RECIPE: Microwave Prawn Pulao

This is a simple yet tasty Microwave Prawn Pulao recipe. This spicy and flavoursome rice and prawn dish can be prepared quickly and easily in the Microwave. You can even tweak the recipe slightly and cook the pulao any way you normally do, if you are not too keen on using the Microwave.

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1 cup long grain rice
200 grams prawns
2 cardamom (elaichi) 
2 cloves
1" piece cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
1 big Onion (finely chopped)
2 green chillies (slit lengthwise)
1 tsp turmeric powder 
1 tsp chilli powder 
1½ or 2 cups water*
Salt to taste 
1½ tbsp ghee

  1. Wash and soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Clean and de-vein the prawns. Apply garlic-ginger paste and some salt and keep aside.
  3. Take the ghee in a microwave cooker and add to it the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves. Microwave at high for 1 minute.
  4. Add the onions and slit green chillies. Mix well and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the prawn mixture, the turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well. Cook covered for about 2 minutes.
  6. Lastly add the rice, water and salt. Mix well and cook at 100% for 8-10 minutes. Then cover it and cook at 60% for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with any raita or gravy of your choice. We enjoyed it with this Veg Makhanwala. 
*Adjust the water according to the instructions on the pack if any. Generally, the ratio is 2 cups water for 1 cup rice. However, I used locally available rice which I have cooked before, so I knew from experience that I would need only 1½ cups water. 

Ideas and tips
  • I have used only mushrooms and peas. You can use any other vegetables of your choice. 
  • Adjust the number of chillies used according to their pungency or to suit your palate.
  • I have used the Milton microwave cooker, but you can use any microwave safe dish. You can also cook it any other way that you normally cook pulao. 

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