Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe

Kolambi Bhaat or Prawns Rice is a famous and authentic Maharashtrain seafood rice delicacy. Prawns cooked with rice, onions, coconut and spices is a traditional rice speciality from the Malvan region of Maharashtra. Generally I cook it in pressure cooker but this time I tried making it in the rice cooker and it was done perfectly.

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Being born and brought up in Mumbai, Kolambi Bhaat is one of my favorite dishes. Back then all the excitement used to start from buying fresh prawns from fish market, cleaning them right and then marinating them for the bhaat.Buying fresh prawns is very important or else no flavor would be imparted to the rice.

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

My friend Sayli’s family owned a Malvani cuisine restaurant named as Chaitanya in Malvan. I remember we vacationing there. We used to go on beach, get fresh fish and her mom made the best Kolambi Bhaat in the whole wide world :) It’s amazing how almost everything in our life is related to food.

Now when Aai was making this kolambi bhaat, all the Malvan memories were coming in front of my eyes :)

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Here is the recipe, hope you try it!

Ingredients

1 lb prawns

3 cups rice

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp yoghurt

1 onion sliced

1 tomato chopped

1 tbsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp ground garam masala

whole garam masala

salt as per taste

Oil

Ingredients To Grind into a paste

1 cup dry desiccated coconut

1 inch ginger

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup coriander leaves

1 tsp shaha jeera

4 cloves

1 piece of cinnamon

1 cardamom

4-5 black peppercorns

Method

Marinate prawns in turmeric, salt and yoghurt

Wash and soak rice for 10 mins

Make a paste of ingredients mentioned under to grind into a paste by adding some water

In a pan, add oil

Once the oil is hot, add some whole garam masala

Add sliced onions and sauté till translucent

Add the ground paste, chopped tomatoes and salt. Sautee till cooked

Add red chilli powder and ground garam masala

Add marinated prawns to the mixture. Sautee for 5 mins.

Add rice and mix well for 5 mins

Add 6 cups of warm water to the mixture

Transfer this mixture to rice cooker and cook on white rice setting.

Serve it hot with onion yoghurt raita

Add some ghee on top while serving

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

Kolambi Bhaat/Prawns Rice Recipe/How to make kolambi bhat or prawns biryani

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