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Kerala Fish Biryani

This is a Kerala style fish biryani more popular in Northern Kerala. Any biryani lover will love this simple  delicious and easy to make fish biryani. This is a flavorful and spicy fried fish cooked in a tangy sauce. Aromatic spices, tangy fried fish and rice flavored with ghee and fried onions will definitely please your palate. Fish biryani tastes best with King fish. But I have tried with salmon too, which also tasted delicious.

For the rice
Basmathi rice- 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
salt as needed
Whole garam masala
(cinnamon- a small piece, clove 3,cardamon 2)
ghee- 1/2 tsp

To marinate the fish
King fish - 3/4 kg
chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
lemon juice- a few drops

For the masala
Shallots/onions- 8-10 or one medium
Ginger garlic chopped- 1/3 cup
Green chilly- 6-8
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
tomato- 1
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1 1/2 tsp
(For home made biryani masala check here)
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves- a handful
Mint leaves- a few

Onion thinly sliced- 1/2 onion
Raisins- 10-  12
cashew nuts- 8-10
ghee- 3 tsp

Cook the rice till it is 80% done by adding in the ingredients listed under rice. You can tie the masalas with a muslin cloth and remove it after the rice is cooked. Once cooked spread on a tray and allow to cool.

Marinate the fish with the ingredients listed and shallow fry them one minute on either side. Need not cook them all the way as it will be cooked in the sauce.
Fry onions listed under garnish in ghee till it is crispy and brown. Strain and keep aside. In the same pan fry cashew nuts till golden brown and raisins and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add in crushed or finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilly and mint leaves and fry for a minute. Add crushed shallots and fry till golden brown. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute till it is soft. Now add in the turmeric powder, chilly powder and fry ( you can also add coriander powder - 1/2 tsp if you like).Take one spoon full of this masala and mix into the yogurt and blend well. Now add this to the masala ( this will prevent it from curdling) . Pour half a cup of hot water and stir well. Now add the fish pieces and cook in medium flame for three minutes. 
Sprinkle little of coriander leaves and layer the rice on top of the fish masala. Garnish with coriander leaves,mint leaves, fried onion and cashews and drizzle a few drops of ghee. If you feel that the masala has dried up completely pour 1/3 cup of thin coconut milk finally on top of the rice. This will add more flavor to the biryani, but this is optional. Close with a tight lid and place a little weight on top. Cook in low flame ( or place a tawa first and then the biryani vessel) for four to five minutes. Serve warm with raitha, pickle and papad.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy...


  1. wow! suja these clicks are tempting me to make it tmrw itself!! can very well imagine the taste!!i had bought some king fish tmrw my lunch menu will be from your blog:)

  2. Wow kothiyayitu oru rakshayum illa kketto..eniku chicken biriyani ye kalum ishtam fish biriyaniyaa..

  3. Omg, thats a delicious fish biryani,soooo tempting and loving it.

  4. biriyani looks superb, mouth watering

  5. I am a fan of i will try this for sure

  6. Wow..nice biryani with fish...i am tempted now..

  7. I am hungry now and seeing that plate made me crave for this..Adipoli biriyani...

  8. omg..kandittu kothi sahikkunnilla...aa plate ingu kittiyirunnenkil...

  9. What a lovely recipe..It looks absolutely delicious!

  10. Tempting for a veggie like me adipoli

  11. Wow..that looks superb n exotic!!

    US Masala

  12. Tempting biryani...super aayittundu....

  13. It looks absolutely delicious and perfect...Tempting Clicks

  14. Adipolittoo..sherikum kothiyavunuttoo.

  15. Such a droolworthy and inviting briyani,just makes me hungry..

  16. Droooolllzzzz .....Luv the fish Biryani !


  17. Lovely Fish Biryani...beautiful click :)

  18. delicious flavourful biryani filling

  19. dats a wow amazing biriyani dear

  20. Wonderful recipe and well tried.Book marking it.I have tried ur ginger prawns .it came out really good.

  21. Wow, I love them a lot n lot n lot Just made them the other day n we were licking our plates! Yours looks too rich!

  22. Suja,what a hearty presentation yaa..Looks tempting and rich.I personally love fish biriyani than any other..The flavour is so unique no ? great suja !

  23. Suja,....thatz a fantastic dish and bookmarking it..yummy .. Already made ur ginger was awesome

  24. Biriyani with fish sounds interesting looks yumm

  25. Love Kerala fish biriyani, simply irresistible.

  26. Suja,I can't take my eyes off this delectably delicious fish biryani. I seriously want to pour the thin coconut milk next time I prepare fish biryani,I am totally hung on this tip:)

  27. Fantastic !!! Quite irresistible

  28. HI ....absolutely delicious...greetings MARIMI

  29. iam not able to take my eyes off the dish.. wanna that rite away.. i cud image how yummy it wud have been!!

  30. hmmmmmmm yummy Biriyani

  31. I'm so hungry looking at your photos! So yummy...

  32. Nice presentation..looks very very inviting..:P
    Tasty appetite

  33. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)
    @Mini do try this will not disappoint you and u will love it..
    @Shanavi thanks for the feedback,glad to know that u enjoyed:)

  34. suja

    if i don try this when i'm in kerala and tell it's not me aaadu thoma :P

  35. adipoli kaalan...super ayittundu..nalla photosum aanu...:)

  36. i m manu,and i love cooking......let me tell u something these are the best recepies i ever saw..everything so detailed ...congratsssssssssssss

  37. Hi manu,
    Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks for your encouraging comment...I am happy that liked my visit again.

  38. Suja. Sawala engene as varkunathu ? Mine turn soggy always. Is there some tip you can give me for this. Pls drop a line at


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