Marination of Prawns:

  • 8-10 prawns
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 2-3 tsp vegetable oil

For Pulao Masala:

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8-9 green cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 chopped medium onions
  • 3 chopped green chillies
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 3-4 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • Some water
  • 4 cups rice, washed and soaked for half an hour.
  • 6-8 cups prawn stock
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • Coriander for garnishing
  • Salt to taste

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For Prawn Stock:

  1. Start boiling prawn head in water.
  2. Add red chilli, turmeric and salt and let it boil for 15-20 mins. Strain the stock liquid and keep it aside.

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For Pulao:

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients. Coat the prawns well with the marinade and let it marinate for half an hour.
  2. Heat oil in cooking pan, add green cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves and saute for a minute.
  3. Add the aromatics.
  4. Start adding onions and saute till it is light brown color.
  5. Add green chillies and cook it again for a while.
  6. Then add garlic paste and ginger paste. Stir well.
  7. Now add the powdered spices.
  8. Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Mix it well.
  9. After that add tomatoes and a little bit of water the pan.
  10. Add the grated coconut, stir for a minute or two.
  11. Transfer the rice and mix it well.
  12. Turn up the heat and add the prawn stock.
  13. Cover and cook till the rice is done to about 80%, keep checking the level of the liquid.
  14. Once done, add the marinated prawns and gently mix.
  15. Complete the pulao with a squeeze of lime and some chopped mint leaves. Let it all cook on low heat for a 5-7 minutes.
  16. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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