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Shrimp Biryani

We had a snow storm during christmas. So we were pretty much stuck at home. Could not go anywhere.

So obviously the next thing to do at home would be movies and food. Hubby darling did his part and got some DVDs from redbox and my part would be to cook some nice food.

I chose shrimp Biryani. It’s been a while I made a shrimp dish. I did not even know that biryani could be made with shrimp until a collegue of mine got that for lunch. His wife made it and it tasted yummy and when I asked him for the recipe, he said it’s a secret. This was a log time ago, and I still remember the taste. So I thought of experimenting myself from what I remember of the looks and the taste of his biryani and guess what? It came out really good and may be even better than his biryani 🙂 and now the secret recipe is out!

Shrimp Biryani

Shrimp Biryani

 Ingredients:

Shrimp( I used frozen cooked shrimp medium sized)

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Onion ( medium sized) – 2

Tomatoes ( medium sized) – 1

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Dhaniya powder – 1 tsp

Chicken masala – 2 tsp

Mint leaves – 10 leaves

Oil

Yogurt – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Cillantro for garnishing

Lemon – 2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic pastes – 3 tsp

Procedure:

Marinate shrimp with some yogurt, turmeric, lemon, salt and chilli powder for 20-30 minutes.

Cook the basmati rice in a rice cooker ( for each cup of rice, I add 1.5 cups of water).

Then cook the shrimp with lil water in a pressure cooker until you get 2 whistles.

Finely chop onions and tomatoes.

In a pan add oil,add turmeric powder, onions, mint leaves and let them fry. Add the ginger garlic paste to the onions and fry them together. Fry till the onions are golden brown and very soft. Now add finely chopped tomatoes and fry them together. Add dhaniya powder, garam masala, chicken masala( you can add shrimp masala here. As I did not have shrimp masala, I used the chicken masala I had.) and cook them t until you see the oil separating. Now add the cooked shrimp to the onion tomato mixture and let them cook. Add some yogurt and red chilli powder. Make sure you beat the yogurt well before you add to the onion tomato mixture. Keep cooking on a low flame for 5-10 minutes. Now add this mixture to the basmati rice and mix well. Add salt as required and garnish with cilantro.

Thats my christmas day lunch and we enjoyed the biryani watching the movie “Four Christmas”. Perfect holiday Lunch!!!

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