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Prawn Coconut Milk Curry


Being a seafood lover, I and my family love prawns to the core. But there are sometimes, when I feel very lazy and think to finish the cooking fast, and in the same hand wanted the food to taste good, heavenly, and yum. Here is one such way of cooking where the cooking is made easy and finished earlier with a lovely texture, aroma and taste. Let me share the recipe…

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Prawn coconut milk curry


  • Prawn – ½ kg
  • Onions – 2 nos
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Black lentil – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Coconut milk – 150 ml
  • Cumin powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Prawn coconut milk curry –


  • Peel and roughly chop the onions and tomatoes.
  • Chop the garlic into small pieces.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in kadai, add the chopped onions and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for few mins.
  • Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Remove it from fore, bring it room temperature and grind it to a fine paste by adding water.
  • Heat the leftover oil in the same kadai, add the mustard, split black lentil and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the garlic and cook until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the prawns followed by salt and pour the ground masala with ½ cup of water, cover and cook for 3 to 4 mins.
  • Remove the lid and pour the coconut milk, cook for few mins or until the oil separates and floats on the top of the gravy.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with any variety rice or steamed rice.

Chicken Biryani – Tamil Nadu Style



I use to prepare this chicken briyani, once in a while. Since my hubby loves a lot. I never wish to have briyani, but later after marriage when I come to know that my hubby’s favourite is Briyani. I started to cook Briyani and the most important I too started to love Briyani.

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Chicken Biryani - TamilNadu Style

Chicken Biryani – TamilNadu Style


  • Chicken – ½ Kg
  • Long grained (Basmathi) rice – 3 cups
  • Onions – 2 ½ nos
  • Tomato – 1 ½ nos
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Coriander leaves – a bunch
  • Mint leaves – a bunch
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger – 6 cloves
  • Garlic – 1 “inch stick
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Cinnamon – 1” inch stick
  • Bay leaves – 2 nos
  • Star anise – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Chicken Biryani – TamilNadu Style –


  • Finely chop onions, tomatoes, coriander and mint leaves. Slit the green chillies.Crush ginger and garlic.
  • Wash and soak the for about 10 mins in water.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed bowl.
  • Add all the spices (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and bay leaf), wait until it splutter for 5 mins.
  • Add the green chillies, ginger and garlic, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the coriander and mint leaves, cook until they turn dark green in color.
  • Add the onions, cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt, cook for a min or until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the chicken, cook for 2 mins.
  • Add the rice, salt and pour water, give a gentle stir.
  • Cover and cook or pressure cook for 2 whistles once the water starts boiling, by adding 3 drops of lemon juice.
  • Release the lid when pressure releases or remove the lid when the rice is cooked.
  • Give a stir and serve hot.

Serve hot with onion raita, gravy.