Prawns Biriyani – Chemmeen Konju Biryani


Prawns Biriyani - Chemmeen Konju Biryani

Prawns or Chemmeen Biriyani is a favourites of many people in Kerala. It is also a raditional, authentic Kerala style biriyani. If you need a tasty, colourful lunch on a holiday, this is the perfect option.
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Clean and devein prawns.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add half of the spices and saute.
  • When aroma arises, add the ground ginger, garlic and chilly.
  • Add the chopped onions.
  • Add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and fennel and saute for a minute.
  • When the raw smell wears out, add the shrimps and salt.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add coriander leaves and turn off fire.
  • Boil 5 cups of water by adding salt and remaining spices.
  • Wash and drain basmathi rice.
  • Heat ghee in a vessel.
  • Fry the rice for 2 mins.
  • Add boiled water and cook till all water is absorbed.
  • Spread rice in a plate.
  • Grease a vessel with ghee.
  • Add half of the rice, spread the prawn masala as the next layer.
  • Add the remaining rice on top of it.
  • Garnish with ghee roasted onions, cashews and raisins, coriander leaves and mint.
  • Sprinkle rose water. Close tightly with a lid.
  • Keep on low flame for 20 mins.
  • Remove from fire.
  • Let the biriyani stand for 30 mins.
  • :- Serve with pappad, salad and pickle.
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Response (1)
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    sarah December 8, 2008

    Turned out good, however method could be a bit clear as there is no mention of when the tomatoes have to be added, secondly point no. 3 could be more specific.

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