Fish Biriyani Recipe | South Indian Fish Dum Biriyani | Eid Special

Oh yes, this is the right time to share spicy biriyani. Do you know how to make delicious biriyani? Always I think early days biriyani is a heavy food and very difficult to make. Nothing to worry about biriyani. I think now I am an expert to make dum biriyani. I make this biriyani with kingfish, also known as aiykoora and in Malayalam it is called Neymeen.

Actually, I don't like more oily biriyani. So I used a little ghee for biriyani. Long grain rice or basmati rice is good for biriyani. Biriyani requires a lot of ingredients. So all of us really lazy to make biriyani. Actually, biriyani is a mixture of rice with masalas. Nothing more to say let us know how to make it...
Ingredients required for biriyani.
For gravy:
  1. Onion-3 onions, sliced
  2. Ginger and garlic-1 tablespoon crushed.
  3. Green chillies-4 numbers, chopped.
  4. Tomato-2 small, sliced.
  5. Curry leaves-2 sprigs.
  6. Yoghurt-1 tablespoon. (I skip it)
  7. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  8. Red chilli powder-1 1/2 tablespoon.
  9. Garam Masala powder-1 teaspoon.
  10. Coriander powder-1 teaspoon.
  11. Fennel powder-1/4 teaspoon.
  12. Coriander leaves- few
  13. Salt-as needed.
  14. Oil as required.
For marination:
  1. Fish-King fish(Ney meen) Cleaned cut into medium pieces.750gms.
  2. Cornflour-2 tablespoon.
  3. Lemon juice-1 teaspoon.
  4. Salt-a teaspoon.
  5. Red chilli powder-2 teaspoon.
  6. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  7. Fennel powder/Perum jeerakapodi-1/4 teaspoon.
  8. Garam masala powder-1/2 Teaspoon.
  9. Water if needed.
For Rice:
  1. Basmathi rice/Long grain rice-2cups.
  2. Lemon juice-juice of 1 lemon.
  3. Fennel seeds-1/4 teaspoon.
  4. Cinnamon-2 inch piece.
  5. Cloves-5 numbers.
  6. Star anise-1/2 star anise.
  7. Cardamom-5 numbers.
  8. Bay leaf-2 numbers.
  9. Lemon juice-1 teaspoon.
  10. Water as required for cooking rice..
  11. Salt as required.
Other Ingredients:
  1. Ghee-1 tablespoon.
  2. Cashew nuts-15 numbers.
  3. Raisins-15 numbers.
  4. Onion-1 small thinly sliced.
  5. Coriander leaves-Finely chopped,3 tablespoon.
  6. Puthina leaves/Mint leaves-chopped.
  7. Oil as required.
  8. Rose water -2 tablespoons.
  9. Pineapple essence-2 teaspoons. or chopped pineapple.
Method of preparation:
Marinate the fish pieces with the ingredients under marination. Keep this marinated fish in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
Making the toppings:
Heat a pan with ghee in it. Fry cashews until it turns a golden colour. Remove from the pan. Fry raisins until it puffs up.
In the same pan shallow fry sliced onion.Set this aside.
Making the gravy:
Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute for few seconds. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Saute for few seconds. Add chopped onions and salt. Saute until onion becomes translucent. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, fennel powder and garam masala powder. Combine well until raw smell gone. Add chopped tomato and cook the tomatoes.
Add coriander leaves and curd/yoghurt(if using). Combine well. Keep this aside.
Making Rice:
Wash the measured rice and soak them for 15mins.
Cook the rice with a lot of water, required salt, lemon juice and masalas under "For rice".
When the rice is partially(75%) cooked turn off the flame and drain the water from it.
Dum process :
Apply some ghee at the bottom of a heavy bottomed 1/2 of the gravy( at the bottom and spread it. Place fish pieces(half)
Next put 1/3 of the cooked rice and spread this. Spread some ghee, pineapple or pineapple essence, sprinkle rose water, fried nuts, onions, raisins, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Repeat this layering process for one more time. Cover it and seal tightly. Place a flat cast iron skillet/ tawa on the stove. Then place the vessel for dum. ( Very low heat)Wait for 20 to 25 min... Awesome biriyani is ready... Serve it with pickle, onion raita & Papad.