Friday, July 13, 2012

Chemmeen biriyani / Prawn biriyani

Today I am sharing the recipe of kerala style prawn biriyani / konju biriyani / chemmeen biriyani / shrimp biryani.


Prawns / Chemmeen ~ 1/2 kg ( Medium sized )
Basmati rice ~ 2.5 cups
Whole garam masala ~ 5 crushed cardamom, 5 cloves, 2 bay leaves, 2 star anise & 2-3 small sized cinnamon stick
Coriander powder ~ 1.5 tbsp
Red chilly powder ~ 3 tsp
Black pepper powder ~ 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ~ 1 tsp
Fennel powder  ~ 2 pinch
Green chilies ~ 15 nos
Mint leaves ~ 1 cup
Coriander leaves ~ 1 cup
Onions ~ 2 nos
Ginger paste ~ 1 tbsp
Garlic paste ~ 1 tbsp
Tomato ~ 2 small sized
Thick coconut milk ~ 1/2 cup
Lemon juice ~ 1 tbsp
Ghee ~ 4 to 5 tbsp
Salt to taste

For garnishing :

Fried cashew nuts ~ 1/2 cup
Fried raisins ~ 1/3 cup
Fried onions ~ 1/2 cup
Home made garam masala ~ 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander & mint leaves
Yellow food color ~ 2-3 pinches mixed in 2 tbsp of warm milk. (Optional) - Use food color only if you are not adding turmeric powder to the rice.


To prepare rice :

  • First wash the rice nicely by changing water 2-3 times and then allow it to drain. Next heat ghee in a big thick bottom pan and fry cashew nuts and raisins and then transfer it to a paper towel. 
  • Next in a low flame fry the whole garam masala in the remaining ghee for 2-3 minutes. Then add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder along with drained rice and fry the rice slowly for 3-4 minutes. Next add 4.5 cups of water along with enough salt and let  it cook covered in a medium-low flame for about 10 minutes, then switch off the flame and keep it covered in the stove itself for about 10-15 minutes or till the water is fully absorbed by the rice.

To prepare gravy

  • First peel and de-vein the prawns, then wash it nicely under water and then allow it to drain. Next make a paste of 1.5 tsp chilly powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 2 pinch fennel powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice and little salt and marinate the prawns with the above paste and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 
  • Then heat little oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the prawns till both sides become light brown in color and then transfer it to a paper towel. (Note: 3-4 minutes each side would be enough )
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chilies to a fine paste.Next heat ghee/oil in a pan and add sliced onions and saute till onions become translucent. Then add ginger and garlic paste and saute for another 3-4 minutes. Next add 1.5 tbsp coriander powder, 1.5 tsp red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp pepper powder & 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, fry till the raw smell of powders go.
  • Next add sliced tomato and fry till tomatoes are nicely done. Add coriander-green chilly paste followed by 1/2 cup of water and boil till the gravy thickens. Finally add 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk along with fried prawns and enough salt and then remove from the flame after 6-7 minutes. 

Layering process

  • First preheat the oven at 250 F and then grease a big oven safe vessel and then transfer half of the rice to the vessel and then sprinkle fried onions, fried cashewnuts, fried raisins, home made garam masala, food color and chopped coriander & mint leaves on the top of the rice. 
  • Next slowly spread the masala evenly over the rice and then again layer the rest of the rice over the prawn masala and finally garnish with fried onions, cashew nuts, raisins , coriander leaves etc etc..Then cover it tightly using an aluminium foil or a lid and then keep it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. 

Enjoy with raita and papad.



Julie said...

eniku vayya..kothipichu kollu aan alle?? yummilicious biriyani!!

Swathi said...

Biriyani adipoli, njan filght pidikuvan pokunnu.

Mélange said...

entamme..ingane undo oru torture..superbly presented and nice recipe Jisha.

Spice up the Curry said...

biryani looks fabulous.. love it

turmericnspice said...

I can almost smell all the flavours !!

Supriya's Rasoi said...

Mouth watering recipe..

Priya Suresh said...

Mouthwatering here, irresistible biriyani.

gayathri jogi said...

my childrens love this recepie, simply great.

Unknown said...

my hubby loves Prawn Biryani Jisha! your biryani looks awesome...will try at home soon :)

Poornima Nair said...

The biryani looks awesome, great recipe and clicks!

Love2cook Malaysia said...

Mouthwatery Briyani here...can't stop myself from drooling :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Adipoli chemeen biryani...vaayayil vellam varunnu..

kate said...

Biriyani lokks super yummy, i love biriyani.Can't wait to try this recipe.

Unknown said...

look so yummy!! i love briyani rice :) get to eat an awesome one at subang before ^.^

Neelambaram said...

Nice photo! yummy recipe!

SkinnySimpleRecipes said...

Love Biryani and your's looks delicious!!I am your new follower :) Meriem

Unknown said...

lovely biryani with prawns...Any recipe with prawns r my fav

Sherin said...

looks so yummy and delicious

kausers kitchen said...

I'm surely gonna try this one...IT luks extremely delicious...

Unknown said...

I love this kind of food!!
If you have a minute, please check out my blog and follow me if you liked it. I'll appreciate it so much! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This was the best biryani recipe ever. I used greek yogurt instead of coconut milk.
It turned out perfect..thanks a lot!

JishasKitchen said...

@ anonymous - Thank you so much...yogurt was indeed a nice addition...:)

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