Prawn Biryani In Pressure Cooker Step By Step Instructions

Today’s recipe is an extremely delicious prawns biryani .  Usually I make biryani in Kerala style but today, I wanted to try something different.  I started browsing for recipes and definitely I got many wonderful recipes out of which this one caught my attention.  The biryani is made using pressure cooker – a very easy to make one pot meal.  Final result was an extremely tasty, flavourful biryani.  Now to the recipe…


Ingredients required

To marinate

prawns  – 1/2 kilogram

yogurt – 2 tablespoon

ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

red chilly powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

salt – to taste

Other ingredients 

basmati rice – 2 cups

oil  – 2 tablespoon

ghee –  2 tablespoon

fennel seeds  – 1/2 teaspoon

cloves  – 4 – 5

cinnamon  – 1 piece

cardamom – 4 – 5

bay leaf  – 2

star anise  – 1

onion   –  1 (big)

green chillies  – 2

ginger garlic paste  – 1 teaspoon

mint leaves – one handful

coriander leaves – one handful

red chilly powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

coriander powder  – 2 teaspoon

turmeric powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

salt  – to taste




1.  Marinate the prawns with the ingredients given under ” to marinate” and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

2.  Wash the rice in clean water and soak it for 20 minutes. Drain it and set it aside.

3.  Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan, add the marinated prawns and sauté them till they change their colour. Keep it aside.

4.  Add remaining oil and ghee in a pressure cooker, add fennel seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and fry for a second.

5.  Now add chopped onion, and slit green chillies.  Saute them till onion turn translucent.

6.  Then add ginger garlic paste and sauté again for some more time. Now add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and little salt. Saute again.


7.  Then add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilly powder and the marinated and sautéed prawns.  Let every thing get combined.


8.  Next step add the strained rice sauté it once again. Add 3 cups of water, stir gently. Check the salt once more at this stage and if necessary add more water.


9.  Close the lid of the pressure cooker.  Pressure cook in medium heat for 1 whistle and then cook in sim for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

10. Let the pressure subside,  Gently, fluff it up with a fork and serve it hot.