Kolambi Bhaat | How to make Kolambi Bhaat

By Chandrima Sarkar  |  10th Apr 2016  |  
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About Kolambi Bhaat Recipe

Kolambi bhaat is a spicy and delicious Maharashtrian one pot meal. In this dish the coconut milk infused rice grains are beautifully blended with aromatic traditional spices. The flavourful bites of prawns make this dish a unique experience for sea-food lovers!

Kolambi Bhaat

Ingredients to make Kolambi Bhaat

  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Small or medium sized Prawns - 400 grams
  • Slitted green chillies- 4
  • garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • ginger paste- 1 tsp
  • onions - 2 (finely chopped)
  • tomatoes - 2 (chopped)
  • Black pepper powder - 3/4 tsp
  • turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • coriander powder - 1tsp
  • cumin Powder- 1tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • coconut milk - 1 cup
  • water - 1 cup
  • coriander/cilantro leaves - 1 tbsp (chopped)
  • Vegetable oil - 6 tbsp
  • Ghee/clarified butter - 2 tbsp
  • sugar - 2 tsp
  • star anise - 1
  • bay leaves - 2
  • curry leaves - 4 sprigs
  • peas - 1/2 cup
  • salt to taste

How to make Kolambi Bhaat

  1. Wash the rice well and keep aside.
  2. Rub salt and 1/2 tsp teaspoon of turmeric powder on the freshly washed pieces of prawns. Heat 6 tbsp oil in a deep bottomed pan (non-stick preferably)and shallow fry the prawns for two minutes on medium flame. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Temper the remaining oil with star anise, bay leaves and curry leaves, stir for 4-5 seconds. Add the chopped onions, sauté them on medium flame until light brown in colour. Now add garlic paste and sauté for few seconds more.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, green chillies, ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well. With the help of a spatula mash the tomatoes a little.
  5. Fry on medium flame until the masala starts leaving oil. Now add the washed rice. Mix well, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame.
  6. Next, add coconut milk. Mix, cover and cook on low flame for 5-6 minutes. Stir in between. Add water, peas, ghee, black pepper powder, sugar and garam masala powder. Mix well. Cover and cook until the rice is done.
  7. Keep stirring occasionally so that it cooks uniformly and doesn't form lumps. Add prawns when rice is almost cooked.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Remove from heat. Keep it covered after the cooking to get the nice aroma when you are going to have it!
  9. Serve hot with yogurt or raita.

My Tip:

Stir the rice gently, otherwise the rice grains will break.

Reviews for Kolambi Bhaat (1)

Shilpi lala3 years ago

This is an exceptional recipe! cant wait to try :D