Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kolambi Bhaat/ Prawn Rice with Orange Raita


fresh seafood meal

"Kolambi Bhaat"/Prawns Rice is an authentic cuisine from Maharashtra. This delectable and savory dish of Prawns and Rice is extremely flavorful and rich with a variety of spices , herbs and grated fresh coconut. A few months ago when I first saw this recipe in my favorite khana khazana show ,I instantly fell in love with it . This is an adapted version of the original recipe; I have prepared this dish with my own choice of ingredients and a delicious Orange Raita to go along with it. The preparation takes some time as it involves "Dum" cooking/Dum pukht, to be precise , which is  a slow ,time-based method of cooking in which the pot or the container is completely sealed and the contents inside is cooked in "Dum" or steam to retain the flavors of the dish. Prepare this dish for lunch or dinner, for any special occasions/guest invitations. 



Preparation time :  40  to 45 minutes
Cooking time : 35 to 40 minutes
Serves : 4





Ingredients :
  • 12 to 16 medium sized Prawns
  • 1 n 1/2 cups of Basmati Rice , I have used normal rice as I ran out of the same :-)
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 3 big tbsp of homemade mint-coriander chutney, check out the ingredients below
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Black cardamom/Badi elaichi
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 n 1/2 cups of warm water + 1/2 cup 100% fat free Half n Half (can substitute Half n Half with thick coconut milk )
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, as required

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    Ingredients for Green Chutney:
    • 1/2 cup mint leaves
    • 1 and 1/2 cup coriander leaves
    • a handful roasted ground nuts
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted
    • 2" piece ginger, sliced
    • 1 medium sized red onion, chopped 
    • 2 green chilies, with very little heat, mostly used for flavors
    • juice of  half a lemon
    • Salt to taste
    • 1 tbsp of oil

    Ingredients for Orange Raita :
    • 2 oranges, sliced into cubes
    • 1 cup of curd
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • a pinch of chat masala, optional







    Directions :

    method 1
    • Soak rice in cold water for at least half an hour, drain water and keep aside. This helps the rice to expand and doesn't break while cooking.
    • In the mean time , de-shell and de-vein the Prawns, I have kept the tails as it adds more flavor to the dish, you can discard if needed. Marinade the Prawns with a pinch of salt and a tbsp of lemon juice, keep aside.
    • For the chutney, add all the ingredients in the blender , make a  coarse paste , need not to blend very fine. Use 3 large tablespoons of this chutney and keep the rest for later use, else adjust the amount of  ingredients as need be. I prepared this chutney for morning breakfast, everybody loved it so much I thought of trying the same in this dish.
    • In the blender add half a cup of grated fresh coconut, 3 large tablespoons of the chutney, blend to a fine paste adding a little water.
    method 2  
    • Heat a tbsp of oil in the pan, add the bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, when you get a nice smell of the spices, add the masala to it and fry for 2 to 3 minutes by constant stirring.
    • Add the Prawns, mix well with the spices and let cook for a minute or so .
    method 3
    • Next, add the soaked rice with 2 and 1/2 cups of luke warm water and 1/2 cup of 100% fat free half n half/heavy coconut milk, add salt if required (since the chutney already have salt in it),  gently stir the ingredients together .Once it comes to a boil, cover and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on medium-high heat . Note: Use twice the amount of water  as the  amount of rice. Since I added 1/2 cup of half n half , reduced the amount of water accordingly.
    method4
    • After 7 to 8 minutes of boiling on medium high heat, the amount of water will reduce to the above consistency. Next you need to keep the rice on "Dum" on the lowest heat settings for 22 to  25 minutes. Note: To keep the pan air tight , I have used a sheet of aluminium foil to cover and closed the lid on top of it.
    • Serve hot with Raita or any side dish of your choice. I have prepared Orange Raita to go along with it.




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    101 comments:

    1. Orange raita sounds very interesting n innovative! Congrats on your award too!! Wish u good luck!!
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    2. What a pretty tempting combo there Sonali...I loved all your clicks..It's a very innovative and unique post to share..hugs,

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    3. Hey Sonali kolambi bhaat looks yummy although I say my mum makes the best kolambi bhat in the world yours is also super inviting. Will surely try.

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      1. hey Supriya....mums r always the best....however we try , we can't beat them...what say !!!

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    4. Delicious recipe!
      Orange Raita sounds very proudly.

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    5. Just yum...can almost smell the recipe...wish I could get a scoop now!

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    6. hi sonali. oooooo so delicious looking, but i just can admire this, cant cook, cos i know its not easy to follow the cooking technique you showed here.
      happy sunday

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    7. Very flavorful rice! Prawns and shrimps are favorite to me!

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      1. Thanks katerina...glad u liked it !!!!!

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    8. Oh how nice this recipe sounds! I can imagine it is very flavorful.

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    9. The chutney rice mixture does look tasty, it is a very unique creation. I do need to start thinking of more ways to amp up the flavor of rice, rice is such a good base for a lot of things. Also, the orange raita is something not to be skipped in this dish. Delicious!

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      1. Thank dear Tina...glad u liked it :-)

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    10. Wow what a delicious combo !! Looks very tasty :)
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    11. WOW!!! The flavors sounds fantastic, looks yummy. Orange raita sounds interesting too. Congratulations on your award!

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    12. Beautiful pictures and the recipe sounds yummy! Sad that few weeks ago I developed allergic reactions to shrimps :(
      Will try your recipe with fish, thanks for sharing..

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    13. Awesome recipe and pics!Totally droolworthy :)Have a great weekend!

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    14. Thanks for the award Sonali!

      As usual, ur recipe is wonderful and I must try this one too.. tht orange raita is a winner!

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    15. This dish looks very tempting ! Chutney itself is yummy as a side dish and together with rice and prawn , I'm sure it tastes fantastic as it looks :D The orange raita looks very refreshing and colorful and really compliments your delicious prawn rice !

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    16. Beautiful clicks...lovely recipe...Love your space...glad to be your follower

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      1. Thanks for the follow dear...following u back :-)

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    17. so tempting n innovative rice....lovely recipe Sonali...

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    19. It is incredible that you find so many yummy seafood recipes.
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    20. I love prawns, this looks delicious! I like the idea of the orange raita!

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    21. Amazing dish. I think you should be appointed brand ambassador by the Dept. of Fisheries!

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      1. ha ha ...well said !!!do u know somebody form there :):):)

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    22. Wow..luv prawns biryani...i must try this version..Super yummy.

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    23. What a lovely dish. You are such a good cook!

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    24. Orange Raita is creative.. rice looks comforting... Sonali!


      -Mythreyi
      Yum! Yum! Yum!

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    25. Looks yummy
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    26. Thanks for the award Sonali!! you are a doll! :) and the prawn rice looks mouthwatering!

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    28. Loved your innovative raita and prawn rice.Congrats on your award too.

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    29. wow love that very different....keep going

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    30. amazing recipe...love your orange raita. very different n innovative.

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    31. Inviting platter, can imagine the flavours..Lovely combo.

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    32. very interesting and innovative recipes.. looks too good and colorful..thanks for sharing this lovely recipe...

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    33. very colorful and healhty dish..love the raita as well..

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    34. Such an innovative idea and that orange raita makes my mouth water!!
      Oh soooo gooood:)

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    35. Delicious rice with prawn..my fav. Orange raita is very new to me..Kudos gal

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    36. delicious!!!!!!!!love the combo.....yummy meal.

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    37. So scrumptious and congrats on your award too!

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    38. This dish looks just amazing! I love your pics!

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    39. What a creative combo! Love the idea of pairing orange raita with spicy pulao...

      Next on my check list.

      Congrats on the award...I love your site. When I thought about all the websites, yours sprang to my mind instantly.

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    40. Thanks for popping by my blog!

      What a great website I've discovered. Cheers from your newest follower!

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      1. Thanks a ton dear for letting me know :-)

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    42. Looks so interesting never tried raita with orange will def give a tryy

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    43. Oh, this looks heavenly!!!

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    44. Orange raita !! what a creativity !! Flavoury rice with prawn in it...yummy platter

      Deepa
      Hamaree Rasoi

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    45. This looks fantastic! I love prawns and must give this dish a try! Love the raita!

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    46. Super rice recipe and of course orange raita sounds super cool..And thanks a ton for thinking of me Cheers!!!

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    47. I do like that orange raita, that's a new one to me. Looks very refreshing. A.

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    48. You have been nominated for an award on my blog sweetie! Have a fabulous week!

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      1. Thanks for passing on the award...I really appreciate it !!!!!

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    49. Oh My God... I love prawns n definitely this makes to droolllll

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    50. Hope your issue with the blog home page has been solved. There is a surprise for you at my blog :)

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      1. no dear....its not yet resolved :-( thnx for asking :-) n Thanks for the award dear :-)

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    51. Oh my this prawn rice looks awesome Sonali....could I taste some of it please???? Thanks for the award dear....following you in Pinterest....happy pinning to us...:-)

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      1. Thanks dear Suchi for the follow!!!!!I'm already following ur space using GFC :-)

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    52. Hi Sonali ,

      I'm Punitha

      http://www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

      First time in your space. very interesting and innovative recipes..

      looks too good and colorful..

      Do visit my blog at your free time Sonali:)

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    53. Thanks so much for linking up this deliciousness on our Fabulous Friday link party. Have a great weekend.

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