March 28, 2017

Fish Biryani Recipe | How to Make Fish Biryani

Fish biryani recipe is a yummy hyderabadi style biryani, an all time favorite among sea food lovers.

Fish Biryani
Fish biryani recipe is another biryani variety which is prepared by traditional method of layering al dante cooked basmati rice and gravy and finally giving it a dum. As fish gets cooked fast compared to chicken or mutton, this biryani also gets done quickly and hence the easiest of all forms of biryanis.

Fish biryani is prepared by using fish fillet, marinated and shallow fried and then cooked in a yoghurt based gravy. You can use any variety of fish, I have used king fish for my biryani as that is one of my favourite variety of fish.

This was the first time that I had made fish biryani and it turned out so delicious and aromatic and it was liked by everyone at my home more than the regular chicken biryani.

Fish Biryani

Fish Biryani

Author: Razina | Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Main
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 40 minutes | Yield: 3-4 servings


For marination

  • 500 grams boneless fish, any fish of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • oil for frying

For gravy

  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • mixed whole spices (3 cardamoms, 1 bay leaf, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 1 star anise)
  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 small tomato, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as required
  • 1/2 cup whisked yoghurt
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • oil as required

For rice

  • 500 grams basmati rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • mixed whole spices (4 cardamom, 4 cloves, 2 bay leaves)
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • few saffron strands soaked in 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow colour

Directions for making fish biryani recipe

1. Marinate the fish pieces using the ingredients mentioned under marination except oil and keep aside for 30 minutes. 

2. Heat oil in a non stick pan and shallow fry the fish pieces on both sides till 80% done. Do not cook it fully as it will later get cooked along with the gravy. Remove and keep it aside.

3. Heat oil in a kadhai and fry the onions till golden brown in colour, remove half and keep aside.

4. Add the whole spices and saute for few seconds. Add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell disappears.

5. Add tomato puree and all the dry masala and salt. Cook for few minutes.

6. Add yoghurt and cook till it is nicely blended and oil separates.

7. Now add the fried fish pieces, coriander leaves and green chillies. Cover and cook on low flame for around 10 minutes.

8. For preparing the rice, bring lots of water to boil in a big pan. Add the whole spices, salt and oil. Drain the soaked rice and add in the boiling water. Cook till 3/4th done, remove and strain out the water.

9. Now, let's start the layering process. Take the pan in which you want to make the biryani and grease it with oil.

10. Put half the rice and even out the layer, add the fish pieces along with the masala in a single layer, top it with fried onions, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Cover it up with the remaining rice.

11. Drizzle ghee, saffron soaked milk and yellow food colour.

12. Seal the pot either by a dough or a heavy object on the lid and put it on dum for 15 minutes on a hot tava.

13. After giving dum, let the biryani rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

14. Enjoy your fish biryani along with raita.

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