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King Prawn Biryani

  • Serves 2

Recipe created by Indunil Sanchi, Head Chef, Noel Arms Hotel.




100g Tilda Easy Cook Basmati Rice
3 tbsp vegetable oil
300ml cold water
2 bay leaves
3 cardamom pods
3 cloves
Salt and pepper


3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp black peppercorns
3 cardamom pods
3 cloves
1 stick lemon grass
4 curry leaves
½ tsp finely chopped ginger
½ tsp finely chopped garlic
300g king prawns, cleaned & uncooked
2 tsp mild curry powder
Salt, to taste
1 tsp turmeric
100g tomatoes, roughly chopped
250ml coconut milk
50ml natural yoghurt


Onion, sliced and fried
Cashew nuts, fried
2 boiled eggs, deep fried
Cucumber raita
Mango chutney

  1. For the Rice - Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and add the bay leaves, cardamom and cloves.
  2. Cook for 20 seconds over a moderate heat and then add the washed and drained rice, stirring well to coat each grain with oil.
  3. Add the water and season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes, then turn down the heat and cover, cooking for a further 9-11 mins, or until the grains are just soft.
  5. Once cooked, take off the heat and leave to steam for a few more minutes.
  6. For the Curry - Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, add the onion and fry over moderate heat stirring often until well browned.
  7. Add the peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, lemon grass, curry leaves, ginger and garlic, stir well and then add the prawns.
  8. Add the curry powder, salt, turmeric and tomatoes and give the mixture a good stir.
  9. Pour in the coconut milk and some stock if necessary to loosen the mixture. Stir and then cook over a low heat for around 8-9 mins.
  10. Finally, add the yoghurt and the pre-prepared rice. Mix well, ensuring that all grains are covered with the curry sauce.
  11. For the Garnish - Portion the biryani into 2 serving bowls and garnish with fried onion, cashew nuts and the quartered deep fried boiled eggs.
  12. Ideal served with pots of cucumber raita and mango chutney.

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