Persian Spicy Prawn and Rice

Geographically Persian Gulf form southern border of Iran. Therefore, seafood is a significant part of diet of inhabitants of the provinces that are located around the Persian Gulf.

Today I have made the Persian Gulf style prawn & rice. Prawn is called ‘ maygoo’ in Persian language. This is an easy dish, just make it and eat it. Spicy ( but not tooooo hot), with lovely colour and flavourful.

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Ingredients

200g Persian or Basmati rice

300g prawn or shrimp

2cups coriander (cilantro), freshly chopped

1 onion, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, grated

3tbsp tomato paste

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp ground pepper

Salt to taste

Butter or oil

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Method

Rinse prawn (shrimp) with cold water and set aside.

Wash the rice. In a non stick pot with salted water and rice add oil (butter). Bring it to a boil. Add tomato paste give a stir. Add chopped coriander. Cover the pot and simmer the rice for about 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat.

 

Meanwhile. Heat the oil (butter) in a saucepan and sauté onion until tender. Add prawn and fry it for 5 minutes. Add grated garlic and all above mentioned spices to the prawn and cook for 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

 

Sprinkle prawn mixture on rice and mix together.

Serve with salad or pickles.

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