Thalassery Prawns Biriyani

Thalassery biriyani traditionally make with shorter grain rice called kaima. It had a nice aroma and taste. If it is not found in the market use any other high quality basmati rice. For Thalassery biriyani , the rice is cooked as we prepare the ghee rice and then do the dum process. Here is an easy and delicious prawns biriyani recipe preparation. 
Ingredients For Prawns masala:
  1. Prawns-1 kg 
  (turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
   chilly powder- 1 tsp
   salt-to taste)
  1. Onion thinly sliced-6
  2. Tomato thinly sliced-3
  3. Ginger, garlic, green chilly paste- 3tbsp
  4. Garam masala-2tsp
  5. White kas kas paste / thick coconut cream-2tbsp
  6. Mint leaves chopped-1/4cup
  7. Coriander leaves-1/4cup
  8. Salt-to taste
  9. Oil-2tbsp
For Rice:
  1. Kaima rice/ jeerakashala  rice -2cup
  2. Boiling water-4cup( or 3 1/2 cup if not want to cook much)
  3. Cinnamon stick-2(one inch size)
  4. Cardamom pods-4
  5. Cloves-4
  6. Bay leaves-2
  7. Salt-to taste
  8. ghee-2tbsp
To garnish:
  1.  Fried onions
  2. Cashew nuts
  3. Raisins
  • Marinate the cleaned prawns with turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt. 
  • Pressure cooks it for 1 whistle on medium flame without adding any water.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Mean while soak the rice in water for 40 minutes and drain.
  • In a pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil and sauté onions very well until nice brown.
  • Add ginger, garlic, green chilly paste in to it.
  • When the raw smell goes add tomato in to it.
  • When the tomatoes are mashed well add kas kas paste (make a paste with it by adding little water in a blender), garam masala, coriander leaves, mint leaves and salt.
  • Add cook prawns in to it and mix well.
  • Cook for about five minutes in a low-medium flame.
  • Switch off the flame when the prawns get nicely mixed with the thick onion masala.
  • Add oil in another pan; add cinnamon stick, cardamom, bay leaves and cloves.
  • When it crackles; add rice, boiling water and salt.
  • Cover the lid for 10minutes in a low flame.
  • Open the lid and give a gentle stir; cook till all the water gets absorbed.
  • Add theses cooked rice on top of the prawns masala evenly.
  • Sprinkle mint leaves, coriander leaves, lemon juice and little garam masala on top of the rice.
  • Add fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins.
  •  Cover the lid tightly (without passing any steam out- put a heavy weight on top of the lid)and put it on the stove top for 15-20 minutes on low flame.
  • Open the lid after ten minutes. Give a nice mix and add in to serving plates.
  • Serve it hot with the side of pickle and raitha.
Thalassery Prawns Biriyani Thalassery Prawns Biriyani Reviewed by fejnaem on 22:58 Rating: 5

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