Mummy’s Recipe – Prawn Pulao

My mum’s made this dish a zillion times by now and every single time she does, she wins our hearts over. I still remember getting back from school and walking up the stairs to our apartment, knowing exactly what was cooking. Now years later as grown woman with a home of my own I try to replicate her flavors every now and then with her handed down recipes. Cooking some these definitely brings back good food to my kitchen 🙂 but mostly importantly its those beautiful good old memories that I get to relive in my head. Anyway enough of all my mushy talk!

Here’s all you need to cook up this delicious prawn recipe.

1 Cup of coriander leaves

2 green chillies

3 cloves of garlic

1 inch of ginger

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds.

1 teaspoon salt

Grind all of the above into a paste and leave aside.

Other ingredients : 

1 cup of basmati rice

2 small red onions

1 large tomato

1/2 cup of peas

250 grams of prawns (cleaned and deveined)


Heat a pan and add sliced onions. Sauté until light brown. Add the tomatoes cut in wedges and fry until a bit soft. The add 1 cup of basmati rice + 1 teaspoon of salt and stir. Add the ground paste and mix well until all of the rice grains are coated in the paste. Then add 2 cups of hot water and bring to a boil.  Now add the prawns and peas and leave for 10 minutes to simmer until rice is cooked.

Get off the stove and squeeze half a lemon onto the dish. Garnish with a lemon and chilly and the dish is ready to be served.


*This recipe is good for 3 persons.

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