Jhat Pat Shrimp Pulao Recipe
Many of you may be more familiar with the Indian biryani dishes. But what differentiates a biryani from a pulao is that in a biryani, all the ingredients are cooked separately, then layered together and finally baked. In contrast, a pulao combines all of the ingredients together in one cooking pot - which is then cooked directly on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker or rice cooker.
Although authentic & traditional biryanis are quite labor intensive, most people think making pulaos is also equally complicated. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! My Jhat Pat Shrimp Pulao is so simple to prepare & delicious to eat – making this the absolute perfect recipe for a quick, one-pot weeknight meal or for entertaining last minute dinner guests. In Marathi, “jhat pat” means quickly ☺.
JHAT PAT SHRIMP PULAO (Quick & Easy Weeknight Shrimp Pilaf)
1½ cups Basmati rice
½ lb medium shrimp, peeled & de-veined
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1” piece of ginger, peeled & finely grated
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
½ tsp turmeric (haldi)
½ tsp red chili powder, to taste
½ tsp ground coriander powder
½ tbsp pulao masala (or garam masala)
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
1½ to 2 tbsp ghee or oil (vegetable), divided & as needed
juice of ½ lemon
freshly chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
Wash the Basmati rice under cold water, swishing through the grains with your hand & pouring off any cloudy water. Keep repeating this process until the water is clear. Then add enough water to just cover the Basmati rice & let it soak for about 15-20 minutes. Drain well before use.
In a large heavy bottomed pan on medium heat, add about the ghee. When hot, add the cumin seeds along with the bay leaf. Let the cumin seeds sizzle for about a minute or so before adding in the onions along with the garlic & ginger. Stir well & let the onions cook until soft & translucent. Then add in the turmeric, red chili powder, ground coriander powder & pulao masala. Mix well & let cook for just a couple of minutes before adding in the rice. Gently stir, making sure the rice grains are well coated with the fragrant spices & aromatics. Once the rice has a nutty & fragrant aroma, add in the shrimp. Mix gently to combine all of the ingredients together & then add in the vegetable stock or water. Bring to a good boil, cover & let simmer on low for about 18-20 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked through. Then remove the pot completely off the heat & allow to rest for 5 minutes or so before serving. Fluff the rice gently with a fork to separate the grains. Finish the dish with a drizzle of lemon juice over the top & garnish with the cilantro leaves. Serve immediately & enjoy!
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