Fish Biryani

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November 5, 2011


Ingredients set 1 (for marinating)

King fish: 10 - 12 pieces of medium size

Edible Oil: 3 tablespoon

Chilli powder: 1/2 tablespoon

Turmeric powder: 1/4 tablespoon

Biryani Masala: 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice: 1/2 cup

Salt: to taste

Ingredients set 2 (for preparing fish)

Biryani Masala: 2 tablespoon

Coriander leaves (cilantro): One and half cup (chopped)

Mint leaves: 10 - 12 leaves (fresh)

Ginger Garlic paste: 1 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli: 4 No. (slit and seeds removed)

Fried onion: 1/2 cup

Lemon juice: 1/2 cup

Ingredients set 3: (for preparing rice)

Long grain Basmati rice: 500 grms. (soaked in water for half an hour)

Oil: 2 teaspoon

Shahi zeera: 1 tablespoon

Clove: 5 Nos.

Cinnamon: 1 inch piece

Bay leaves: 5 Nos.

Star anis (Biryani flower): 2 Nos.

Ingredients set: 4 (for Dum process)

Saffron colour: 1 pinch

Fried onion: 1/2 cup

Oil: 1 tablespoon


Some of the ingredients are shown above

Method - step by step - for easy cooking.

Step 1:

Take bowl and add fish pieces, chilli powder, turmeric powder, biryani masala, oil, lemon juice, salt (Ingredients set 1) mix it and marinate it for 10 minutes. Now take a heavy bottom non-stick pan and add oil and heat it, once the oil is hot put the marinated fish and cook it. (cook for 70- 80 % only). Then remove the cooked fish with utmost care and keep aside. Better use a spatula/turner to remove fish.

Step 2:

Now take the same non-stick pan which is used for cooking fish. Add biryani masala, mint leaves, coriander leaves (cilantro), ginger garlic paste, slit green chilli, lemon juice, fried onion (Ingredients set 2) to the left over oil in the pan and cook it for 10 minutes occasionally mixing the ingredients. Now take half of this mixture and pour it into the top of cooked fish and keep it aside.

Step 3:

Now take a pot add water and boil it, then add oil, salt, shahi zeera, cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaves (Ingredients set 3). Now add rice which is soaked for half an hour and cook till the rice is 80% done and drain the water.

Step 4:

Now add 1 tablespoon of water in which rice was cooked into masala/mixture (step 2) and bring it to a boil. Then add rice on top of this masala and spread it evenly and reduce the flame. Then add saffron colour, fried onions, oil in which masala was prepared, (Ingredients set 4) and spread the fish pieces on top of rice carefully and cover it with air tight lid and let it simmer (Dum) for 15 - 20 minutes on low flame. Now the delicious fish biryani is all done!

Step 5:

Transfer the fish pieces to a separate bowl. Transfer rice to serving plate, add fish pieces with its masala on top, garnish with mint leaves and cilantro and serve.

Important tips:

Use only fresh ingredients for alluring aroma and taste.

Use fresh king fish (anjal) for better results.

Do not add fish underneath the rice because fish is very tender and may get brake into pieces.


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