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Spicy, tasty Shrimp biryani or prawn biryani

Updated on July 25, 2014


Recently i came through many hubs which have some great recipes for chicken biryani, i too am planning to write a hub on that but right now i am busy with other things but yes its on the list! I was so inspired after reading these recipes that even i wanted to write a recipe on biryani. There are times when you want to cook just one dish which is delicious,spicy and very tasty at the same time and what can be more spicier than Shrimp biryani! It actually takes less time to cook than the other biryani (chicken and lamb). This time i clicked some pictures of it while cooking. However i could not put the garnished , " decorated " picture of it because as soon as i took it off the gas, a very hungry husband jumped on it.



  • Shrimp or Prawn- cleaned, deviened- 1/2 pound
  • Chili- 2-3 cut into small pieces
  • Onion- 2 meduim sliced
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1tsp
  • Clove- 5
  • Cinnamon- 1
  • Bay leaf- 1
  • Cardamon- 2 nos
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- as required
  • coconut water/ milk- 2tsp (optional)
  • Oil- 5- 6tsp
  • Turmeric- 1tsp
  • Red chili powder- 1tsp
  • Pepper powder- 1tsp
  • Garam masala- 2tsp (available at any Indian grocery store)
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
  • Tomato- 1 sliced
  • Coriander- for garnishing
  • water- 2 cups
  • yogurt- 1tsp


  • Soak rice in a bowl half an hour before cooking.
  • You can even marinate prawn with turmeric, red chili powder and salt (this time i did not marinate the prawn and still they turned out to be tasty).


Prawn/ shrimp are very healthy. They are good at curing heart and eye problem and not to forget the nutritional values too! They contain omega 3 fatty acids which help prevent heart diseases, circulatory diseases. They also contain B12, iodine, phosphorous, zinc, calcium, sodium and magnesium.

onions and spices mixed together
onions and spices mixed together
prawn mixed together with the spices and onion with water
prawn mixed together with the spices and onion with water
rice mixed with prawn and water is poured so that it boils
rice mixed with prawn and water is poured so that it boils
the final outcome!i wanted to "decorate" it well but my husband's impatience and hunger didn't let me do so!
the final outcome!i wanted to "decorate" it well but my husband's impatience and hunger didn't let me do so!


  • Heat oil in pan (you can also use ghee)
  • Once the oil is heated, add mustard seeds, bay leaf, cumin seeds. cloves, cinnamon and cardamon.
  • Once the seeds start sputtering, add onion and chili
  • Fry till golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste. Mix well
  • Fry for 2 minutes
  • Add tomatoes
  • Add turmeric, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder
  • Mix well, let it cook for 2 minutes
  • Add yogurt
  • Add 1/4 cup water in the spices, let the water dry
  • Add shrimps, mix well.let it fry for 5-10 minutes
  • Add water if necessary, you can also add coconut water or coconut milk also(optional)
  • Put rice in the pan, mix well
  • Pour water, add salt if necessary
  • Close the lid of the pan and cook till the rice is done.
  • Garnish with cilantro/ coriander
  • Serve hot.
  • You can have it with lassi or juice

Here are some links to help you make spicy biryani


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      3 years ago

      I went to tons of links before this, what was I thnkniig?

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      3 years ago

      Your answer lifts the inelilegtnce of the debate.

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      5 years ago from India

      This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago from KERALA, INDIA

      Thank you for this receipe................

    • dipsmi profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      dear vespawoolf, shrimp is one food item which has never disappointed me. I can make biryani, fried shrimp or plain shrimp noodles!

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your shrimp biryani sounds delicious! I love the photos and step-by-step instructions, too. Thank you.

    • dipsmi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      I am still learning Ubanichijioke! A few years before I could not even make tea.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! It seems like you re a great cook. With all those recipe options, i know you re a heart winner. I love food-Good food can steal my heart. Great work. You re awesome

    • dipsmi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      Thanks Gailalovesbijou! i will soon upload other typesof biryani too!!! Do tell me w your husband liked prawn biryani.:)

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      7 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

      Thank you for this recipe! I bookmarked it and will soon be making it for my husband, who loves biryani.

    • dipsmi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      dear Vinaya,do try, ypu will find that you soon will be enjoying cooking. If you want to cook biryani first. try egg biryani. Its the easiest!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      I love all kinds of biryani but I have never tried to cook. I think I'll give a try.

    • dipsmi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      hi J Burgraff,i use coconut milk and water,however this time i did not use coconut milk/water and the recipe still turned out to be good!

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      J Burgraff 

      7 years ago

      This sounds delicious. Do you use coconut water or milk with yours? Or just water?


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