Prawn Pulao

prawn pulao

Today being a holiday, I woke up late and around 11 am thought – let’s try a new dish. I haven’t made any savoury recently and I also had prawns in the freezer.

I didn’t want to make the regular dishes with prawns so thought why not try a pulao. Messaged a few friends who were generous enough to share their recipe. Am gonna try them soon too especially Mafrin’s Aunts Parsi prawn pulao.

prawn pulao
My friend khurana was kind enough to share this recipe by Nagina Hassan and I decided to give it a shot. I prefer short and easy recipes, this one was kind of elaborate though the final product is yum.

prawn pulao



1 kg cleaned deveined prawns

2 cups washed basmati rice

4 sliced big onions

5 big tomatoes chopped

4tbsp. ginger garlic green chilli paste

2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp turmeric

whole spice – 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 4 green cardamom, 1 stick cinnamon, 2 black cardamom, 2 bay leaf, 1 star anise, 6 cloves




2 tsp garlic paste

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala




3 tbsp. fried onion

2 tbsp. mint

pinch saffron



  1. Marinate the prawns for an hour.
  2. Cook rice till about 60% done, drain and leave to dry.
  3. Take a big vessel, pour oil and add the whole spices.
  4. When it sizzles, add the onions and saute till brown.
  5. Add the paste of  ginger garlic and chillies. Let it fry a while.
  6. Add the dry powder masalas and mix well till it leaves oil.
  7. Add the tomatoes and cook it till its soft and the masalas leave oil.
  8. Add 1/2 glass water, mix well and add the par cooked rice and mix.
  9. Meanwhile in another pan, add oil/butter and fry the prawns till they turn slightly pink in colour
  10. Add the prawns to the rice and mix well.
  11. Now garnish with mint, fried onions, saffron, garam masala, red chilli, ghee.
  12. Now put it on dum for 15-20 mins. serve hot.