Prawn Majjboos


750 g  fresh prawns
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2 cloves of garlic( paste)
A piece of ginger(paste)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Juice of an organic lemon
1 tbsp olive oil 
Salt to taste
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardomom pods
1 star anise
3 cloves
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp ghee + 2 tbsp  oil
1dried lemon(optional)
2 red onions (sliced)
A big tomato ( chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (paste)
A piece of ginger(paste) 
2 green chillies (half slit)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Few prawns (chopped)
4 cups Basmati rice
6 cups water
1 tsp salt
Fried raisins 
Pine seeds
Coriander leaves

Shell, devein and wash prawns using salt and turmeric.
Set aside 5 prawns(sliced)  for rice.
Marinate others in first nine ingredients & keep in the refrigerator for an hour.
Fry them & keep aside.
Boil water, add salt & keep aside.
Heat butter + oil in a sauce pan.
Add all the spices.
When aroma of the spices rises add chopped onions.
Fry till translucent & then add (ginger+ garlic) paste.
Then add all the masala powders along with sliced prawns.
Fry for few minutes & then add chopped tomatoes.
Add basmati rice & mix well with a spatule.
Add half of the boiled water & stir; 
Bring to the boil, cover tightly and simmer until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed.
Add the remaing water & stir.
When rice is 3/4 cooked, reduce the heat.
Remove from fire & close the lid tightly.
Stir occassionaly with a wooden spatule.
When fully cooked, remove the lid;
Top the rice with fried / grilled prawns;
Garnish with fried raisins, pine seeds  & coriander leaves.
 Serve hot with Raita & Chutney.