Prawn and Basil Rice Flavored with Nutmeg

Iowa City has a fantastic Farmer’s Market and I’m dying for it to open in 2011. I’m tucking this one away for when the tables are lined with piles and piles of fresh basil.


Ingredients: (serves- 4)

Prawns- 500gms cleansed

Basmati rice- 2 cups soaked in water for 1 hour.

Garlic – 8 cloves coarsely crushed

Ginger- 1 inch crushed

Green chillies – 6 (optional for those who need heat otherwise season with a little pepper)

Tomato – 1 medium sized chopped

Onion – 2 medium sliced finely

Fresh Basil leaves-2 handful leaves chopped coarsely

Lime juice- from 1 whole lime

Bay leaves – 3 whole (fresh or dry)

Cloves – 4

Nutmeg powder – ½ teaspoon

Red bell pepper- 1/4th julienned for garnish

Salt to taste

Butter – 2 tablespoons



1. Cook rice in 3 and ½ cups of water. Keep aside with lid on. At this point it might be just a little under cooked but that’s ok we’ll do the finisher with our prawns.

2. Sauté bay leaves and clove in butter. Add onions and sauté till transparent.

3. Add garlic and ginger and cook for a few mins.

4. Add tomato and cook till mushy.

5. Pour in lime juice, nutmeg powder and adjust salt.

6. Mix well. Add prawns and cook on a high flame till the prawns are slightly pink and just purrfectly cooked.

7. Add rice and chopped basil leaves. Toss the mixture on high heat till even.

8. Garnish with red bell pepper and basil leaves.

9. Serve hot. No accompaniments needed!!! J


Tips n Tricks:

· Cook the rice in freshly made prawns stock to get the ultimate flavours J

· And if you don’t have basil, try it with mint, that’s finger lickin good too!!

From: Cardamom Hills



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