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.
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
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.