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shrimp biryani with raita and lime wedges
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Shrimp Biryani - Instant Pot

Spicy and delicate, full-flavored meal, made with fragrant basmati rice and shrimp!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Shrimp Biryani
Servings: 5
Calories: 546kcal


  • 2 cups long grain basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8-10 black peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic grated
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 russet potato cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 teaspoon mild red chili powder I used Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound extra large Shrimp 20 (frozen, no need to thaw)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro for garnish


  • Rinse and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 20 mins. Drain the rice after 20 mins.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté(More) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add ghee. Add cumin seeds, peppercorn and bay leaves. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and mix well. Cook covered with a glass lid on for 3-4 mins, until the onions are translucent and light golden in color.
  • Add ginger, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well.
  • Add shrimp, rice and 2 cups of water. Mix well, making sure all the rice is under the liquids.
  • Close Instant Pot lid with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(low pressure) for 4 mins followed by 3 minute natural pressure release. 
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot with raita and lime wedges.



Updated Notes- 
Although the video shows 6 minutes pressure cooking, for shrimp low pressure cooking works better and hence I have updated the new cook time using low pressure mode.
When short of time, you can also skip the pre-soaking of the rice. The new cook time is tested to work well for long grain basmati rice. 


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 2063mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 4.2mg
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