Friday, 22 February 2013

Dried Shrimp /Prawns Pulao (Sodyachi Khichadi / Sode Bhat)

Sodychi Khichadi is very popular dish mainly in CKP (kayastha) community. They just die for this. It's very easy and tasty.


  • Dried shrimp/prawns (Sode)- ½ cup
  • Oil- 4 to 6 tbsp 
  • Rice- 2 cups (not need to use Basmati rice, I used Kolam Rice)
  • Onion, sliced- 2 cups
  • Tomato, chopped- 1 cup
  • Potato- 1 large size
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 inch piece 
  • Bay leaves- 3
  • Ginger~garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Asafetida (Hing)- ¼ tsp
  • Homemade masala or Sunday masala or Malwani masala- 4 to 5 tsp 
  • Fresh coconut paste- 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Water- 3 ½ cups to 4 cups (depends upon, how is old your rice)
  • Salt to taste
  • Finely chopped fresh coriander- a handful 
  • Boiled eggs- 2 

Torn dried shrimp into small pieces.
Wash properly & soak in regular temperature of water for 15 minutes & then squeeze them. 
Wash rice, drain all water and keep aside. Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces.
Heat oil in a pressure pan/cooker. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick & onion.

When onion become light brown, add turmeric powder, hing, homemade masala and sauté for 2 minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste & soaked dried shrimp. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add tomato, potato and coconut paste. Mix well & saute for 2 minutes

Add rice and saute for a minute.

Add water, garam masala and salt. Mix well and close the cooker with lid. Take 3 to 4 whistles. (Instead of using only water, you may use half quantity of water and half quantity of coconut milk for rich taste.)

You can also make this pulav in casserole. But use hot water. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on simmer or till rice & potato cooks well.
Garnish with chopped coriander & boiled egg.. Serve hot with any salad.
Traditionally it serves with Sol kadhi.

 In India fish & prawns are dried in strong sun, mostly in summer (Feb to May).  There are various types of dried fish available in the market. 
Sun dried prawns are very tasty. They are used in many dishes. 


  1. I really wanted this recipe. Thanks dear for the same. Also can you post a recipe for Solkadi using Aagal. Thanks/Aisha

  2. please can you post a recipe for Solkadi using Aagal

  3. I'll post very soon......stay tuned.

  4. this recipe is yummmy!!! i love it n i make it very often :)

  5. Can wet prawns be used instead of dry prawns

  6. Yes, but this recipe will become 'Prawns Pulao'. :)

  7. Nice recipe Purva.
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  8. Your recipe saved me!! Thanks a ton!! don't you create a YouTube channel ? We would love you see you there :)


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