Saffron Seafood Bisque

A delightful soup made up of assorted vegetables and prawns. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Saffron Seafood Bisque
Main Ingredients Saffron (kesar) , Prawns (kolambi/jhinga)
Cuisine French
Course Soups
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Saffron Seafood Bisque

  • 7-8 strands Saffron (kesar)
  • 8 Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 100 grams Pumpkin thin slices
  • 1 medium Onions sliced
  • 2 medium Carrots cut into roundels
  • 1 Leeks chilled
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 20 Prawn heads
  • 1 medium Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 inch stalk Celery chopped
  • 8-10 Black peppercorns
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Refined flour (maida)


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add garlic, pumpkin, onion, carrot and leek and sauté.
  2. Add bay leaf and continue to sauté for two to three minutes. Heat another pan. Add prawns heads and two cups of water and let it boil.
  3. Reduce heat and let it simmer. Place the prawns one on top of the other and wrap in a piece of aluminium foil drop this into the pan with prawn heads and water and let it cook.
  4. Add a cup of water to the vegetables and cook till soft. Add tomato along with celery, black peppercorns and salt.
  5. Mix and cook for one minute. Remove the bay leaf and transfer the mixture into a blender. Blend to a smooth puree.
  6. Remove the scum from boiling prawn stock. Heat butter in another pan. Add refined flour and sauté for one minute.
  7. Add prawn stock little by little and stir well to avoid lumps.
  8. Add the vegetable puree and cook for one to two minutes. Strain into a deep pan.
  9. Bring the mixture to a boil again. Transfer this into a serving dish. Unwrap the prawns and place it in the centre. Sprinkle saffron strands and serve hot.