How to make it

  • • Boil some water in a kettle. Keep aside.
  • • Wash and soak rice in some water.
  • • Marinate prawns with some salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and pepper powder (this is not listed in the ingredients. Marinate as per taste). Keep in the fridge for about 30mins.
  • • Slice the onions. Chop the tomatoes.
  • • Heat some oil in a pan. Fry the prawns till done. Remove on kitchen towel and set aside.
  • • In the same oil, fry the onions till brown. Careful not to burn. Remove and set aside.
  • • Use the same oil and add the tomatoes. Saute and then add the leaves. Let it cook and then remove and set aside.
  • • In a heavy based pan. Heat a small amount of ghee/clarified butter and sauté the cardamom,cloves ,cinnamon stick and bayleaf. Add the rice and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • • Add the red chilli powder,meat masala,cumin powder,coriander powder. Mix well for 2-3minutes.
  • • Add 3.5 cups of warm water from the kettle and salt to taste. When it starts boiling cover and cook on low heat for about 5mins.
  • • Add fried onions (leave some for garnishing), tomatoes mixture and fried prawns.Mix well.
  • • Check if the rice is almost done , if not add small amount of hot water (just enough to cook the rice- It should not get mushy).
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 10-15mins.
  • • Pour some more ghee and lime juice and mix in.
  • • Garnish with chopped corriander leaves and fried onions.
  • P.S. prawns can be substituted with King Fish or Pomfret. That tastes good too.

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