There are certain days in the year when you’re looking forward to spending more time outside the kitchen than inside. And for days like those, easy one pot meals like this one are the perfect solution.
By Soni Sinha
We love seafood in our family and Shrimp has been a favorite for quite sometime! I always have a pack of Frozen Cooked Shrimp sold at Trader Joe’s in my freezer and it comes in handy especially in the weeknights. I use it in my soups, pastas, quick curry or my Shrimp Pulao! Of course, fresh Shrimp would taste even better! Whether you have unexpected guests or you’ve been asked to bring a main dish for a potluck, this Pulao never fails!
- White Basmati Rice-1½ cups
- Water-3 Cups
- Shrimp-1 lb (fresh or frozen)
- Ghee or Butter-1 tsp
- Vegetable Oil-2 tbsp
- Green Cardamom-3 pods
- Cinnamon-1/2 inch
- Onion- 1 medium sliced
- Ginger-1/2 inch crushed
- Garlic-3 cloves crushed
- Tomato Puree-1 cup
- Ground Cumin-1½ tsp
- Ground Coriander-1½ tsp
- Red Chili Powder-1 tsp
- Fresh Coriander-1/2 cup chopped
- Fresh Mint-1/2 cup chopped
- Salt to taste
- Soak the rice in water for 30 mins.If using frozen Shrimp, defrost and rinse.Keep aside.
- In a deep pot heat the Ghee and Oil.
- Add the Cardamom, Cloves and Cinnamon. Let it flavor the oil for about a minute.
- Add sliced onions. Saute until slightly golden.
- Add the crushed ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
- Add the ground cumin, ground coriander,red chili and stir on low heat until fragrant.
- Add the tomato puree and the chopped coriander and mint and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the drained rice, water and salt.Check for seasonings. Bring to a boil.Reduce the heat on low.
- Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
- After 10 mins, arrange the Shrimp on top of the rice. Close the lid back and cook for another 5 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot with Raita and Salad! Enjoy!
Soni is a recipe developer, food writer/blogger who creates recipes with a healthy Indian twist. She is a passionate cook and her recipes cater to readers who are are willing to try contemporary Indian flavors in wide ranging fusion dishes that she creates.She shares all her cooking adventures on her blog Soni's Food.