Indian Shrimp Pulao for Valentine’s Day#SundaySupper

There are certain days in the year when you’re looking forward to spending more time outside the kitchen than inside.And for days like those, easy one pot meals are the perfect solution.Throw in some exotic spices and you have one special meal that stands out and yet looks like you’ve slogged all day!My Shrimp Pulao is one such dish that’s versatile enough to be served as your cozy meal at home or as a stunning centerpiece at a party!Its perfect for day’s like the Valentine’s Day when your looking to cook something special for your loved ones and still get to enjoy your time!

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We love seafood in our family and Shrimp has been a favorite for quite sometime!I always have a pack of Frozen Cooked Shrimp sold at Trader Joe’s in my freezer and it comes in handy especially in the weeknights.I use it in my soups, pastas, quick curry or my Shrimp Pulao!Of course,fresh Shrimp would taste even better!Whether you have unexpected guests or you’ve been asked to bring a main dish for a potluck, this Pulao never fails!

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The addition of whole spices add the exotic Indian touch to this dish and the Coriander and Mint flavor it beautifully.Serve with a Raita and a simple salad for a special one pot meal this Valentine’s Day!

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Indian Shrimp Pulao


  • White Basmati Rice-1 1/2 cups
  • Water-3 Cups
  • Shrimp-1 lb (fresh or frozen)
  • Ghee or Butter-1 tsp
  • Vegetable Oil-2 tbsp
  • Green Cardamom-3 pods
  • Cloves-3
  • Cinnamon-1/2 inch
  • Onion- 1 medium sliced
  • Ginger-1/2 inch crushed
  • Garlic-3 cloves crushed
  • Tomato Puree-1 cup
  • Ground Cumin-1 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder-1 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander-1/2 cup chopped
  • Fresh Mint-1/2 cup chopped
  • Salt- to taste


  1. Soak the rice in water for 30 mins.If using frozen Shrimp,defrost and rinse.Keep aside.
  2. In a deep pot heat the Ghee and Oil.
  3. Add the Cardamom, Cloves and Cinnamon.Let it flavor the oil for about a minute.
  4. Add sliced onions.Saute until slightly golden.
  5. Add the crushed ginger and garlic.Saute for a minute.
  6. Add the ground cumin, ground coriander,red chili and stir on low heat until fragrant.
  7. Add the tomato puree and the chopped coriander and mint and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the drained rice, water and salt.Check for seasonings.Bring to a boil.Reduce the heat on low.
  9. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  10. After 10 mins,arrange the Shrimp on top of the rice.Close the lid back and cook for another 5 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  11. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot with Raita and Salad!Enjoy!

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  1. Oh, yum! I used to keep the TJ’s shrimp in my freezer for the same reason–so versatile and easy to make dinner. This recipe looks really yummy
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  2. That looks so very good and perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!
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  3. Soni…I just made this…DELICIOUS!!!
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  4. I am much the same way…I like to keep a bag or two of shrimp in the freezer. It makes for quick and delicious meals. This sounds SO good – I may make it for lunch this weekend!
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  5. You had me at shrimp, Soni! Spice combo sounds so good!
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  6. Soni, I’ve never had shrimp made with such wonderful spices. This is one of those dishes that the smell of it gets your mouth watering before you start eating. A great dish!
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  7. Yum! I love these kinds of dishes!
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  8. What a gorgeous dish!
    I love spicy flavoursome food and I am sure this would be delicious.
    Thanks for sharing :)
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  9. Soni, this looks divine, and so full of flavor–my husband would love this! Have a fabulous Valentine’s day.
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  10. Caroline Taylor says:

    This is a lovely idea, great colours and flavours.

  11. This dish looks fantastic! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family :) ~ Bea
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  12. We love seafood here as well! I love this! it looks so good!
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  13. Yay for easy, delicious one pot meals. This one looks amazing, Soni. I love having frozen shrimp in the freezer so that I always have a quick meal on hand. I can’t wait to try this dish.
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  14. Yummy quick fix p; it!!
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  15. Soni, this meal looks wonderful. I love how simple, yet flavorful, it is. Yum!

  16. This dish looks fantastic! I love all the spices you added in here. . definitely going to try this! We love shrimp and Basmati Rice! Beautifully made.
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  17. I love one pot dishes! With my crazy life, having a simple, yet delicious dish is perfect to me! Your recipe looks wonderful, we love shrimp too:-) Hugs, Terra
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  18. Wow, this sounds so flavorful and delicious.
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  19. Now I am craving shrimp! Such a beautiful dish, Soni!
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  20. Spicy, shrimp filled and delicious :D

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  21. Such a beautiful plate of food! I am loving the flavor combo: sounds fantastic. :)
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  22. I love all the spices in this dish, very much something my whole family would love!
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  23. This looks exactly like something I’d make just for me!
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  24. What a great combination of spices – this dish looks gorgeous!
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  25. I’m always looking for potluck dishes. Love that this one has Indian flavors. Can’t wait for my next event so I can bring this!
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  26. I love the flavors in this recipe. I have almost all of the ingredients to make this at home! YUM!
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  27. Sounds and looks incredible! I will definitely have to share this with my paleo friends. Thanks for sharing, beautiful as usual!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow
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  28. This is one of my favorite Indian dishes. I’m going to a pot luck tomorrow and I keep seeing ideas of what to bring, and this is now my first choice. I love, love, love it!
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  29. The flavors here sound amazing, so tasty! I love this type of dish, so spicy. And I can never get tired of rice.
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  30. I love all the spices you use in this dish!
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  31. Looks delish! Anything with shrimp works for me. And I love your flavor combinations.
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  32. Oh how lovely! I love dishes like this that are full of flavor but easy to make!
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  33. I love Spices! This looks so good. It is on my must try list for sure!!
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  34. I have been telling my husband for days to get me prawns. Argh I wish he had brought some. I want your prawns pulao!!! =P
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  35. Wow! What a collection of spices in this dish! It sounds great.
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  36. All those wonderful spices! And shrimp too. It’s a favorite of mine for anytime, especially on those busy days I need to make a quick dinner.
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  37. Wow!! It looks great!! I’m a huge fan of rice, shrims, spices… this is a must-try for me!!
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  38. Oh I have been craving Indian food big time and my craving just got worse looking at this recipe.
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  39. Rice is a staple in my kitchen as are the spices you’ve mentioned. My husband is a big shrimp fan so thanks to your TJ tip, frozen shrimp may soon be a staple, too.

    Thank you, Soni, for yet another wonderful and healthy recipe =)


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