10th July 2024

Prawn Pulao

Prawn Pulao

The Prawn Pulao made with fresh prawns and Basmati rice is delectable and delicious, yet mildly spiced pulao. It is a favourite with my boys because of its mild and tasty flavor. Whenever I prepare this they eat more than they usually do 🙂

Serves: 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 30 Mins

Cooking Time: 40 to 45 Mins


[ Standard Measure : 1 cup = 250 ml ]

  • Prawns (medium, cleaned & deveined) – 350 gms
  • Basmati Rice – 2 ½ cups
  • Onion (sliced) – 4 medium
  • Tomatoes (sliced) – 3 to 4 medium
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste (freshly made) – 2 tbsp.
  • Green Chillies (slit) – 2 to 4
  • Corriander Leaves (chopped) – ½ cup + for garnish
  • Mint Leaves (chopped) – ½ cup
  • Cloves – 9
  • Cinnamon – 3 inch
  • Cardamom – 3
  • Bay Leaves – 2 to 3
  • Chilly Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Corriander Powder – 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Stock Cube (veg) – 1 small
  • Lemon Juice – of ½ lime
  • Curds (lightly beaten) – ½ cup
  • Pure Ghee – 2 tbsp.
  • Oil – 6 tbsp.
  • Salt – 2 tsp. or to taste.

Step 1:     Apply ½ tsp. salt to the prawns and leave aside.

Step 2:     Wash the rice gently and soak in adequate water for 30 minutes.

Step 3:     Heat oil in a non-stick or heavy bottom vessel. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaves. Sauté on low heat for 30 seconds. Then add the onions and sauté on medium heat till light golden.

Preparation of Prawn Pulao

Step 4:     Add the slit chillies and sauté for a few seconds. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté on low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Next add the tomatoes and cook till they turn soft.

Preparation of Prawn Pulao
Preparation of Prawn Pulao

Step 5:     Now add the corriander, turmeric and red chilly powders and mix for a minute on low heat. Add the prawns and continue cooking for 2 minutes.

Preparation of Prawn Pulao
Preparation of Prawn Pulao

Step 6:     Next add the curds, corriander and mint leaves and give a mix. Drain and add the rice and mix lightly. Add 6 ½ cups hot water, the lime juice, the crushed stock cube and salt. Mix lightly and taste for salt. Add if required. Cover the vessel and cook on low heat for 12 to 15 minutes.

Preparation of Prawn Pulao
Preparation of Prawn Pulao
Preparation of Prawn Pulao

Step 7:     When the rice is almost cooked and there is a little moisture left, add the ghee and continue cooking covered for another 5 to 6 minutes. Garnish with chopped corriander and serve hot.


  • For every cup of rice use 2 ½ cups hot water.
Preparation of Prawn Pulao


  1. Isn’t 2 1/2 cups water too much for 1 cup rice? I generally use only double the water to rice.
    Also, as curd is being added, would the liquid not be too much.
    Just want to know becke I make this tomorrow.
    Thanks in advance
    for your reply.

    • Hi Yvonne. In this recipe (https://www.bigfattummy.com/2019/04/prawn-pulao/) we a making a part thick gravy before we add the rice. Hence we have added 6.5 cups of water to the 2.5 cups of rice for the Prawn Pulao . The fact is that the ratio of rice to water when cooking plain rice is 1 : 1.5 or 2.5 (depending on how you like your rice). That too depends on whether you are using aged rice or new rice. Your experience is the best to judge whether you need less or more water. Therefore please do the needful. Happy Cooking.

  2. I tried this recipe today. It was very tasty. However, I made this in the pressure cooker with a little more than 5 cups of water. It turned out mushy. The next time, I’ll try it with about 4 cups of water as there are curds and tomatoes also give out water.

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