Prawn Potli Biryani (Prawns & Fragrant Rice Steam Cooked in Plantain Leaf)

"Prawn Potli Biryani" is prepared with fragrant rice and spicy prawns parceled inside a banana leaf, fried on tawa to infuse the flavors of banana leaf and served hot with raita.

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500 Grams Prawns (Peeled, Deveined, Washed) 
300 Grams Basmati or Jasmine Rice
6 Tender Plantain Leaves
1 Large Onion (Finely Chopped)
3 Green Chilies Slit
1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
2 Pods Cardamom
2 Cloves
1 Tbsp Green Chilly Masala Paste ( Please click here for recipe)
1/2 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk
1 Cup Milk
Salt as per taste
Oil and Ghee as required
Lime Juice, Freshly Chopped Mint and Coriander for garnish

Heat a wok on medium flame with 2 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee.
Add whole spices to the oil and ghee fry till the spices splutter.
Add green chilly masala, onion and chilies fry all the ingredients.

Add chilly powder and turmeric powder fry till raw flavor reduces add 1/4 cup water and cook until the onion soften and moisture reduces.

Add prawns and stir to coat the masala add salt as per taste toss.
Add 1/2 cup coconut milk and stir cover and cook on high flame for 5 minutes.

Once the prawns have cooked remove from flame and reserve.
Wash the rice thrice and soak for 15 minutes.
Heat a pressure cooker on low flame add 2 tbsp ghee.

Once the ghee melts, drain the excess moisture from rice and add to the cooker fry for a minute.

Add salt as per taste along with coconut milk, milk and water stir and cover the cooker place a whistle and cook on high flame for 3 whistles.

Ratio for rice and liquid: for 2  cup measure of rice I've added 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup milk and 1 cup water.

Once the rice has cooked fluff the rice using a rubber spatula or fork.Wash the banana leaf and pat dry.

Place 2 cups cooked rice and top with prawn masala fold to create a parcel. Layer another banana leaf and create parcel. this is ensure the rice and prawns are secure inside and the leaf should not tear apart while frying.

Heat a pan on medium flame with 2 tbsp ghee and place the parcel on the pan and cover with a tight lid fry for 5 minutes on each side.

Once the banana leaf has shrunk and fried remove from flame serve right away with yogurt raita and enjoy...😋


  1. Dear sista how much salt to be added for the above pulao. As i m new to cooking n newly married I go wrong in salt measurement especially in biryanis . Except for your ghee rice where u have given exact salt measurement n I followed to the T. Oh my the result was yummy o yummy restaurant style ghee rice. Please ka put salt measurement in your blog for the upcoming recipes. N expecting a Lott of biryani recipes from you. Please reply.



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