Shrimp Biryani

Posted: June 10, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Rice
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Biryani is a rice based dish made usually with basmati rice, vegetable or meat and aromatic spices.This is again a dish brought in India by Mughal emperors. Over period of time the dish was assimilated into regional cuisines and there are various variants of Biryani such as Hyderabadi Biryani, Kerala Biryani etc. – each one adapted to region and taste.

Making biryani is an elaborate process but the end result is always worth it. Vegetable biryani is common in my mom’s house. So, whenever she plans to make this dish she would have a long list of ingredients to get from market. Since I eat chicken, I have tried Chicken Biryani in the same way mom does for vegetable biryani. So, I was familiar with this two types of biryani.

Recently, I had Shrimp Biryani at friend’s house and it was super-duper delicious. When she started cooking this for sunday lunch the whole house was filled with delicious aroma and I couldn’t wait for her to finish the dish. It was so delicious and aromatic. So, thought of making this dish at home.


For Biryani:

  • 15-16 shrimps, deveined and cleaned, tail on
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced and fried

For marinating shrimp:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

For Shrimp Masala:

  • 1 large onion, chopped(Blend onion, garlic, ginger and poppy seeds to a fine paste)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped( Make a paste of mint leaves and green chillies)
  • 4 green chillies
  •  1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon Biryani masala powder(I have used sanjeev kapoor’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 whole pepper corns
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 black cardamom
  • salt to taste

For Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 whole pepper corns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands


  • Wash the rice in running water until the water turns clear about two to three times. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Marinate the shrimp with turmeric powder, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and salt for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fry the sliced onions in 1/2 cup of oil until crispy and golden brown. Once down, keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and fry the shrimps for about 5 minutes on low flame. Once done, keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the whole spices and when it changes the color, add onions-ginger -garlic -poppy seeds paste and cook until the onions turns brown.
  • Now add crushed tomatoes, salt to taste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, biryani masala and garam masala and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once the masala is cooked throughly add yogurt and mint leaves-green chillies paste to the masala and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the shrimps and salt to taste. Mix well so that all the shrimps are coated with the cooked masala and cook on a low flame for 4-5 minutes.Remove from heat and keep it aside.
  • In a separate pan heat 2 tablespoons of butter and fry the bay leaves, whole black pepper corns, cloves and add rest of the whole spices.
  • Add the rice and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and mix well. Put the lid on the pan and let it cook for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is almost done on a low flame. Once the rice is done, pour saffron mixture on top and gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Add the cooked rice on top of the shrimp masala and mix everything together. Also, add the fried onions to the biryani.
  • Cover the dish and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once done garnish the biryani with coriander leaves to serve.
  • Serve with cucumber raita and salad.
  • And enjoy!

  1. The shrimp biryani have nice colour and prepared by following perfect preparation procedure .The recipe looks delicious and nice one.Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe with everyone.

  2. Usha says:

    Awesome! It is a lengthy process and it is worth! I love biryani

  3. Plateful says:

    Oohhlalaaa! I heart biryani and especially LOVE shrimp biryani! Going crazy just by looking at your pics 🙂

  4. nisha says:

    i just feel like reaching over and grabbing that bowl..lovely pics as well

  5. your cutlery’s are beautiful and briyani is stunning making me to want it right away!!

  6. Pushpa says:

    Perfectly cooked shrimp biryani.

  7. Rinku Naveen says:

    Shrimp Biriyani looks awesome Suman! Thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving a beautiful comment.
    Happy to follow you..

  8. Vimitha says:

    U have some awards waiting in my space.. Pls do drop by and collect them dear..

  9. kothiyavunu says:

    My all time fav biryani suman..i can have prawns at any given it..last pics makes me hungry 🙂

  10. kankana says:

    That is one great delicious looking biryani 🙂 The first click is beautiful.

  11. biny anoop says:

    wow i love shrimp and love biriyani…urs look fab the colour and the rice is cooked perfect

  12. Joanne says:

    Biryani always reminds me of a much more delicious version of fried rice! I love the addition of shrimp!

  13. Swathi says:

    I love this briyani, i will make them veggie version. I always amazed when you make biriyani, every grain is separate looks beautiful.

  14. foodlovers says:

    loved ur biryani and cute little bowls as well …

  15. Sobha Shyam says:

    biriyani looks superb..very flavourful and delicious….excellent clicks..

  16. Priya says:

    Omg, seriously am drooling over that wonderful bowl of irresistible shrimp biryani, tempting tempting..

  17. aipi says:

    Wow, lovely flavors in there. Looks divine 🙂
    US Masala

  18. Deepa says:

    OMG ! What a delicious and colorful looking biriyani! Even each one of the grain looks so distinct.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  19. Vimitha says:

    Looks so gorgeous and very yummy… Tasty rice packed with flavors… Would love to gobble down an entire plate…

  20. Valarmathi says:

    wow…that looks absolutely delicious, love shrimps….. drooling here…. pass me the bowl…..beautiful click.

  21. Deepa says:

    Your second click looks to tempting Suman…Though I’m allergic to prawn but still stunning pics are making me hungry. Adding pudina leaves is a nice idea.

    Hamaree Rasoi

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