Prawn Pulao

By on September 3, 2011



  • 2 kilograms of Prawns (medium sized – washed in salt and garlic water)
  • 1 kilogram of Long Grain Rice (pre-soaked in water for 20 minutes)
  • 2 medium Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup of Shallots (Spring Onion Leaves) (chopped)
  • 1-inch piece of Cinnamon Stick (Dal Cheeni) (roasted and powdered)
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 4 Lemons (Nimbu)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Ajinomoto (Chinese Salt)
  • 1 ½ cups of Cooking Oil


  • Heat cooking oil in a heavy based pan and fry onions until they turn golden brown. Add prawns, ginger paste, and garlic paste and mix. When water begins to evaporate, add powdered cinnamon and shallots and stir on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice and ajinomoto to prawns and stir for 2 minutes.


  • Pour in 5 cups of water and add salt to taste. Mix rice carefully so they do not break and tightly cover pot with lid. Cook for 15 minutes until all moisture has been absorbed. Lower heat to lowest and leave on stove covered for another 10 minutes.


  • Remove from heat and leave pot covered with lid for a few minutes. Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork before serving.