Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fish Biriyani


Fish Biriyani 11



Fish                                  --   ½ kg
Turmeric powder      --   ½ tsp
Chilly powder             --   1½ tsp
Biriyani masala         --   1 tsp
Oil                                    --   to fry
Lemon juice                --   1 tsp
Salt                                  --   to taste

      For the Gravy:

      Yogurt                         --    1 cup
      Biriyani masala       --    2 tsp
      Mint leaves                --    a bunch
     Coriander leaves      --   a bunch
     Dhill leaves                 --   2-3 stalks
     Ginger Garlic paste --   2 tsp 
     Green chillies             --   3 -4 depending upon the 
     Lemon juice                --  ½ a medium lemon
     Fried onions               --   1 onion

  For the Rice:

      Basmati Rice              --    2 cups
      Whole spices             --    2 cardamoms, 2 cloves, 1inch piece of cinnamon, 2 bay leaves,few whole pepper corns
      Ghee/Oil                      --    3 tsp
      Salt                                --   to taste

Fish Biriyani 12

Preparation of Fish Biriyani:

Mix the ingredients in the marinade and marinate the fish. Keep it for 15 – 20 minutes.  Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes.

Chop the onion into thin slices. Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add oil and fry the onions until golden brown.  Drain the oil and keep the onions aside.

Fish Biriyani 1    Fish Biriyani 2


Add more oil and fry the fish. Be careful not to break the fish as it would be very tender. Once done, switch off the flame, drain the fish from oil and keep it aside.

Fish Biriyani 3

Into the same pan with the left over oil of fried fish, add all the ingredients, except half of the fried onions, for the gravy.

Fish Biriyani 4    Fish Biriyani 5

Boil 3 – 4 cups of water. When boiled, add the drained rice and condiments. Cook until it is 80% cooked. Drain the excess water. While draining, preserve half a cup of rice water. Add this into the gravy and bring to a full boil.

Fish Biriyani 6    Fish Biriyani 7

Pour half of the gravy on to the fried fish and ‘kind of ‘ soak it in the gravy. Let the rest of the gravy remain in the pan itself and let it be on a low flame. Add the hot rice into the pan on top of the gravy. Spread it evenly. Spread the fried onions kept aside on top of the rice. Arrange the fish pieces with the gravy on top of the rice. Close the pan with a tight lid and let it cook on very low for 8 – 10 minutes.

Fish Biriyani 8    Fish Biriyani 9

Carefully remove the fish into a separate dish. Mix the rice with the gravy & serve hot.

Fish Biriyani 10


  1. Looks delish...the fish looks awesome

  2. Nits...can I come over to your place? Am I invited? Ahhh doesn't coming now! In my have that delicious fish briyani! :D

  3. this looks so tasty .. i am sure it is a big fav at home ... lovely clicks

    Super Yummy Recipes

  4. Fish biriyani sounds interestingm looks super flavourful and yumm

  5. wow awesomedear....great pics as well

  6. Looks fish in any form.

  7. The biryani looks amazing..even for a veggie like me..;) A wonderful space u have here & happy to ur follower..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. which fish u have used for the biryani,..
    looks delicious,,,happy weekend

  9. ahha, adipoli biriyani analo.. aa meen kandittu ente control ponu tto, evide natile meen onnnum kittila :-(

  10. Fish Biriyani looks so perfect and delicious. Thanks for illustrating the step by step photographs.

  11. This one ought to be gr8!! Lovely recipe :)


  12. Kothiyavunnu..adipoli fish biryani.

  13. Nattil ninnu vannathil pinne biriyani kazhichitte ella..Ethu sharikkum tempting annu..Yum Yum!!

  14. Am yet to taste a fish biriyani. looking at your pics, I want to make some for myself right now.

  15. Nitha,I love king fish,it is my favorite & this fish biryani looks so promising I can't help but drool over all the images.A well illustrated recipe. Very nice :)!!!

  16. This is so good and tempting, slurp :)

  17. wow...........looks really awesome.u made it perfectly......

  18. Biryani masala??? Is it Garam masala or something else...wanna try d recipe so plz clear d doubt :)

  19. Hey anonymous... You can make that grinding 5 cloves, 3 cardamoms, 2-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp fennel seeds and half a tsp shahi jeera. You can also use store bought biriyani masala. I usually use either of those. Shall update the post with this soon.