Hyderabadi Shrimp Biryani / Shrimp Dum Biryani / Prawn Dum Biryani / Eral Biryani

by - January 08, 2013

Shrimp Biryani / Shrimp Dum Biryani / Prawn Dum Biryani / Eral Biryani

                 This is another exotic briyani for sea food lovers which will not cheat your taste buds. Shrimp cooked in briyani gravy induce nice flavor to rice and makes the rice best among the seafood recipe..This is my MOM s recipe where she is cooking it for more than 2 decades and always a hit recipe between our relatives and friends.  Try this and for sure it will become your default Sunday menu.

Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes ~ 1 hour 20 minutes
Preparation time: 10 ~ 15 minutes
Soaking time: 20 ~ 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Standing time: 5 minutes
Source: sarasyummybites
Serves: 4 ~ 5 people

1 lb/ 500 grams shrimp/ prawns
3 medium size onions, thinly sliced
3 medium size tomato, chopped
5 ~ 6 green chillies or to taste
1 1/2 tsp  ginger paste 
1 1/2 tsp garlic paste
1  tsp red chili powder or to taste
1 tsp coriander powder or to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup curd
1/2 cup of mint leaves
1/2 cup of minced cilantro
1 tsp orange food color or  Saffron soaked in warm milk (optional)
Salt to taste

For cooking rice:
3 cups of basmati rice
9 ~ 10 cups of water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil

For Seasoning:
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
2 inch cinnamon
2 cardamom
2 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 bay leaves

Hyderabadi Shrimp Biryani / Shrimp Dum Biryani / Prawn Dum Biryani / Eral Biryani

  • Wash and soak rice for 20 ~ 30 minutes.
  • Clean and wash Shrimp and keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan or kadai, heat oil and ghee together. Add seasoning ingredients one by one, saute for few seconds until it changes to slight brown color.
  • Add sliced onions and saute till it turns to soft and transparent in medium heat. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell disappear. Stir continuously to avoid onion mixture to stick to the bottom.
  • Add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt, mix and cook it in low heat till oil separate from the mixture.
  • Now add curd and mix well. Then add green chilies, chopped tomatoes, mint and cilantro leaves. Mix and cook it in medium heat till mixture blend together.
  • Adjust salt and spice to taste.
  •  Throw in Cleaned shrimp / prawn and cook it medium heat 3 ~ 5 minutes till water from gravy evaporates and mixture turns to thick gravy consistency. At this stage cook this gravy in low heat. Stir in between.
  • Mean while, boil 9 ~ 10 cups of water in high heat. when it boils vigorously add soaked rice, 1 tsp of oil and 1 tsp of salt. ( don't lower the heat)
  • After 5 ~ 6 minutes or When rice boils, strain the water in a bowl.
  • Add the half cooked rice to the prepared briyani gravy and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle saffron water or food color water over the rice and cover with lid and dhum with the hot rice starch water. ( You can refer this link for pictorial)
  • Let it be in low heat for another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • After 5 minutes, gently mix the rice and gravy, serve with any raitha.

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  1. Yum yum yum!! My fav one :) Looks too good!!

  2. Delicious biriyani Saraswathi, is it rice flour is okay for your event or you need only rice recipes.

  3. Wat a flavourful briyani,definitely worth to try.

    Cant take my eyes from ur clicks dear.

  4. Shrimp biriyani always rocks.super bowl.

  5. wow professionally made, drooling:-)

  6. Looks fantastic.. Very colorful.

  7. mouthwatering biryani nice picturee....

  8. Am drooling seeing the pictures.. Tempting biryani...

  9. Fabulous Briyani...

  10. Droool Droool Droool......luv it.

  11. Wow im so tempted to taste some...looks so appetising...

  12. wow...yummy n tempting biriyani....

  13. I am loving it... Drooling here like anything...

  14. Truly a very exotic biryani...loved it

  15. Lipsmacking good biryani...

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  16. Awesome Saraswathy.I am drooling here..Absolutely perfect recipe and what fabulous clicks to go with it !

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  18. Wow! Nice Click and looks delicious too.

  19. thanks alot for your receipe...it came awesome... i made it now and it tastes super...by the way its my 1st cooked biryani :)

  20. Being a professional biryani chef, I can vouch this recipe as very authentic traditional hyderabadi prawns biryani. Thanks a lot for sharing your recipe and keep up the good work !

  21. I arrived at your website looking for pictures of some delicious looking biryanis .. and your page caught my attention. Wow! Your biryani looks so professional - both in looks and recipe wise!

    Thanks for sharing your kitchen experiments !

  22. There is one big mistake in this recipe. Never put half cooked rice into the shrim gravy or any biryani which you are making. When you put half cook rice for dum then your biryani will never come up good as the rice needs moisture to cook properly. So put 80% cooked rice for dum not half cooked. If you put half cooked rice then your rice in biryani will be raw and would not taste good.

  23. Hi ...I tried your recipe and was very tasty. Now it is my favorite and it gives a feel like eating some restaurant food. wow really really yummy. Thank you

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