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Kolambichi Khichadi ( Prawns Pulav )

Kolambichi Khichadi is a Maharashtrian mainly CKP speciality with fresh prawns and rice along with aromatic spices.


500 gms prawns

2 cups basmati rice

2 medium chopped onions

Handful of green peas ( optional )

1 tsp thick tamarind pulp

1 tsp green vatan ( green chillies,coriander, 6-7 garlic cloves )

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp oil

Dry spices

2 cloves

2 bay leaves

8-10 pepper corns

1/2 inch Cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp red chilly powder

1/4 tsp garam masala


Clean & devein the prawns. Marinate with turmeric, 1tsp red chilly powder, green vatan, tamarind pulp & salt. Keep aside for 30 minutes.

Soak rice in water for 30 minutes.Then drain excess water from it.

Take oil in pan.When the oil gets hot put pepper corns,cloves, cinnamon stick & bay leaves.Then throw in chopped onions & saute for 5 minutes.Then put turmeric & the remaining red chilly powder to it.

Then mix the marinated prawns & then ginger garlic paste. Mix well.To this add the soaked rice & mix it. Mix the green peas. Now pour hot water to this mixture .Water should be a little less than double the quantity of rice as we are also adding coconut milk. Adjust the water quantity accordingly.

Mix well.When the water starts reducing, cover & cook for about 5 minutes. Check if the rice is cooked.Now add garam masala & 1 tsp of ghee & cover again for 5-7 minutes.Turn off the heat & keep it covered for 5 more minutes so that the aroma of prawns & rice is trapped inside.

Kolambi khichadi is ready. Serve hot along with raita or vegetable salad !!

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