Monday, 27 October 2014

Prawns Pulao (Kolambi Bhat)

Prawns Pulao (Kolambi Bhat) is one of the tasty and authentic recipe from the Kokan belt of Maharashtra. This pulao also known as Kolambichi Khichadi. This is a well loved dish in my family.

हि पाककृती मराठीतून वाचण्यासाठी इथे क्लिक करा.  


  • Prawns (shrimp/zinga/kolambi),Peeled and deveined- 1 cup 
  • Basmati rice or Kolam rice- 2 cups
  • Onions, sliced or chopped- 2 med
  • Tomato, chopped- 2 large 
  • Garlic ginger paste- 1 tbsp
  • Homemade masala/Malwani masala/(2 tsp Red chilli powder+ 1 tsp Garam masala)- 3 to 4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Asafetida (Hing)- ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Clarified butter (ghee)- 1 tbsp
  • Caraway seeds (shahajeera)- 1 tsp
  • Cloves(Laung)- 5
  • Black Pepper Corns- 8
  • Cinnamon stick- 2"piece
  • Black Cardamoms(Badi Ilaichi)- 2
  • Bay Leaves- 2
  • Star anise- 2
  • Cream of Coconut or Coconut Milk- 1 cup 
  • Hot water-3 cups
  • Fresh coriander, finely chopped- ¼ cup
  • Fried onion (barista)- 1 cup (optional)

  • Peel, devein and wash. If prawns are  larger, prick slightly them. 
  • Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, hing, malwani masala or red chilli powder, lime juice and some salt and mix well. Marinate for min 30 minutes. 
  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes in water ,drain & keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed or non-stick casserole. Add all whole spices. 
  • Add onion and saute onion turns translucent. 
  • Add tomato and cook till the tomato turns soft. 
  • Add Prawns and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add Rice, saute for a minute.
  • Add hot water, coconut milk, garam masala (if you are using) and salt as required. Stir and mix well. Add ghee.
  • Turn heat to low and cover with lid. Cook till all the rice is done. Stir occasionally. 
  • Garnish with coriander and fried onion. Serve hot with lemon, koshimbir and solkadhi. 

  • I mostly use small prawns for this prawns pulao, they taste better.
  • You can skip coconut milk & use only water for cooking. But don't get authentic taste of this pulao.

Try our Dried Prawns (Sode) Pulao. (Click here)

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