Roast all the ingredients for the Spice Powder on a low flame. Cool it and grind to a
Take a thick bottomed Kadai and heat oil. Fry all the spices for the pulao for 30
Add onions and curry leaves and fry.
When the onion is soft, add Ginger Garlic paste and Tomato pieces. Fry well till
tomatoes become soft and pulpy.
Add the deveined and cleaned prawns,turmeric and Salt. Fry till the water stops oozing out
from the prawns and the prawns look like cashews, white and firm.
Now drain the soaked rice and add it to the prawn mixture, along with the slit green
Chillies. Fry carefully for 3-4 minutes so as not to break the grain of the rice.
If you are electing to use Curds or coconut milk, add it to the prawns along with the
Turmeric, and cook for a minute. Add the ground spice powder.
After the rice is fried well, add 3 cups of water, mix well and close the lid. Let it cook
on medium flame.
When the rice is nearly done, sprinkle the lemon juice and Kothmir over the rice, mix
carefully and leave it on a very low flame for 5-7 minutes. Then, put the stove off and
leave the pot undisturbed for 20 minutes.