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Fish Biryani

Biryani is a rice based dish made with basmati rice, spices and meat, fish, egg or vegetables. It originated in Iran and has spread all over the places. Even though its mostly popular in South Asia but I guess it is prepared, served and enjoyed all over the world.

There are a lot of varieties of biryani prepared all over the world and one style that we all know is hydrabadi dum biryani. In Bangalore in Kormangala there is a restaurant only for biryani and every time we went there it would be crowed with people lined up till the road :)
It was there when I for the first time tasted with fish biryani.

Since then I have been trying to prepare this yummy recipe. Finally did it last week, here is the recipe.

Ingredients:
  1. Fish : 2 lbs (try using fish that is firmer like : tilapia)
  2. Basmati Rice: 1 cup
  3. Curd: 1 cup
  4. Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
  5. Turmeric Powder: 1 tbsp
  6. Biryani Masala: 3 tbsp
  7. ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp
  8. mint leaves : 1 cup chopped
  9. coriander leaves: 1 cup chopped
  10. fried onion : 1 cup
  11. Green Chilli: 2- 3 slit in the middle
  12. lime juice: 2 tbsp
  13. salt: as per taste
  14. food color : 1 tbsp
  15. water: as required.
  16. Whole Garam Masala

Procedure:

To marinate the fish mix it with chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, half the biryani masal, lime juice and let the spices soak for 30 mins.

Soak the rice in water for 30 mins.

In a pot cook the fish and keep it aside.

In the same pot add curd, biryani masala, 3/4 of the mint leaves, 3/4 coriander leaves, ginger garlic paste, green chilli, salt, half of the fried onions, mix well and cook for few minutes.

Remove half of the mixed spices and add it to the cooked fish.

Now boil the rice with whole garam masala till cooked 70%.

In the mean while continue cooking rest of the spice mix on a slow flame with some water and bring it to a vigorous boil.

Add the rice to the boiling masala mix and level it out. Add color, rest of the fried onion, mint leaves, coriander leaves and then spread the cooked fish on top of everything in a single layer.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes on slow flame.

And finally the biryani is ready, serve it with raita.

It turned out to be quite yummy. So go ahead and try this out and let me know.

Till then Happy Blogging
Rakhee

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