Simple Fish Biriyani

Those who are following me on Instagram would have seen this picture I had posted earlier this week. It was an instant snap but very nicely summarizes a food blogger’s muse.Every food blogPinger depends so much on their food props, their dearest camera and the ever dependent laptop or desktop for doing what they do. I have to but say that the whole process of blogging really thrills me, even though at times I do lose my patience! Yes – I know, it does not seem to reflect on my blog though… I try my level best to keep posting as much as I can… till I get bored or till time squeezes me such that I am not able to manage to do that… πŸ™‚

As promised yesterday, here is the biriyani recipe. I have posted a lot of biriyanis but none of them is with fish. So let this be one for the blog. This biriyani recipe is quite simple. I fry the fish and keep separately and serve it along with the rice. The masala would just have a few pieces of fish crumbled into it so that when you put the biriyani on dum, the smell of fish would permeate through the rice. Sharing with you the way I like to make my fish biriyani…


Want to know how to put the dum? Refer toΒ this post! Do not forget to serve this biriyani with some chammanthi, raita and a pickle – yes, dates pickle just tastes great with this!!!


Simple Fish Biriyani

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gm king-fish pieces
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 large onions thinly sliced
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 6 peppercorn
  • 3 cardamoms
  • 2.5 cups basmati rice
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups hot water
  • FOR DUM:
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 meduim onion sliced
  • 10 cashew nuts
  • 10 raisins
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp garam masala


  • Combine the masala ingredients for the fish, marinate it for a minimum of an hour.
  • Shallow fry the fish till done. Keep aside 3-4 small pieces in the fried oil itself for crushing into the masala. Remaining can be drained on a kitchen towel and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a big saucepan. Add the onions and chillies and saute till soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic pastes and cook for a couple of minutes till the raw smell is gone. Now add in the tomatoes and cook till the tomato is completely mashed.
  • Add the masala powders and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • At this stage, add the crushed fish along with the oil into the masala and cook on simmer for another 5 minutes. The masala will be quite dry. Switch off and set aside.
  • Now let's make the rice - or do it side by side along with the masala! πŸ™‚ In a big pan, heat ghee. Fry the whole masalas till a nice aroma comes (I love this stage!)
  • Add the basmati rice and roast for around 5 minutes or till crisp.
  • Add in the hot water (ensure that the water is hot!), adjust salt and increase the flame to high till the water boils.
  • As soon as the water boils, reduce to minimum and keep on closed lid for 10 minutes till the rice is done. It is not necessary that the rice needs to be fully cooked. When the water is gone completely, switch off the flame. You may get a grain bite in your rice, which is OK!
  • For the dum ingredients, heat ghee in a kadai. Fry the onions with a pinch of salt till brown. Drain and set aside. Fry the raisins till puffed, and then the cashews till brown.
  • Now let us layer the biriyani. On top of the masala, sprinkle half of all the dum ingredients.
  • Layer in the rice completely. Sprinkle the remaining dum ingredients along with the ghee used for frying the dum ingredients. Top with the fried fish pieces.
  • Seal tightly with aluminium foil and close the lid. Keep on top of a hot chapathi tawa on low flame for around 15 minutes. Switch off and keep as such till serving time.
  • For serving, take out the fish onto a plate. Mix the rice well. Serve hot with chammanthi and pickle

Join the Conversation

  1. Really Rafee it is a mouth watering Biryani. Drooling over here…..

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  2. Its tempting here.I wish to be your neighbor hehe to eat this briyani.

    1. Thank you so much Shobana….

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  3. Lots of flavor and love the combo of ingredient for the masala. My other half will simply jump high over this biriyani.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  4. Lovely Fish Biryani, gorgeous, tempting, scrumptious πŸ˜› .. hoping if plate is passed to me hehe

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  5. Rafee you call this simple biryani πŸ˜‰ to me it looks super inviting love it πŸ™‚ shall I join u

    1. Hehe… yes sure dear… thanks a lot, Priya… πŸ™‚

  6. looks yummy n flavorful

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  7. Yummy fish biriyani Rafee…love the shot πŸ™‚

    And the first picture definitely speaks of a bloggers life… I love cooking but get all lazy when it is time to transfer pics on to the laptop which delays the posts being published and tend to forget as well of what all I had been cooking…

    1. Even I am lazy… why do u think I have just one pic per post? πŸ™‚ I cant take more than around 7 shots of one dish… and at one sitting, I just pull out the one that I feel best and store it in my pen drive, so that it becomes easy while posting… hehe… thanks a lot Anupa… πŸ™‚

  8. Easy peasy biriyani Rafee….luv that cup, from hyper panda?

    1. Thank you so much Shaami… yes, that was from Hyper Panda, the set…

  9. awesome fish biryani, never tried this , bookmarking it….

    1. Thank you so much Nayana…

  10. U sure are a biriyani pro!! This version too seems nice and flavorful..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  11. I also fall under the same category……..very very lazy to transfer pics on laptop n publish a post…….
    Really drooling fish biriyani……..n beautiful is ur clicks……

    1. Please do stop being lazy, miss ur posts, Remya… thanks a lot…

  12. looks super yummy…it is not a simple biryani…

    1. Thank you so much Bhawna…

  13. Who can resist this fish biryani ! yum ! Been missing here but I have been going through all your yummy recipes on facebook. Nice click too Rafee. Life of a food blogger pic was too good. I agree with Anupa and Remya, too lazy to transfer pics and draft the post. I wonder when I will be regular πŸ˜‰

    1. Once you get into it, you can become regular dear.. do try, love ur posts… thanks a lot, Shree… πŸ™‚

  14. I want that fish..biryani you can have it…:)

    1. Hehe… I love that comment!!! Thanks a lot Manju… πŸ™‚

  15. Def very well made biriyani ….I love ur first shot too …sailing in the same boat …

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  16. Wow fish biriyani is looking really tempting.. ..Food blogger's life he hee:) so true..

    1. Thank you so much Meena… πŸ™‚

  17. Never tried fish biriyani before! some how its always fry or curry at home. I am now tempted to try on πŸ˜‰

    1. Fish biriyani is my sister's favorite, so we have in atleast once in two weeks when she's around… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot dear…

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  18. Biriyani looks yummy and mouthwatering…

    1. Thank you so much Chikku…

  19. Hope u had enjoyed it a lot.nice pics:)

    1. Thank you so much Chitra… πŸ™‚

  20. lovely, mouthwatering and delicious biryani….

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  21. wow… my favourite fish biriyani… really mouth watering…

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  22. Another Rafeeda special biriyani to try! Have loved all your dishes Rafee:)

    1. Thank you so much Priya Tessy dears… πŸ™‚

  23. yummy fish biryani with lovely shot,will finish the whole plate in jiffy

    1. Thank you so much Babitha…

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  24. I wish to be your neighbour so I can taste this fabulous biryani..

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  25. mouth watering, tempting fish biryani

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  26. Yummy fish biriyani.

  27. Fish biryani tastes awesome, you can try it. My favorite is chicken biryani but sometimes i love to eat different biryanis as well.
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  28. Wow yum fish biriyani. *drools* I’m gonna try this in my kitchen soon πŸ™‚

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