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KERALA FISH BIRIYANI

Kerala fish biriyani with pickle and chutney

Kerala Fish Biriyani

Ingredients

Fish-cut into medium size pieces- 400 gms

For marination

  1. Kashmiri chili powder- 1.5 tsp
  2. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  3. Black pepper powder-1/2 to 1 tsp
  4. Lemon juice-1/2 tsp
  5. Water- as required
  6. Salt to taste

For masala

  1. Onion sliced- 2 nos
  2. Ginger- crushed-  1.5 tsp
  3. Garlic -crushed- 1.5 tsp
  4. Green chilies-finely chopped- 2 nos ( or to taste)
  5. Kashmiri chili powder- 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  7. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  8. Black pepper powder- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp( or to taste)
  9. Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
  10. Fennel powder- 1/4 tsp
  11. Water- 2 tbsp
  12. Tomato -finely chopped- 1 no
  13. Coconut milk -1/2 cup
  14. Oil- as required
  15. Salt to taste

For rice

  1. Basmati rice- 1.5 to 2 cups ( see notes)
  2. Bay leaves- 2 small
  3. Cloves- 3 nos
  4. Cardamom – 3 nos
  5. Cinnamon- 2″ piece
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil /Ghee- as required

For Garnishing

  1. Onion sliced- 1/4 cup
  2. Cashew nuts- 1 tbsp
  3. Raisins- 1 tbsp
  4. Garam masala- as required
  5. Coriander and mint leaves- chopped- 1 tbsp each
  6. Ghee-1/2 to 1  tsp

Method

To prepare rice.

  • Wash rice until water runs clear.Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add bay leaves,cloves,cardamom and cinnamon ,saute for few seconds and add the drained rice.Fry rice for 3 to 4 minutes,stirring continuously.
  • Add salt and water.Cover and cook until it is 3/4 th done.Drain and transfer it to a large tray and allow it to cool slightly.

To prepare Fish masala

  • Combine together all the ingredients listed under ‘for marination’ and rub it onto the fish slices.Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish until 3/4 th done ,turning once in between.Transfer it onto a clean kitchen towel.
  • In the same pan ( add more oil if required) add onion,ginger,garlic and green chilies and saute till it turns golden brown.
  • Add kashmiri chili,turmeric,coriander,black pepper,garam masala and fennel powder along with 2 tbsp water.Mix well.Cook for 1 or 2 minutes or until  oil separates. 
  • Add chopped tomato and cook for  5 to 6 minutes or until tomato is completely cooked and masala starts to leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Add coconut milk and salt to taste.Bring this to just under a boil and add the fried fish.Gently mix until the masala coats the fish.Cook for  2 to 3 minutes.

For Layering

  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan ,fry onion,cashew nuts and raisins separately until it turns golden brown.Keep aside.
  • Preheat oven to 180 Deg C.
  • Lightly grease  a baking pan with ghee.Arrange prepared rice and fish masala in layers.Sprinkle one pinch of garam masala , 1/8 tsp ghee,and few tsp of chopped coriander and mint leaves on each layer of rice.
  • Garnish with fried cashewnuts,raisins and onion.
  • Cover it with an aluminium foil and bake for 15 to 20  minutes.
( for stove top method,layer rice and fish masala in a greased heavy bottomed pan and cover it tightly.Heat a tava /dosa pan and place the biriyani vessel on top of the tava.Reduce the flame to low and cook for about 20 minutes.)

NOTES:
If you like more masala for the biriyani,use 1.5 cups rice  or use 2 cups rice for a milder version.(I get about 4 cups cooked rice from 1 cup rice)
You can use King fish,Pomfret  or any other firm fish.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Zareena
    July 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Ufff….. mouthwatering pics. Perfectly made. Amazing dish.. Thanks for sharing dear.

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    Unknown
    July 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I LOVE the pictures! Looks time consuming but very worthwhile. On my 'to do' list!

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    Manju
    July 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    looks so yumm..as usual wonderful clicks…

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    Helene Dsouza
    July 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Your fish biryani looks so appetizing, I am smitten and drooling at the thought of it. Had to pin it =D

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    Raksha
    July 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Lovely fish biryani… nicely done

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      Ali
      July 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      hmmm

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    Shree
    July 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

    ur pics are out of the world ! adipoli meen biriyani !

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    Ammu
    August 25, 2013 at 6:36 am

    looks gr8…. trying it now

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    Jayjay
    October 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Wonderful wonderful recipe! I used to make fish biryani in a different style, but this was a very nice change 🙂 Thank you and keep the good work up 🙂

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    Unknown
    November 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    We just tried fish biryani following your recipe to the T and it turned out pretty nice 🙂

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      Kurryleaves
      November 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Hello Prathap
      Thank you for trying it out…really happy to know that u liked the biriyani..
      Thanks a lot for the feedback
      Happy cooking
      Vidya

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    Unknown
    January 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

    excellent fish biryani…made some changes to ur recipe and tried it out, it was really delicious…..thank you

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      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Thank You Neena…
      Reagrds
      Vidya

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    Unknown
    May 4, 2014 at 2:43 am

    ive made this maybe 3 or 4 times now. turned out great every time! thanks a lot 🙂

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      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm

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      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you Rinu!lad that you liked the recipe!!Thank you for the comment.
      Regards
      Vidya

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    Anonymous
    March 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Oh. absolutely love this BIRIYANI recipe

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      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thank You!!

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    Unknown
    August 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Hi I made this recipe tonight and it turned out beautifully! I used chunks of boneless surmai fish We all relished it including a malyali neighbour of mine I invited over to have this biryani with us 🙂 It's the first time I tried a fish biryani ! Thanks for inspiring us as always !

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      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Tarunpreet ..Thank you for the feedback..I'm so happy that your family enjoyed it…
      Happy cooking !!
      Regards
      Vidya

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    Noodle
    August 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    What kind of fish can we use in this? Seer fish?

    • Reply
      Kurryleaves
      August 30, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Seer fish works perfectly for this recipe…you can also use any other firm fish..
      Happy cooking
      Vidya

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