Prawns / Shrimp / Chemeen Biriyani

Prawns / Shrimp / Chemeen Biriyani

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Its been long since I made biriyani, wait there is some correction in the sentence.. its been a long time since I made biriyani in Bahrain. When I went to India a few months back for my hols, I made chicken biriyani (actually WE made, my sis in law was also there) and the reason.. my bro was bugging me so much saying that am an internet cooking fraud :) He never had food cooked by me, so his conclusion is that all the posts in my blog are a result of some fraudulent activities :)

He cannot be blamed, I never used to do any cooking before my wedding and for that part I never even dared to hold raw meat or fish, I used to stand 10 ft away from those things. Now when I think about it, though am embarrassed to say, I must admit I was such a fussy pot, hhmmm….If my husband reads this sentence, he will say some correction is there in this sentence too..”not was a fussy pot”, he will correct it as “is a fussy pot” ;)

Anyways, I made biriyani here (Bahrain) for last xmas, so its almost a year. That’s a long gap right? Recently when I was chatting with my cousin sis, she said she makes biriyani almost like once in 2 weeks, so that ignited the craving for biriyani…

I’ve bookmarked this recipe long time back….again, this recipe comes from my friend Divya. If you are a regular reader of my blog, am sure you know her well through my posts :) I think I will have to create a new category called Div’s recipes :) She emailed me this recipe saying this is her mom’s all time hit prawns biriyani. I tried it and it was a hit here too…so guys go ahead and try it.

Hey, one more thing…I’ve published a prawns biriyani before and if you asks me what’s new in this… the main difference is that this is prepared in a typical biriyani style and the other more in a pulav style. Anyways you can see it for yourself:

Here is the recipe:

Prawns / Shrimp / Chemeen Biriyani
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Kerala
 
Ingredients
For the rice:
  • Basmati rice – 3 cups
  • Water – 6 cups
  • Cardamom & clove – 6 each
  • Cinnamon – 1 medium size stick
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 3-4tbsp
  • Salt
For the masala:
  • Prawns – ½ kg (cleaned & deviened)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – ½ tbsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Onions – 3, chopped finely
  • Green chilli -5-6
  • Tomato – 2-3, chopped finely
  • Coconut – 1 handful
  • Coriander leaves – 1 handful
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Cashews – 6-8 (soaked in 2 tbsp water), optional (refer notes)
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
For garnishing:
  • Cashews & raisins – 1 handful each
  • Onion – 1 medium, sliced finely
  • Coriander leaves
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Rice preparation:
  2. Wash and soak the rice in water for 25 minutes. Drain the water completely. Boil 6 cups water with half the quantity of whole masala & keep it aside. Heat ghee in a vessel/pan, splutter the remaining whole masala and add the rice. Fry the rice for around 5-7 minutes or until the rice starts cracking. Add the boiled water, lemon juice & salt. Cook till the rice is done and water is completely dried. Spread the rice in a tray & keep aside.
  3. Masala preparation:
  4. Marinate the prawns with 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, pepper powder and salt and keep it for 2-3 hours in the fridge. Meanwhile grind together a handful of coconut & coriander leaves with a little water & keep it aside. Also grind the soaked cashews into a smooth paste.
  5. Shallow fry the marinated prawns after the specified time. Once the prawns are fried, keep it aside and use the same oil to cook onions, remaining ginger garlic paste (1 tbsp) and green chilli. Once onions are fried well, add chopped tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add curd, coconut, coriander leaves paste. Once it boils add fried prawns and cook in low flame for 5-6 minutes. Add the cashew paste & 1 tsp of garam masala. Mix well. Cook for 2 more minutes & remove from fire.
  6. Garnishing:
  7. Heat ghee in a pan and fry the cashews & raisins. Remove them from the pan & in the remaining ghee fry the onions till it becomes golden brown. Drain the excess ghee in a paper towel & keep it aside.
  8. Layering the Biriyani:
  9. Preheat the oven to 180 degree 10 minutes before baking the biriyani. Apply some ghee to a baking dish. Put one layer of masala in the dish. On top of that spread some rice and make another layer. Again spread another layer of masala on top of the rice. Repeat the process until the masala and rice is finished. The top layer should be of rice. You can drizzle ghee & sprinkle coriander leaves in between the layers. Cover the dish with a wet cloth. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.Refer notes for Stove top method.
  10. Garnish the baked biriyani with fried cashew, raisins, onions & coriander leaves. Serve hot with pickle, raita & pappad.
Notes
Stove Top Method:

If you dont have an oven to bake the biriyani, do the following method.

1. Layer the rice and masala in a greased heavy bottomed vessel/non stick pan & cover it with a tight lid.

2. Heat a thava/dosa kallu, when it is really hot, place the biriyani vessel on top of that. Reduce the heat to the lowest flame & cook for 20-25 mins. Keep the heat at the lowest flame throughout, otherwise it might get burnt.

3. Also place a pan of boiling water on top of the biriyani vessel at the same time.

 

 

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  • http://kitchenmishmash.blogspot.com Mishmash!

    That’s one stylish chemmeen biryani, maria :) Kandittu kothiyayee…..:)

  • Reena

    maria..very nice recipe..so simple ingredients..i think i have all the stuff in my pantry..i shd try this..ohh lovely picture too :)

  • http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/ Happy Cook

    Hi hi reading your post remind me of myself, i was same before i got married.
    I have never made buruyani with chemeen. Should try it once.
    Will have to comeback as i coudn’t see the pic of the dish.

  • Tina

    OOOOOOOOOOOOHHH kothipikkanalle ingane cheyunnathu….nice presentation…ente parents saudiyil undu, so enikku varan patilla avare ayachekkam…..theerkaruthu ketto…

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks mishmash…you sure can have a portion from it :)

    Thanks reena…please do try it and let me know. would love to know your feedback.

    Happy cook – I guess its the case with the majority, starting their cooking adventures after wedding :)

    Thanks tina…parentsnu saudiyil ninnu pettannu varallo, moreover its weekend too…will give your share also to them :)

  • http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com Lubna

    Wow pics make me drool. First time here. Iam happy to discover this space. Will b back soon.

  • http://www.tangerineskitchen.blogspot.com rachel

    ok fussy pot..that s a scrumptious platter of biriyani.

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    thanks Lubna for dropping in..please do visit again :)

    thanks Rachel :)

  • http://yasmeen-healthnut.blogspot.com/ yasmeen

    I love prawns,spicy biryani well presented:)

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    thanks yasmeen :)

  • ligy

    hi maria..am ammus frend.i saw ur blog as she recommented.. and this was the first recipe i tried.. i must say it was superb.my hubby liked it very much..

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Ligi, thanks a lot for taking time to write your feedback and really happy to know that your hubby liked it very much :), btw thanks for sharing the snap through ammu :)

  • divya

    hi,
    love ur recipes.do u have north indian veg dishes /

  • Vandana

    Hello Maria,
    Enganeyo ee site kandu…I am thrilled to the core …I was reading some of your posts…Innocent aayittanu ellam ezhithiyirikkunne and that makes it all the more interesting :).
    I love cooking but I am a lazy bum :) It is 2 Am here …so gotta hit bed now :(. I would definitely comeback for more reading :)

    Seems like a perfect way to close my day :) Thank you so much for some of the wonderful recipe’s out there. I will definitely try them and let you know the results.
    Hope to stay in touch…

    Regards
    Vandana

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Vandana

      Thanks a lot for dropping in and saying hi :)

      Very happy to know that you like my space, thanks a lot again for your sweet words.

      Btw, am also a lazy person ;), anyways please do try out the recipes when you’ve time and let me know how it comes out.

      Hope to see you again…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sunitha

    Hello, dint know you have a food blog too! I came here from Ria’s blog and lo and behold, a familiar smiling face! You are the third college friend to be on a cooking roll :). great work, I intend trying out your prawn biriyani.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sunitha

      Happy to meet you here :) I started blogging 3 years ago!!

      Hope you are doing great!!

      Hope you will like the prawn biriyani :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ann

    I think there is a chance of putting on weight just looking at the pics of ur dishes!!!! You have a wonderful site out here :)))

  • shubha

    oooooommmmgggggg! these dishes r really delecious.yummy very tasty

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Shubha :)

  • Jemy Boben

    Hey Maria,

    I really njoy reading thru & trying out ur recipes…I do make mutton & chicken biryani often….bt this was my 1st experiment with prawns…it came out really really well…gt a lot of appreciation from my family…Thanx again for the wonderful recipes….

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Jemy,

      Nice to know that you like this space and thanks a lot dear for trying the prawns biriyani. I’m really happy to know that your family enjoyed it.

      Thanks for sharing your comment here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Vanessa

    Hi Maria,

    Your blog really rocks. I just tried out your chilli paneer and only one word AWESOME. Keep up the good work. Am going to try your chicken biryani this week. and the feedback I will give it tp u next week, In case there is no feedback, then it means that I have not tried out the biryani.

    Vanessa

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you so much :) Very happy to know that you liked the chilli paneer recipe.

      I really hope you get a chance to try the chicken biriyani too. Hope you will like it.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Stella

    hey maria… this really looks yummy :)…
    is there a way to make this without a oven ?

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Stella,

      Thank you :)

      I’ve updated the recipe with the stove top method, please refer to that.

      Hope you like the biriyani.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Stella

        @Maria, hey maria… it turned out great !! :)
        really yummy…. thanks for the wonderful recipe….

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Stella,

          You’re welcome dear :) I’m so happy that it came out well for you..thanks a lot for sharing your feedback.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • greeshma

    hi maria,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe…:.) i tried this recipe,it turned out great….:)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Greeshma,

      You are welcome dear :) Its really nice to know that you liked it. Thanks for your comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anonymous

     hi mariai tried ur prawn biriyani for easter….came out so well….u ve got a real good collection of recipies….thanx a lot for sharing with us

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Ann :) Nice to know that you liked the prawns biriyani recipe. Thanks for posting a comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Deepthi

    adipoli dear …….my mom doesnt like chiken biriyani much…so i thought of trying chemmeen biriyani this time….my mom said it wont be gud if using chemmeen…bt i said let me try…..bt this was a huge hit….my mom liked so much…… am waiting for my hubby & father to come on leave … u made me super chef…thank u so much maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Deepthi dear,

    Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe & Its a pleasure to know that your mom liked it :) I do hope that your father & husband also will like it when you cook it for them. Thanks a lot for leaving the comment.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Estelledesai

    simply delicious

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Estelle!

  • Salim Sukumaran

    We tried Chemmeen Biriyani yesterday. Understood one thing. It is really the masala which makes biriyani tasty. When we tried the prawns after frying, it didn’t have any taste at all. It was because the prawns were not good. That got us wondering whether this would end up as a flop. But…… finally the whole thing tasted so good. Wonder what would have been the result if the prawns too were good! 
    One more thing, I prefer to go by the book because of my inexperience in cooking. When it came to masala preparation, you haven’t mentioned about adding salt. My wife was sure that salt was to be added and I refused. We almost came to a row. But I admitted defeat as she looked quite intimidating with the “thavi” in her hand. After all kitchen is her kingdom….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Salim,

      I do agree with you… even I like biriyanis that has masala. Nice to know that prawns biriyani came out well.

      Thanks for pointing out that salt was missing in the masala part, I’ll update the recipe. I’m glad you listened to your wife :)

      Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suby_69

    The prawns should be 1/2 kg before cleaning or after. As its weight decreases after cleaning? and also the ingredients will vary according to the weight. I love you website and have tried many dishes from the same. It really came out well. Thanks alot!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Suby,

      Nice to know that you like this blog. Thank you very much for trying the recipes from here :)

      You can use 1/2 kg prawns after cleaning.

      Hope you like the biriyani, happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Unni

    my wife prepared this dish. It was beyond my expectations. Very tasty. Thanks for sharing such a good recipe. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Unni,

      Thank you :) Please do convey my thanks and regards to your wife too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Saf

    I love this recipe of yours. I cooked the biriyani without coconut n it ws quite delicious! The only biryani of mine that my hubby enjoys whole heartedly is prawns biriyani (he loves anything made of prawns ;) ) Will be trying ur Chilli prawns in a short while :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Saf! Great to know that this recipe worked well for you. I do hope you will like the chilli prawns too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Saf

        Sorry …chilli prawns wr not a success…the prawns didn’t get fried well enough! Do you have any suggestions for the same?

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Saf,

          Sorry to hear that :( Btw, I didnt understand clearly.. what do you mean it didnt get fried enough? it didnt turn golden brown?

          Cheers
          Maria

  • vini

    This was awesome..thanks a ton

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Vini :)

  • Rekha

    Another hit.My husband passes on his compliments and says thank you too.I caught him licking his fingers with this one . ;)
    I’ll definitely have to make this again when I host a meal next. I have a feeling the gravy that goes in will suit chicken as well…cos the flavour of prawns didn’t come through as much and we didn’t miss it as the gravy turned out so yum.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Rekha dear :) Glad that you both liked this very much. If you try with chicken, let me know the result :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jesna Ajith

    Another super duper hit i should say .. tried this recipe last week n we all loved it a lot.. it was so yummy .. thnx a lot for this ..

    Do u ve any good recipe for karimeen pollichathu ?? i tried many recipes .. but ddnt like anything much .. if u happen to get any good recipe, please share it ..

    Luv,
    Jesna

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Jesna dear :)

      I havent tried a karimeen pollichathu yet. I’ve posted a prawns pollichathu recipe long time ago. Please have a look at it and see whether you use it for karimeen.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • paulpriya2005@yahoo.com

    really tasty…my husband loved it..thnx a ton dear..keep goin..

  • paulpriya2005@yahoo.com

    really tasty…my husband loved it..thnx a ton dear..keep goin..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Priya, for sharing the pic :) It looks nice. I’ve shared this on FB page too..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Priya, for sharing the pic :) It looks nice. I’ve shared this on FB page too..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Priya, for sharing the pic :) It looks nice. I’ve shared this on FB page too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • princy

    hai maria
    how many people can b served with this 3 cups of basmathi

  • princy

    hai maria
    how many people can b served with this 3 cups of basmathi

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi princy,

      You can serve around 4-5 people with that qty.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi princy,

      You can serve around 4-5 people with that qty.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi,

    Sorry I didnt understand your query completely. Do you want to increase the masala, because you are using more qty of rice or you prefer more masala in the biriyani?

  • Ritu J Rose

    Oh Maria … it super duper hit in our family… I must say the recipe is running in our family now…

  • Ritu J Rose

    Oh Maria … it super duper hit in our family… I must say the recipe is running in our family now…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Ritu dear :)