30 December 2012,22:30 by
Ponmathi Srilekha.S

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In order to make your father surprise and make it happy on his birthday, you should cook the Prawn and Spinach Pilau. This is a healthy recipe that is made of nutritional ingredients such as fresh spinach, nutmeg, white pepper, lemon peel, bay leaves, and olive oil.
Serves :

Preparation Time :
30 minutes

Cooking Time :
1 hour 15 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Peel the prawns and put the heads and shells into a large pan with the lemon peel, herbs and peppercorns.
  • Add the cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and reserve the stock.
  • Wash the fresh spinach, then chop off and discard the tough stalks. Shred finely. Thawed frozen spinach only needs to be squeezed to extract moisture, and then chopped.
  • Measure and note the volume of rice, rinse in boiling water and soak in fresh boiled water for 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook gently for about 5 minutes, until starting to soften. Add the garlic and spinach and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain the rice and add to the pan, stirring until it gleams with a light coating of oil, then grate over a generous amount of nutmeg.
  • Measure out the same volume of prawn stock as the rice and pour over the rice. Season well, bring quickly to the boil, bubble for 10 seconds, and then reduce the heat.
  • Add the prawns, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat, stir the contents of the pan, then cover and leave for 5 minutes to fluff the rice.
  • Serve immediately. 


  • 750 grams cooked, impeded prawns
  • 2 inch piece lemon peel 
  • 6 parsley sprigs 
  • 2 thyme sprig 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 10 white peppercorns, lightly crushed 
  • 2 liter water 
  • 1 kilogram fresh spinach 
  • 750 grams long-grain rice 
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 
  • Freshly grated nutmeg 
  • Maldon or sea salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper

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