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Easy Prawn Biryani

Written by Linu Freddy

I dont know how many of you keralites out there are nostalgic about the magazine “Vanitha”.  I sure am!  Though I dont get time to read the articles, I make it a point to flip through the magazine the morning it comes!  And the recipes in this magazine never disappoints!  The latest December edition featured a ridiculously easy prawn biryani in a spice brand’s advertisement.  And since I had some prawns still left in the freezer, I decided to try this one out even though it was a weekday (biryani is usually reserved for friday nights) !
250gm prawn cleaned and deveined
400gm basmati rice (soaked in water)
100gm tomato (ground to a paste)
1 onion (medium size, sliced finely)
7-8 green chillies (slit lengthwise)
1 teaspoon meat masala (Eastern brand)
A pinch of turmeric powder
A stalk of curry leaves
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon sunflower oil
1-2 tablespoon ghee
How To
Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Add onion, green chillies and curry leaves and saute till onion starts to brown. Add tomato paste and saute for a minute. Now add the meat masala, turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Lastly add prawns, combine well and pour in 750ml water. When the water starts boiling, strain the basmati rice and add to the pan and stir nicely. When the water starts to dry up,reduce flame, add ghee, combine well and then close the lid. Heat a skillet and then keep the deep bottomed pan on top of this skillet. Cook in this manner on low flame for 6-10 mins and the prawn biryani is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with raita and pickle.
Source: Vanitha magazine

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