Recipe: Shrimp Pilav


by Pratibha

Pratibha runs the social development programs including Darpan and Social Action. She notes: “SHARE is unconventional in that we social workers do not design programs on our own. We work with the women, listen to them, get them to identify a problem and find a way to solve it. That is what I love about my work.”


  • 2 Tblsp. neutral vegetable oil (not olive oil)
  • 2 – 3 whole cloves
  • 2 – 3 whole black peppercorns
  • ½ inch cinnamon (whole, stick)
  • 1 Tblsp. cayenne or other ground hot red chili
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • ½ lb. large raw shrimp, trimmed and cleaned
  • 1 cup raw white rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


Heat 2 Tblsp. oil in a deep pan over medium heat.  Add cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon stick, cayenne and turmeric. Stir and add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add chopped onions and fry 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently especially at the beginning.  

Add chopped tomatoes, rice, and salt.  Stir in 1½ cup water and let it come to a boil.  Turn to low and cook for 5 minutes covered. Add shrimp, stir and cook for another 5-7 minutes or till the rice is cooked.


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