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Thalassery Fish Biryani

Prep Time:

10 Min.

Cook Time:

55 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

The Thalassery fish biryani is prepared by using Jeerakasala/Khaima rice or Basmati rice. Neymeen/Seer fish or any other fleshy fish can also be used.


For Biryani Rice prepration :

  • Basmati rice : 2 cups

  • Water : 4 cups

  • Cloves : 4 nos

  • Cardamom pods : 3 nos

  • Cinnamon stick : 2 (1″ pieces)

  • Bay leaves : 1no (optional)

  • Onion : 1 big (finely, sliced)

  • Lemon juice : 1 tsp

  • Salt to taste

For Marinating Fish :

  • King Fish Fillets : 1/2 kg (any fish/Prawns)

  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli powder, ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder, ½ tsp Black pepper Powder  or you could also use our SPICEBAY® Kochi Fish Fry masala 2-3 tbsp

  • Ginger Garlic paste : 1 tsp

  • Lime juice : 1/2 tsp

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil for frying

For Fish Masala :

  • Onion : 4 (medium, thinly sliced)

  • Tomato : 2 (medium, chopped)

  • Green chillies :15-20 nos

  • Ginger : 2 pieces (big)

  • Garlic : 8-10 cloves (big)

  • Yogurt : 1/2 cup

  • SPICEBAY® Red chilli powder : 1 tsp

  • SPICEBAY® Coriander powder : 2 tbsp

  • SPICEBAY® Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp

  • SPICEBAY® Thalassery Briyani Masala  : 2 tsp

  • Mint leaves : 1/4 cup (chopped)

  • Cilantro/Corainder leaves  : 1/2 cup (chopped)

  • Lime juice : 1 tsp

  • Ghee /Oil : 2 tbsp

    For Garnishing :

  • Cashew nuts : Handful

  • Raisins : Handful

  • Ghee : 3 tbsp

  • Onion : 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)

  • Coriander leaves : Handful

  • Saffron : 1-2 strand

  • Warm milk : 2 tsp


Cooking the Fish Masala:

Step 1

Clean the fish and make a wet marinate with above mentioned marinate ingredients; apply it on fish and keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 2

Make a paste of garlic, ginger and green chillies and set aside.

Step 3

Heat Oil in the frying pan and shallow fry the fish flipping both the sides; drain the excess oil in the paper towel and keep it aside.

Step 4

In same frying pan, add thinly sliced onion to left over oil and saute until it is translucent,add the ginger, garlic, green chilli paste, saute until brown color,add tomatoes,saute for few seconds, now add chopped coriander, mint leaves and combine well.

Step 5

Add SPICEBAY® Thalassery Briyani Masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder,coriander powder,salt to taste and combine well until the raw smell is gone.

Step 6

Add fried fish, yogurt and mix well; if the gravy is dry then add 3 tbsp of water if needed. Cover and cook on low flame for about 5 mins and wait till oil starts to separate and adjust salt.

Cooking  the Rice:

Step 1

Soak the rice for 30 mins and drain keep it aside.

Step 2

Heat the ghee/oil in the pan,add sliced onions,all spices and saute for few mins; now add the drained rice and saute till rice combines well with all spices.

Step 3

Boil the required water, add flavored rice, and cook the rice for 8-10 mins.(uncovered)

Step 4

When rice done drain the excess water immediately. Sprinkle the lime juice and set it aside.

Preparing for Garnish :

Step 1

Heat ghee and fry the thinly sliced onion till golden color and crispy for 15 mins sprinkle little sugar to caramelize, remove and drain on to the paper towel.

Step 2

Now fry cashews and then raisins until they turn golden color, drain and remove on to the paper towel and keep it aside. (Note : Save the leftover ghee for layering the biryani)

Step 3

Mix saffron strand in warm milk and keep it aside.

Cooking in Stove top – Dum Method :

Step 1

Make a dough out of the wheat flour / maida with little water, the same way you would do it for chappati and set it aside.

Step 2

Place flat cast iron skillet or tawa on the lowest burner of your stove. The flame should be at the lowest setting.

Step 3

Layer the fish masala and rice; sprinkle biryani masala, fried cashews, raisins, fried onions, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves, sprinkle left over ghee and few drops of saffron milk over the rice.

Step 4

Close with tight fitting lid seal the edges of the lid with above prepared dough. (Note : There should not be even the slightest opening) (or) if you don’t prefer sealing it dough, then close it tight fitting lid and place the biryani vessel on top of the iron skillet or tawa and cook on for 15 mins and turn off the flame.

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