Fish Biryani | How to make Fish Biryani

By usha balagopal  |  30th Jan 2016  |  
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    About Fish Biryani Recipe

    This is a combined amalgamation of a number of Biryani recipes from friends, family and other public platforms. Fit for a king is what I call this exotic meal from Kerala. It is best with Seer fish if available but here I have used a fresh water fish Murrelet. From coastal Kerala comes the fish biriyani with green mango raita and papad.

    Fish Biryani is a delicious dish which is enjoyed by the people of every age group. The recipe by usha balagopal teaches how to make Fish Biryani step by step in detail. This makes it easy to cook Fish Biryani in your kitchen at home. This recipe can be served to 2 people. You can find this dish at most restaurants and you can also prepare Fish Biryani at home. This amazing and mouthwatering Fish Biryani takes 60 minutes for the preparation and 90 minutes for cooking. The aroma of this Fish Biryani is so tempting that makes you want to eat it. When you want to prepare something very tasty and delicious for special occasion then Fish Biryani is a good option for you. The flavour of Fish Biryani is palatable and you will enjoy each and every bite of this. Try this Fish Biryani and impress your family and friends.

    Fish Biryani

    Ingredients to make Fish Biryani

    • Fish Murrel 200 gms (cleaned and cut into 1 1/2 inch thick slices)
    • onions chopped1 tbsp, pepper and chilly powder 1/2 tsp each, salt to taste , turmeric powder 1/4 tsp.
    • Dry ingredients to be roasted and powdered.( Biriyani spice mix )
    • 3 cardamoms, 1/2 tsp each of cumin, caraway , fennel and fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 5dry red chillies.
    • Fish masala Ingredients
    • Yoghurt 1tbsp, Tomato 1 large chopped, ginger and garlic paste 1tsp each, two green chillies washed and chopped finely.
    • ingredients for the coconut paste...grind the ingredients below to a fine paste.
    • Grated coconut 2tbsp, cashew nuts and almonds 4-5 each soaked in water & 1/2 tsp poppy seeds.
    • Ingredients for GARNISH
    • 5-6 cashew nuts , 8-10 raisins,1medium sized onion sliced finely.
    • oil for frying 1 1/2 cup
    • Ghee (clarified butter) 11/2 tbsp
    • Basmati rice ( long grained)3/4 cup .
    • cardamom 2, cinnamon 1" piece, cloves3-4, bay leaf 1
    • lemon juice 1 tsp
    • A bunch each of coriander and mint leaves washed and chopped
    • water 2 cups (for the rice)
    • 1/4 cup coconut milk.

    How to make Fish Biryani

    1. Roast the dry spices and powder.this can be stored for further use too..Grind the ingredients for the marinade to a fine paste.Wash and dry the fish with a paper towel .Apply the marinade and keep aside.
    2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.Seperately fry the cashew nuts and raisins. Remove and drain.In the same oil fry the onion slices till crisp and brown.Keep aside for garnishing.
    3. In the same oil shallow fry the fish pieces till it is half cooked.Set aside.Now add 1tsp of the ghee to the oil sauté the chopped onion, add the chopped green chillies, & the ginger garlic paste .
    4. Saute for a few minutes , add the chopped tomatoes. When the tomatoes are cooked well add the ground coconut paste .add the yoghurt. Stir well so that all the ingredients are well blended together.Place the fish slices gently in the pan.
    5. The fish should be covered with gravy , if not you could add 2 tbsp or so of water.Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.Sprinkle 1/2spoon of the Biriyani spice mix and take the pan off the fire.
    6. Now we turn our attention to the rice which has been washed and drained in a colander. Take another wide and thick bottomed vessel. Add one tbsp ghee, add the whole spices, & the rice .Fry on slow flame till rice almost crackles.
    7. Add 2 cups of water , salt to taste and 1tsp lemon juice .Cook till the water drains out and the rice is half cooked. The amount of water depends on the quality of rice.take the vessel off the fire and close the lid .
    8. The last and final step is to grease a baking dish. Spread a layer of fish with the masala, then a layer of rice.Aeach layer sprinkle the Biriyani spice, and some mint and coriander leaves.
    9. The top layer should be rice . Close the lid tight .Pre heat the oven to 180C and place the dish in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes.
    10. After 15 minutes open the lid , make little holes in the rice with a spoon in several places and pour the coconut milk. Cover the dish with a list cloth and place the lid tight once again.Bake for 20 minutes .
    11. Serve hot garnished with fried onions and the nuts. Sprinkle the greens to add colour.

    My Tip:

    The exact amount of rice to be used depends on the kind and quality of the rice.

    Reviews for Fish Biryani (1)

    Sukhmani Bedi4 years ago

    Lovely recipe, Usha!