Prawn Biryani Recipe

Recipe for Shrimp Biryani

By | Posted on 2/19/2011 11:24:11 PM

I know biryani is very popular in India and abroad as well. There are various types of Indian biryanis like chicken, shrimp, mutton, egg and fish.

Chicken and goat biryani is the most popular but shrimp is my favorite. Well do you know shrimp consists almost eighteen vitamins and minerals? It is full of vitamin A, C, E and etc. Vitamin “A” helps in vision health (eye diseases), vitamin “C” helps in tissue growth, where vitamin “E” helps in formation of blood cell. It was all about advantages of eating shrimp. Here is my step by step process for cooking Indian shrimp biryani at your home. The prawn recipe I have given here is for 2-3 people.


prawn biryani picture

Ingredients for Making Shrimp Biryani:

  • Shrimp(1lb large)
  • Rice(1cup I prefer basmati rice)
  • Ginger-garlic paste(2 tsp)
  • Red chili powder(1tsp or according to your taste)
  • Whole garam masala(2-3 cloves, cinnamon stick, 2-3 black pepper, 1-2 green cardamom, 1 black cardamom)
  • Onion (1 large finely chopped)
  • Yogurt(2-3tbsp thick)
  • Coconut paste(1tbsp)
  • Biryani masala(you can use any brand)
  • Coriander leaves (1/2 cup finely chopped)
  • Mint leaves(3-4 finely chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Food color(optional I use red color)
  • Oil(3-4tbsp)

How to Make Shrimp Biryani:

  • Peal the cover and wash the shrimp. Now add red chili powder, 1tsp of ginger-garlic paste and salt to the shrimp.
  • Heat oil in a pan when oil becomes hot add the shrimp batch by batch for frying. Fry the shrimp till it turns brown.
  • Add chopped onion to the hot oil and fry it till it turns to brown, add rest of ginger-garlic paste and fry it for a while once it done add coconut paste to it and fry 3-4 min.Yes forgot to mention, before adding onion add whole garam masala to the hot oil.
  • Now add the biryani masala and yogurt to this onion masala and mix it well.
  • Add the fried shrimp to this yogurt mixture and let it cook for a while.
  • In the mean time we need to make rice for shrimp biryani.
  • Take a pan with 2-3cups of water, when water starts boiling add little oil and washed rice to it.
  • Boil the rice till its 90% done.
  • Now layer the shrimp at bottom then rice on top of it. Sprinkle coriander and mint leaves on the top of rice. Sprinkle red color on top of rice and cover it in very low flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Now biryani is ready, mix it well and serve hot with favorite raita.

shrimp biryani picture


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Name: hajra

Thanks for the nice recipe even your biryani looks so yummy. i am from pakistan and biryani is one of our traditional food. Actually we use tomato in our biryani recipe and it is so tasty but i could not see tomato in your recipe. May be you are not using tomato. I tried your recipe even it came out better and so tasty. Again thanks.

Name: Pragyan

Hi hajra, I really appreciate your advice and thank you very much for your great comment. I am glad to know that your biryani came out very good. I will definitely use tomato in my next biryani recipe for sure.

Name: Lipika

I heard about your website from one of my friend a week back but i never got time to check it. Yesterday night when i was wondering what i feel like eating, suddenly chicken biryani came to mind and your blog too. I saw the shrimp biryani and your biryani is looking just awesome so changed my mind of making chicken to shrimp biryani. Followed your step by step procedure and you will not believe it came out fantastic. It was really so easy to follow your clear and step by step procedure. Good job keep posting good recipes. Thanks a lot.

Name: Pragyan

Hello Lipika, it is awesome to hear from you. Do I know your friend, pass on my thanks to him/her though. Glad to know that your shrimp biryani came out well. What other biryanis you like or have interest in?

Name: siti zaliha

Hi, I am from Malaysia and would love to try your mutton biryani rice or any type of simple biryani rice with mutton curry pakistani style. Pls..

Name: Pragyan

Hi siti zaliha, I have not added the mutton biryani recipe yet. I am working on it will add this recipe for you very soon. There is not much difference in chicken and mutton biryani just replace the mutton in the place of chicken as of now. Here is one pakistani chicken biryani recipe for you. You can also make some vegetable biryani and eat with mutton curry.

Name: anjelina

Prawn Shrimp Biryani one of my fav dishes. luv the succulent spices combined in prawns. yum and delicious.

Name: mamta

Hi Pragyan I tried out your recipe for prawn biryani. It was delicious.Thanks a lot for the recipe.Keep up the good work. Mamta

Name: Yoges

Lovely recipe. Can we use ghee instead of oil?

Name: Pragyan

Hi Yoges yes you can use ghee instead of oil. In fact ghee will give you an excellent flavor and increase the taste of biryani. I used oil here as my husband is little bit calorie conscious.

Name: Aisha Khan

This turned out to be an excellent recipe though i improvised it a bit by adding 1 tsp fish sauce, itsp soya sauce, 1 tsp of corn flour into the prawn marination mixture so that the particular smell with sea food should go and then fired it . And i also added some green chillies to make it more spicy. It is an excellent recipe

Name: Pragyan

Hello Aisha, it sounds interesting. Will try it soon. Thanks a lot for sharing your idea.

Name: Ishika

The recipe sounds good. I will try it. Just one comment, you have mentioned coconut paste in the ingredients but not mentioned when to add it.

Name: ALEX


Name: Yashit

The biryani looks awesome but u have missed to add coconut paste when should we add this to receipe

Name: Pragyan

Hi Yashit and Ishika i missed it somehow. Anyway adding it right now. Thanks for pointing out my missing steps.

Name: Shaheeda

Hi there, awesome recipe. I am definitely going to try it out, but I am not sure how much to use with biryani masala? Thank you

Name: Jenny

I believe this recipe going to work well. Once cooking is done I'll share my feedback ...

Name: Pragyan

Hi Shaheeda for two cup of rice you need to add a packet of biryani masala.

Name: Carmen

Looks good. Going to try. Thanks

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