Semiya Chemmeen Pulao / Vermicelli and Prawn Pulao

Semiya Prawn Pulao

Ingredients (Serves 2 – 3)

1. Vermicelli / semiya (roasted) – 1.5 cups

2. Prawns (medium-large or large) – 18 – 20, halved (Around 300 gm cleaned)

3. Coconut oil / ghee – 1.5 tbsp

4. Cardamom – 2, cloves – 3, cinnamon stick – 1/2inch

5. Onion – 3/4 cup, chopped

6. Ginger – 1 tsp, chopped

Garlic – 1 tsp, chopped

Green chilies – 2, slit

Curry leaves – A few

7. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilly powder – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/2 – 3/4 tsp

8. Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

9. Cilantro / coriander leaves / malliyila – 2 tbsp, chopped

10. Hot water – 2 1/4 cups (For 1 cup roasted semiya, use 1.5 cups of water)

11. Ghee – 1 tsp

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

12. Salt – To taste

13. Cilantro / malliyila – 2 tbsp, chopped


1. Heat oil in a pan at medium heat. Add whole spices and stir until fragrant. Add onion, little salt and saute until transparent. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies and curry leaves. Saute until onion turns light golden. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and garam masala powder. Saute for 30 seconds and add chopped tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes turn soft. Add cleaned shrimp, salt and mix well. Next add roasted vermicelli and mix well. Add hot water and bring to a boil. Add a tsp of ghee, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro and a tsp of lemon juice. Mix gently. Cover and cook for 5 – 6 minutes until vermicelli is completely done. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Keep covered for a few more minutes. Open and fluff gently. Serve after 5 minutes. You can have it as is or with raita, pickle, pappad etc.


You can add scrambled eggs to the prepared pulao, for an extra taste.

If you are using plain vermicelli, roast it for 3 – 4 minutes in little ghee/oil, then proceed with the recipe.

Vermicelli Prawn Pulao

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Very interesting dish. I would have never though of combining shrimp and vermicelli. Looks delicious. Will give this dish a try soon 🙂

  • Hi Maya… tried this recipe with chicken nd egg…was super yummy! The best thing my picky eater loved it too!!! ☺

    Have tried many other dishes from ur blog.. all were super. U have a huge variety of nadan recipes and they are never fail!!👍

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