Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chemmeen Biriyani (Prawns Biriyani)

Chemmeen (prawns) biriyani is one of our favorites and it used to be a common item on the table when we have guests. A draft was lying in my blog for quite long time. Recently my hubby's friend had been complaining that he never got a chance to taste my chemmeen biriyani, while most of the other friends had a lot to say about it. Last weekend, being chinese new year, my hubby stuffed the fridge with some vegetables, chicken, fish and prawns as most of the shops are closed for 2-3 days. What a coincidence, the same friend gave a casual call on chinese new year and my hubby invited him for a lunch the next day and made it possible to publish this post!!!

For Marinating Prawns:
Red Chilly Powder - 1 1/2 t spoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 t spoon
Salt - To taste

For Prawns Masala:
Prawns(Chemmeen) - 18 no.s
Onions - 1 1/2 medium (Slice to half length wise)
Tomato - 1 1/2 medium (Chop to fine pieces)
Green Chilly - 2 nos (Split into half)
Ginger - 1 inch (Chop to fine pieces)
Garlic - 3 cloves (Chop to fine pieces)
Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 t spoon
Coriander Powder - 1 t spoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 t spoon
Salt - To taste
Fennel Seeds - 1/8 t spoon
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
Oil - 3 table spoon

For Rice:
Jeera rice - 3 cups (Basmati rice is the best option)
Ghee - 1 table spoon
Water - 6 cups
Salt - To taste

For Garnishing
Cashew - 8 nos
Raisin - 8 nos
Cinnamon stick - 1 1/2 inch (Break it into small pieces)
Onion - 1 small (Chopped half lengthwise)
Flower spice - 3
Bay leaf - 3 (Cut into pieces)
Oil - 1 table spoon
Ghee - 1 1/2 table spoon
Cardamom - 3 nos
Coriander Leaves - 3 sprigs

Mix salt, turmeric and red chilly powder with very little water. Mix it evenly on the cleaned prawns and keep aside for 15-20 minutes

For Prawns:
  1. Heat oil in a deep sauce pan.
  2. Add chopped garlic and ginger and saute it.
  3. Add sliced onions and green chillies and saute until onions becomes soft.
  4. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder, fennel seeds and stir for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and stir for another 20-30 seconds till the tomatoes turn tender.
  6. Add the marinated prawns and mix well and cover the pan with the lid. Cook over medium flame until prawns are cooked.
  7. Once prawns are almost cooked add curry leaves.
  8. Prawn masala is now ready. Keep it aside for mixing it later with rice.
For Garnishing:
We will first prepare the garnishing item as we can use the same oil and ghee for frying the rice.
  1. Heat cooking oil and ghee in a wok.
  2. Add sliced onion and saute it till deep golden brown.
  3. Then transfer it to a plate.
  4. Add rest of the spices (except coriander leaves) and heat it till fragrant.
  5. Transfer these to a plate.
For Rice:
Wash and drain the rice using a colander.
Heat 6 cups of water in a separate bowl and boil it.
  1. Add one more table spoon of ghee to the wok after transferring the garnishing items out of the wok.
  2. Once heated add the dried rice and fry it till rice becomes firm and starts breaking.
  3. Add boiled water, salt and close the lid and cook over low flame.
  4. When water is almost over, turn off the flame. But don't open the lid and keep it aside for 15 minutes, until the rice is completely cooked.
For layering we need a vessel big enough to hold rice and prawns. Or you can use the wok itself.
  1. Put rice and prawns in alternate layers starting with rice.
  2. Add chopped coriander leaves while adding prawns.
  3. Garnish with initially prepared spices.
  4. Cover the vessel with a well fitting lid (air tight) and heat over low flame for around 1 minute.
  5. Keep the lid closed for another 10 minutes.
Prawns biriyani (Chemmeen Biriyani) is now ready to serve. I love it with yogurt & Coriander Chutney.


  1. adipoli...kothiyavunnneee...kurachu parcel cheyyu, pl...:D

  2. Aparna, enikku vayya...drooling....chemmen yum yum...

  3. biryani looks yum, have tried just with chicken till now, got to try with prawns too as it really looks tempting..thanks for the recipe aparna..

  4. yummy, my dear! looks so delicious!!!...love to grab that plate from screen!

  5. kothiyayittu vayya,nalla adipoli aayittundu....

  6. Hi Aparna

    Prawn Biriyani looks awsome. Would try it very soon.


  7. SLurppp!! i want this briyani rite now, makes me hungry Aparna..

  8. wow!!! adipoli..enet fav..Looks so yummy dea..!!!

  9. My all time fav...tempting pic!

  10. a very cute name for ur blog.:))

  11. Wow briyani looks so yummy...tempting and awesome dear :)

  12. Kidilam! Would love to have any form of Biryani!

  13. chemmeen biriyani ugran ayitundello....

  14. hi aparna, im fine da...how r u? lastweek was my daughter's birthday...so i was busy with some household works.

  15. Hey nice one!.. and beautiful click!.. I would like to share some awards with you please accept it from my blog:)

  16. Oru parcel ingottu koodi ayacholuttoooo..Adipoli...

  17. deeee briyani thirnno.....ellankill kurachu thadi....ellankill njan anjottu varam..

  18. nice and rich dear...njan podi chemmeen kondu indaakiyittindu biriyani...engne try cheythitilya...ur presentation is so marvellous...

  19. Biriyani looks great and yum!!!good pics too...

  20. wow aparna biryani is mouthwatering...lovely recipe...thnx for sharing

  21. guys you should defintely try biryani with prawns.. its really yummy.@ reshmi i usually try with small ones.but this time i got only big ones.
    @Rekha .i m gud dear.didnt find your posts thats y i askd..

  22. A delicious and tempting recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this. I surely would enjoy a sample of this.

  23. Hi Aparna,

    Chemeen Biriyani thakarthu.... Annu athilulla chemeen motham kazhichu theerthathu njana.... Thanks a lot for such a wonderful feast...iniyum ithu pole ulla nalla nalla sambramangal undakkumbol udane vilikkuka.....

    Thanks again...

  24. Harsha, annu dinner nu second round adichappozha enikku samadhanamaye. :) Njangal ennum nallathanedey undakkunney. Eppol venelum ninakku varam... Swagatham :)