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Monday, February 20, 2012

Fish Biriyani (Step by Step Pics)

Biriyani is loved by all, it has a lovely flavor lock, and it is quite a tedious process, but the end result is worth tasting. Earlier I had tried the Chicken dum Biriyani and now this time for a change I tried this and believe me, My family just loved this biriyani. My kids love fish, and so it was much simpler for me. They just devoured it. I was happy to see that. I prepared a large amount of biriyani but here in the recipe, I just reduced the ratio to a 1.5 cups rice ratio to make things easier. So friends, Hope you will try this at your home too and will definitely love it!

(New pics updated with king fish & jeerakashala rice)

To Cook Rice
basmati or jeerakashala 1.5cups
water 2.5 cups 
cinnamon 1'' piece
cloves 3-4
cardamom 3-4
star anise 1
peppercorn 5-6
bay leaves 2

To Marinate
fish (Tilapia /Salmon/King Fish) 1 lb(500 gms approx.)
yogurt 2 tbsp
ginger garlic paste 1tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
coriander powder 2tsp
pepper powder 1tsp
garam masala 1/2tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp

To prepare masala
onion 1 large sliced
tomato 1 medium sliced
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
chilly powder 1/2tsp
pepper powder 1 tsp
garam masala/ biriyani masala 1 tsp
green chillies 4 slit vertically
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
curry leaves
mint leaves 2 -3 tsp chopped
cilantro 4 -5sprigs chopped
oil 4 tsp

To Garnish
onion 1 large sliced
ghee 1 tbsp

(old pic, biriyani made with fillets)

  • Rub the fish using salt and lemon.(I usually apply it all over the fish and leave it for 15minutes.) Wash under running water 5-6 times until all bad odour disappears, or else repeat the first step. Cut into medium-sized pieces and marinate using the ingredients listed for 1 hour. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the pieces (just caramelize, do not brown it up). Drain on a paper towel and keep aside.

  • Wash the basmati rice and soak in water for 30 minutes. Heat ghee in another pan and fry the cashews, raisins. Keep aside. Fry the rice in the same ghee for 2-3minutes after draining the water. Place a cooker with 2.5 cups water, add salt and the other spices listed under cooking rice . Bring to boil and add rice. Keep on medium flame. Cover and cook till the water evaporates and the rice is cooked. Put off flame.

  • In the meantime, place another pan on medium heat, add oil. Sauté onion till translucent. Add the green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves/cilantro, mint leaves. Sauté and add the ginger garlic paste. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till mashed. Add all spices listed to prepare masala and sauté for 2 minutes till the raw smell vanishes. Pour a cup of water and salt. Bring to boil. Add the caramelized fish pieces.(Don't stir much, as there are chances of breaking the pieces.) Cover and cook for 10 minutes till gravy thickens. Keep this in low -medium flame. Add the cooked rice on top. Cover or seal it tightly and leave for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat another pan with 3tsp of oil and sauté the onion for garnish till brown and add to the cooked rice along with fried cashews, raisins and chopped cilantro. Serve it with raitha, papad & pickle!!

Servings ~ 3-4 adults

*You can skip the caramelising fishes if you have salmon or king fish .I had used tilapia and these fillets can break easily,so had fried them.
*You can also skip the fried onions for garnish too.
* The spice level is on a higher side,if you wish a milder version- please reduce your spices esp pepper powder and green chillies according to your taste buds.


Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

great recipe...biryani looks inviting dear!!
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Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

btw Julie, only veg entries are allowed for HITS, so u can delete the sorry dear!! but biryani looks tempting let me try it with salmon :)

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Very fabulously done n awesome Biryani Dear!. Droolworthy Clicks2. Luv it.

Malaysian Delicacies said... Best Blogger Tips

Really mouth watering.Great recipe.

Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds delicious!

Teena said... Best Blogger Tips

Really delicious Julie! Its been a long time since I had fish biryani. You gave me a craving! Yum..yum!

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering here.......awesome!!!

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

biryani looks authentic and superb, absolutely yummy one, never had fish biryani though..

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divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice Yummy biryani..

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

Drooling here...i can almost smell that Biriyani :-)
It looks great!

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy ....flavorful biriyani.....superb dear...

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb Julie..I too have mine here..Too tempting.

Shilpakiran said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome .. mouthwatering ..thanks for sharing

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Mom makes this and I just love it.
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ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks good.I have some fish in the freezer and i think i'll give it a try tomorrow.Will let you know how it turned out!

Amila said... Best Blogger Tips

oh!!Biriyani looks so delicious!!Mouthwatering!!

Miss Multicul(t)inaria said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not a big fan of fish, but this looks really delicious!

sojo said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks super delicious....

La @ FoodSlice said... Best Blogger Tips

The biryani looks delicious, i usually only order chicken or mutton biryani but this might change my mind. I am too afraid to make biryani at home.. dunno when i will try

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

Love a one pot meal and this one completes it; looks really good.

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy of my fav ,prefers fish biriyani better than chicken :)

Raksha said... Best Blogger Tips

hey this looks tempting and delicious...

Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!I make Biryanis but never made them with fish!What a lovely dish :)

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy looking biriyani..wish i could get that platter for lunch

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Fish biriyani looks awesome. Thanks for linking...

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KitchenKarma said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, the biriyani looks awesome...if I had a plate of it, I would devour it too and ask for second helping...I love biriyanis...made mutton, chicken, prawn but never tried fish...bookmarked :-)

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, very delicious looking fish beryani. What about using Spanish mackerel, I love this fish actually. Have a nice day

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious looking flavourful biryani

Sharon said... Best Blogger Tips

Preparing a biriyani is always a lengthy process, but the final product is always yummy..ur fish biriyani looks great :-)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow....what a delicious fish Biriyani....


Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Great and yummy...i had this was awesome and spicy....

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

super inviting biryani !! looks YUM !!

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Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..this looks awesome...very classy..!
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cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, never tried fish beryani before. yhis looks delicious. have a nice day yum yum

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

No chance.looks awesome.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Biryani looks flavorful and yummy !! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments !! Happy to follow you too !!

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

wonderful :) i love it!loks tempting!

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Right now a vegetarian kitchen without the kids around. Looks good.

cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah! Julie!!! Briyani is one of my favourite..that one look drooling.. ah! I am craving for Briyani now..

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely recipe Julie ...I am actually craving to have some of ur spicy biryani now:)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so irresistable..I wish I could slide the pot my way.

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummyyyyyy, Julie I prefer Fish biriyani over Chicken Biriyani :) My husband too.. This look so good and tempting dear...

Suhaina said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...looks very professional...i am drooling here...tempting clicks dear.

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

mouth watering

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...spicy and perfect fish biryani....looks really very tasty..