An Indian meal in one pot

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I decided to try something new tonight. I had decided on prawns but I am bored of the usual stir fry or paella. My mum makes a great prawn pilau so I thought I’d have a go. I’m quite impressed with the result, probably not quite as good as hers but a pretty decent weeknight meal nevertheless. N is home late tonight so his plate is in the food warmer, fingers crossed he is as impressed as me! 

Prawn Pilau
(Serves 2 | total prep and cooking time 45 mins)


For the marinade – 2 tablespoons plain youghurt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch cayenne pepper, pinch garam masala, juice of 1/2 lemon  

For the rice
– 200g cooked prawns
– 1 small onion – diced
– 3 cloves garlic – finely chopped
– 1/2 inch piece of ginger – finely chopped
– 2 tomatoes – chopped
– 1/2 chilli – finely chopped
– 8 mushrooms – sliced 
– peas (however much you want) 
– 120-150g basmati rice (6 handfuls)
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– 1 teaspoon cumin powder
– 1 teaspoon coriander powder
– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 
– tablespoon chopped coriander 
– salt to taste 

– Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl
– stir in the prawns and make sure they are evenly covered by the marinade. Set aside
– cook the rice until 3/4 cooked (still slightly firm to taste)
– Fry the onions in a sauté pan. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and fry until brown
– Add the tomatoes and fry until the tomato softens and the juice separates 
– Add the mushrooms and peas and stir
– Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, paprika and tumeric and mix well. Fry for a few mins until it starts to take some colour 
– Meanwhile in a separate frying pan heat some oil and fry the prawns until the marinade dries out and the prawns start to turn brown 
– Add the prawns to the sauté pan and stir well
– Add the coriander and salt to taste. Stir
– Add the rice and a little water and mix well. Simmer until the rice is cooked 
– Serve with yoghurt

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