Prawns biriyani | Chemmeen Biriyani | Thalassery style chemmeen biriyani

Hello there, Today I am sharing a special biriyani recipe.. eid is coming.. So this biriyani is especially for Eid. I love any dishes with prawns. I always love to make new dishes with prawns. Prawns biriyani is one of my favourite biriyanis... From my childhood, my mom makes this prawns biriyani for Eid lunch. She doesn't like any meat. So we always prefer fish biriyani or prawns biriyani. I made a slight difference from that biriyani. But it tastes awesome. I miss my home and biriyani which is prepared by my mom.
Let me share my recipe,
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Ingredients for marination:
  1. Prawns-500 gms, peeled, deveined and washed.
  2. Turmeric powder-¼ teaspoon.
  3. Fennel powder-¼ teaspoon.
  4. Red chilli powder-1 teaspoon
  5. Garam masala powder-½ teaspoon.
  6. Black pepper powder-½ teaspoon.
  7. Lime juice-1 teaspoon.
  8. Ginger and garlic paste-1 teaspoon.
  9. Salt to taste.
Ingredients for gravy/masala:
  1. Oil-2 tablespoon.
  2. Ginger and garlic-crushed,2 tablespoons.
  3. Onion chopped-3 numbers, Medium size.
  4. Green chillies-3 to 4 chopped.
  5. Curry leaves-1 sprig.
  6. Turmeric powder-½ teaspoon.
  7. Red chilli powder-1 Teaspoon.
  8. Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon.
  9. Tomato-2 small.chopped.
  10. Coriander leaves-few chopped.
  11. Mint leaves- few, chopped.
  12. Lemon juice- 1 teaspoon.
  13. Salt-1 teaspoon.
Ingredients for rice:
  1. Ghee-1 Tablespoon.
  2. Basmati rice / Jeerakashala rice-2 cups
  3. Cloves -5 numbers.
  4. Cardamom- 5 numbers.
  5. Star anise -½ star anise.
  6. Cinnamon-2" piece
  7. Bay leaf-2 leaf.
  8. Black pepper-1 teaspoon.
  9. Onion-½ onion, chopped.
  10. Hot Water -4 Cups.
  11. Salt -As needed.
  12. Lime juice-1 Tablespoon.
Other ingredients:
  1. Ghee-2 tablespoon.
  2. Cashew nuts-10-15 numbers.
  3. Raisins-3 tablespoons.
  4. Onion-1 Cup, thinly sliced.
  5. Coriander leaves-finely chopped, as required.
  6. Mint leaves- Chopped, as required.
  7. Pineapple essence-1 teaspoon. or Chopped pineapple -half cup.
Method of making biriyani:
Marinate the prawns with all the ingredients under marination. Keep this in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shallow fry the prawns and keep it aside.
Making the toppings:
Heat a pan with ghee in it. Fry cashews until it turns a golden colour. Remove from the pan. Fry raisins until it puffs up.
In the same pan shallow fry sliced onion.Set this aside.
Making the gravy:
Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute for few seconds. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Saute for few seconds. Add chopped onions and salt. Saute until onion becomes translucent. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Combine well until raw smell gone. Add chopped tomato and cook the tomatoes.
Add coriander leaves, mint leaves and lime juice. Combine well. Now add fried prawns to this gravy and mix it well. Prawns masala is now ready. Keep this aside.
Making the rice:
Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Heat a large vessel with 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add cloves,cardamom,star anise,cinnamon stick,black pepper,bay leaf and onion. Saute until the onion becomes soft. Add the rice to this. Roast for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of hot water. Add salt to taste and lime juice to this. Mix it well. Cover this and cook on low flame until all the water has been absorbed. When rice becomes cooked remove from the flame and set aside.

Dum process :
Apply some ghee at the bottom of a heavy bottomed 1/2 of the gravy(prawns masala) at the bottom and spread it.
Next put 1/3 of the cooked rice and spread this. Spread some ghee, pineapple or pineapple essence, fried nuts, onions, raisins, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Repeat this layering process for one more time. Cover it and seal tightly. Then place it for dum. ( Very low heat)

Wait for 20 to 25 min... Awesome biriyani is ready... Serve it with pickle, onion raita & Papad.