Friday, 26 August 2011

Steamed Rice And Prawn Pie

Seen those bamboo steamers that are such a rage these days? Well, a few weeks back I happened to go travelling to the interiors of India and what do you know, the tribal have always been cooking with them. Infact, I happened to meet a very accommodating local who within a matter of minutes, chiseled out for me, my very own bamboo steamer. Yup, custom made! How cool is that? Anyways, today I decided to put the steamer to good use and baked my self a yummy steamed rice n prawn pie.

Here is what you need,

  • 1 cup Basmati rice or small grain rice (which ever is handy) soaked in water for a couple of hours
  • 5 cups of coconut milk (You could also use 3 cups coconut milk with 2 cups water if you like)
  • Pinch of sal
  • 1 cup cooked prawns
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder/paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • a small piece of ginger, finely grated
  • a small knob of butter, melted

  1. In blender, mix together the pre soaked rice with coconut milk until a very smooth and runny batter is formed.
  2. Add the salt to it and mix really well. Keep aside.
  3. In a pan, pour a little oil and saute the onions until they turn translucent.
  4. Now add the garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of minutes.
  5. To this, add the paprika/chili powder, salt and the turmeric powder and fry until the raw smell disappears.
  6. Now tip in the cooked prawns and mix until everything is well coated with the spices.
  7. In a greased cake tray, pour half of the rice batter and allow it to steam for 10 minutes or up until it cooks and becomes firm.
  8. Then, lay down the prawns in a layer on top of the cooked rice batter and pour half of the remaining batter on top.
  9. Steam it for 5 minutes and then quickly pour the rest of the batter on top.
  10. Steam for a further 10 minutes or up until the pie is fully cooked. You could try the toothpick test to check if the pie is cooked.
  11. Remove from the steamer and give the pie a butter wash.
  12. Let the pie cool before transferring it to your serving dish.
  13. Enjoy!! Yum!

PS: I know it looks a little minimalistic and plain jane, but the flavour of the prawn and the melt in your mouth consistency of the pie more than makes up for it.


  1. What a nice presentation!! Very creative and clever!

  2. Gee thanks! Though I dont really think much of my photography skills. :P

  3. This is awesome! Thank you for dropping by chez nous.

  4. I love the idea of using the steamer in this way. Very, very darn clever. Thanks for the tip!

  5. @ Tori

    :) Thank you. The bamboo steamers are awesome. I seem to feel the veggies seem to retain the crunch better in it. :)

  6. Ive never seen anything like this CC, your recent recipes have all been fabulous and i truly want to try them all! Stunning and i can imagine the flavours in this must be fantassticcc

  7. @ Sasha

    Gee thanks! I'm glad you like them. Lemme know if you try them out though. I'm positive you will adore it. :)


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