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22 Jan 2007

Kerala fish/Meen biryani


King Fish - 1/2 kg
Onion(medium) - 6 nos(finely chopped)
Tomato(medium) - 4 nos(finely chopped)
Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Ginger paste - 2 tbsp
Green chilly paste - 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Yoghurt/Curd - 4 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 1 cup
Mint leaves(Pudhina) - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup Lime juice - 4 tsp
For marinade:-Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp
Fennel seeds(Perinjeerakam) powder - 1/2 tsp
For rice:-Basmati rice - 2 1/2 cups
Turmeric powder - A pinch
Cardamom(Elakka) - 2 nos
Cloves(Grambu) - 3 nos
Cinnamon(Karugapatta) - 2 nos
Ghee - 1 spoon.


1)Marinate fish fillets with turmeric powder, red chilly powder, ginger-garlic paste and fennel seeds powder for 1 hr in a refrigerator.
2)Fry the marinatd fish fillets in ghee.
3)Remove them to a plate and heat up the same pan.
4)Add onion and fry, till it turns golden brown.
5)Add ginger-garlic-chilly paste and fry for 2 mins.
6)Add tomato, garam masala, salt, coriander leaves and mint leaves and cook for a few mins.
7)Add yoghurt.
8)Put the fried fish fillets in this masala.

For rice
9)Boil water in a vessel.
10)Add enough salt, turmeric powder, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ghee.
11)Cook rice until it is done and drain. :- Make sure the rice doesn`t get sticky.
12)Heat a little ghee in a pan.
13)Put a little of cooked rice and spread 1 tsp of lime juice over it.
14)Put one layer of the fish masala above that and repeat the process till the rice and masala are over. :- Take care not to break the fish fillets.
15)Close the lid tightly and heat on a low flame for about 10 mins.
16)Mix before serving. :- Serve with yoghurt and chutney or pickle.


  1. I have never had meen biriyani, but yours looks awesome. I wish there was a way of sharing food through the net too. Alle?

  2. Brilliant...and it worked. Thanks for the recipie :)

  3. Thanks Shenoy,
    Visited your blog, hope to visit again to read..

  4. Its an awesome dish.Thanks for the recipe

  5. Thanks Roma, keep visiting here and try out more.. :)

  6. Thanks 4 this wonderful really worked ..

  7. Thanks Shaba!
    Glad to know you loved it.. Keep visiting here.. :)

  8. i am going to try it now just as a surprise!!! for my hubbyyy.......thanks for this one...

  9. All the best, Reshma, this one will not cheat you.. :)

  10. for 2mrrw's bakrid celebration i am planing to make this biriyani. it looks so simple thank you so much


  11. Your recipe is simple and easy to understand.I
    sure am gonna try this. My 2 yr old daughter loves biriyani and i'm trying to become a better cook...

    Keep ur good work goin....

  12. All the best Smitha! thanks for the nice comment.. :)

  13. Smitha Sajinth5 March 2010 at 20:59

    Hi Seena,
    I tried out your recipe for fish biriyani and it became a big hit with my sister and the rest of my family..........Thanx a lot ,I feel really confident now..

  14. Smitha, thanks for letting me know.. Hope you can try out much more from here, wishing you all the best.. :)

  15. love it myself and my family..thanks lincy

  16. Hi Seena, I was confused on what to make for lunch and suddenly I came across your site and saw Fish biriyani. Since King fish was already there in my fridge,I planned to make it and it was simply amazing! Thanx a lot for sharing this and carry on this good work. Your site is in my fav list too :P

  17. Hey Seena,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe .
    Im going to try this for dinner today..... will let you know the result..
    Off to get rice and fish


  18. Thanks Nidhi,
    I was very busy thats why couldn't reply to you.. keep visiting to enjoy more dishes.. :)

  19. We tried this and it really turned out very good, thanks for the simple but nice recepie. As we family enjoy the same, we bless you. May God bless you. Thanks.

    Sangeetha Suraj

  20. Hi seena
    urs is the best biryani recipe i've ever tried n it really came out well...the smell that came while cooking was really wonderful n it tasted perfect!Thank you sooooooo much for this....

  21. Thanks anon! Hope to see you with a name next time.. :)

  22. Hi Seena
    Going to try out this recipe today...Sunday Special :)
    Do visit my space when time permits. Thanks

  23. Thank you for the recipe as I tried my first fish Briyani and my hubby and kids was very happy. Usually my hubby is the one who makes different kinds of Briyani and I never past his test. This time I followed your recipe I did pass the test of making a good Briyani.

  24. Hi Seena,
    I always loved your fish biriyani (have made 5-6 times already) but now since I am carrying, I am craving for it :)already made it last week. planning to try mutton and chicken biriyani too on alternative weeks :) The happy waiting for lunch or dinner time when biriyani is available is too sweet in my state. Thanks a lot Seena. much love to you,


  25. Nimitha..
    Thanks dear..we are also biriyani lovers... :)
    Very happy to know that my recipes helped you much..


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