Prawn Pulao

[Quick Facts]
Main Ingredients: Prawns, Rice, Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Ajinomoto
Time Required: 1.5 hours
Serves: 5


  • 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of medium-sized Prawns, washed in salt and garlic water
  • 1 medium thinly sliced Onions
  • 1/2 kilogram (1.1 pounds) of long grain Rice, pre-soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) piece of roasted and powdered Cinnamon stick (Dal Cheeni)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ajinomoto (Chinese Salt)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Shallots (Spring Onion Leaves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 2 Lemons
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup of cooking oil
  • Instructions:

    (1) Heat cooking oil in a heavy based pan and fry onions until they turn golden brown.

    (2) Add prawns, ginger paste, and garlic paste and mix.

    (3) When water begins to evaporate, add powdered cinnamon and shallots and stir on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.

    (4) Add rice and ajinomoto to prawns and stir for 2 minutes.

    (5) Pour in 2.5 cups of water and add salt to taste.

    (6) Mix rice carefully so they do not break and tightly cover pot with lid.

    (7) Cook for 15 minutes until all moisture has been absorbed.

    (8) Lower heat to lowest and leave on stove covered for another 10 minutes.

    (9) Remove from heat and leave pot covered with lid for a few minutes.

    (10) Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork before serving.

    5 thoughts on “Prawn Pulao

    1. I have tried this recipe too and liked it. however, I would use less cooking oil, 1/2 cup is enough i think.

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