Prawn khichadi (pulav/pilaf/poolav)

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
20 min
This is NOT just a recipe, it's a Family Heirloom passed down from generations and cooked with great relish by my mother-in-law and her mum who is now 82 years old and still can stir up a some to-die-for finger licking dishes !
But before I start off rattling the ingredient list, a ''slice'' of some history about the origin of this rice and prawn union. Coastal cuisine in the western Indian state of Maharashtra relished by the Maharahstrian community relies heavily on the use of all versions of the coconut.


Number of serving: 4
Prawns or Koolambi as they are called in Marathi - 500gm

Plain rice - I use basmati , I use 2.5 cup measures of my rice cooker measure

Bay leaves -3-4

''Goda'' Masala

Tumeric Powder

Red Chilli powder

Half a slice

Cooking Oil

Salt to taste

Ginger and Garlic Paste

Wet coconut grated and make a fine puree with it - the wet coconut is available as a frozen product at any Indian Grocery store - use about a handful.

Two Large red onions finely sliced

Cinnamon (Dalchini)- 3-4 large bits

Few cloves

Green Masala - Use a bunch or coriander and 2 green chillies and give them a spin in the mixer , store this fine paste in the freezer and use as and when needed, it's one of the most basic marination masala's in most Maharashtrian non veg dishes especially sea food.


  • On a pan on low heat saute one finely chopped onion and the fresh wet grated coconut till the onions starts to caramelise, after this cools give it a spin in the mixer and make a fine paste.

    Marinate the washed rice in some the above wet grated coconut and onion paste,some goda masala, a squeeze of half of a lime,salt ,ginger & garlic paste and some Cinnamon. Keep Aside.

    De vein Prawns , wash under tap water and marinate with red chilli powder,turmeric and green masala.
  • Take oil in a vessel and saute the marinated prawns for 1-2 minutes.
  • Heat Oil in a vessel big enough to cook the rice and prawns together that will hold the water as well , add the cloves , remaining cinnamon and one very finely chopped red onion, add the marinated rice and stir it , do this on a low flame.
  • Then add the marinated prawns and water , for rice dishes water is always double the measure of the rice used so for 2.5 cup measures of rice use 5 cups of water.
    Cover and cook on a low flame.
  • Serve piping hot with curd or pickle.
  • I generally serve this with a spicy Curry.
  • In a pan heat some oil and add asafoetida one pinch, add puree of 2-3 large red onions and one tomato and puree of 1 handful of wet grated coconut, season with red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, green masala, goda masala and cook on a low flame with enough water to ensure a thick curry, Amp up the red chilli powder and green masala to your level of tolerance of spicy food !


Prawn Khichadi (Pulav/Pilaf/Poolav), photo 1
Prawn Khichadi (Pulav/Pilaf/Poolav), photo 2


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