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Shrimp or Prawn Biriyani

2.75 from 20 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 4 cups of Water to cook the rice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 inch stick cinnamon
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Star anise
  • 5 Cardamoms
  • 2 Black Cardamoms
  • 5 Cloves
  • 2 cups sliced Onions
  • 1/4 cup Cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp sliced green Chillies
  • 500 gms Shrimp or Prawn
  • 2 tbsps Biriyani Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger &Garlic paste
  • 2 cups Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • Pinch of Saffron strands
  • 1/4 cup hot Milk
  • Pinch powder food colouring optional
  • Fresh Coriander and Mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Soak the rice for at least 30 mins and then rinse a few times to remove excess starch
  • Add the water to the rice with the salt and bring to the boil
  • Add the whole spices cover and cook till its 3/4 done
  • Drain any excess water
  • Steep a pinch of saffron strands in some hot milk
  • In another pot heat some oil and add the onions
  • Sauté till it’s caramelized and then remove half
  • Add the cashew nuts to the other half and keep cooking
  • Remove the fried onions and cashew nuts and reserve for garnish
  • Add the first half of the onions back into the pot with the green chillies
  • Add the shrimp, biriyani masala & the turmeric
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and the tomatoes, mix, cover and cook for about 10 – 15 mins
  • Time cooking the rice and the gravy at about the same time so the rice is still hot
  • Layer the rice on top of the shrimp
  • Add the saffron milk
  • Add the fried onions, cashews and a little food colouring
  • Cover with foil to seal and cook in a 350 degree oven for another 15 – 20 mins
  • Fluff with a fork and serve with some coriander and mint leaves