King Fish Dum Biryani Recipe

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King Fish Dum Biryani Recipe | with step by step photos & video | Kerala style dum biryani. Fish biryani is a layered rice dish made with fish, rice, spices & herbs.

Many times I hear people saying that they do not like fish biryani due to the smell. Even if the fish is fresh, the fat in the fish releases some kind of fishy smell. You can get rid of that smell by shallow frying the fish first and then adding it to the gravy, and it really adds to the taste of the fish. I have tried my best to simplify the whole procedure as much as possible.

How to make fish biryani?

King Fish Dum Biryani Recipe | with step by step photos & video | simple Kerala style dum biryani. The fish in the biryani should not break. A simple trick for that is to fry the fish first. By frying, it gains firmness and easy to handle. Secondly, the rice should be cooked perfectly. Biryani should always be served hot.

Here I used king fish for this delicious fish biryani recipe. It is better to use this type of fleshy fish for fish biryani.

Fish Biryani Recipe | King Fish Dum Biryani

Course: MainCuisine: keralaDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

40

minutes
Dum time

20

minutes
Cooking Time

30

King Fish Dum Biryani Recipe | with step by step photos & video | simple Kerala style dum biryani. Fish biryani is a layered rice dish made with fish, rice, spices & herbs.

Recipe Video

Ingredients

  • Marinade
  • 6 to 7 medium Kingfish Steaks

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • Salt as required

  • Ginger-Garlic-Chili paste for fish masala
  • 5 to 6 garlic pods

  • 2 to 3 green chilies

  • 1.5″ inch ginger

  • Preparations for Biryani (frying cashews, raisins, onion)
  • 1 tbsp ghee

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 10-15 cashew nuts

  • 10-15 raisins

  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion

  • 1 cup finely chopped coriander leaves

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves

  • Cooking Rice
  • 1 1/4 cup basmati rice

  • 2 L water

  • salt as required

  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds

  • 3 cardamon pods

  • 2 cloves

  • 1 star Annise

  • 1″ cinnamon stick

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • Fish Masala for Biryani
  • 2 medium-sized onion thinly sliced

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbsp chili paste/chili powder

  • 1 tsp coriander powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder

  • 1 large tomato finely chopped

  • 3 tbsp coconut paste

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water

  • salt as required

Directions

  • Fish Marination
  • Firstly let us prepare a marinade for the fish.
  • Mix 1 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1/4 tsp pepper powder, 1 tsp lemon juice & Salt as required in the form of a paste.fish biryani
  • Apply this marinade on both sides of fish & allow it to rest for 10minutes.fish biryani
  • Ginger-Garlic-Chili paste for fish masala
  • Add 5 to 6 garlic pods, 2 to 3 green chilies & 1.5″ inch ginger in a blender. Crush the ingredients & do not grind it. Keep it aside.fish biryanifish biryani
  • Preparations for Layering
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee & 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan.
  • Fry some cashews, raisins & 1 cup thinly sliced onion until it turns crispy. Keep it aside.fish biryanifish biryanifish biryani
  • Shallow Fry the Marinated Fish
  • In the same pan, let us shallow fry the fish on both sides & keep it aside. By frying, it gains firmness and easy to handle. While frying I sprinkle some coriander leaves always. fish biryani
  • Cooking Rice
  • Wash & soak 1 1/4 cup of basmati rice for 15 minutes.fish biryani
  • Heat 2L of water in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  • Add in 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 3 cardamon pods, 2 cloves, 1 star Annise, 1″ cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbsp lemon juice & salt required for the rice.fish biryani
  • Once the water starts to boil add the strained rice. fish biryani
  • Cover & cook until the rice. Cook the rice up to 80 to 90%. fish biryani
  • Strain the rice & keep it aside.fish biryani
  • Fish Masala
  • I am using the same pan for making masala, if you need some extra ghee/oil, you can add 1 to 2tbsp oil/ghee.
  • Add in 2 onions thinly sliced & saute until it turns golden brown.fish biryani
  • Add the crushed ginger-garlic-chili paste & fry until the raw smell goes.fish biryani
  • Let us add in the masalas one by one: 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp chili paste/chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp garam masala & 1/4 tsp pepper powder. Fry them for 30 seconds.fish biryani
  • Add 1 large-sized tomato finely chopped. Cover & cook until it turns mushy.fish biryani
  • Followed by 3 tbsp coconut paste (grated coconut+water). mix well.fish biryani
  • Adjust the consistency of the masala gravy by adding 1/2 to 1 cup of water & add the salt required.fish biryani
  • Cover & cook until oil separates.fish biryani
  • Then add in the fried fish one by one. Carefully, cover the fish with the masala.fish biryani
  • Cover & cook for 3 to 5 minutes in low flame & switch off the flame.fish biryani
  • Layering
  • Layer 1/2 of the cooked rice in a heavy-bottomed pot. I used the same pot which I used to cook the rice. Grease some ghee on the sides of the pot.fish biryani
  • Now layer half of the fish masala. Then sprinkle some fried cashews, raisins, onions, Finely chopped coriander leaves & mint leaves.fish biryani
  • Lastly, layer the leftover rice again. Layer the remaining fish masala, fried onions, cashews, raisins, coriander leaves & mint leaves.fish biryani
  • Sprinkle some ghee all over the rice.
  • For Dum
  • Cover the top of the pot with an aluminum foil paper & close the pot with a heavy lid.fish biryani
  • Heat a tawa in low-medium flame for 5 minutes & place this pot on the tawa.
  • Dum for 15 to 20 minutes in low flame.
  • Our fish dum biryani is ready. You can serve it with raita or any salads.fish biryani

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