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Jul 30, 2013

Fish Briyani / Fish Dum Briyani / Spicy Fish Briyani Recipe

Briyani, Briyani and Briyani..Who hates it..No one right..It is truly a delicacy of india. You can make it with anything you like starting from vegetables to fish. There is one thing in common in these types of briyani, which is the process of making it. The original briyani calls for few steps and the main among that is the "DUM" part.

But now we have found a easy and cheat way of making briyani's in a pressure cooker. I too have lots of briyani which is made in pressure cooker. Check those recipes here.

But the unique flavour, look and aroma comes to a briyani when it is cooked in a dum style. I have a Traditional Mutton Briyani, Chicken Kofta briyani, Vegetable Briyani which is made in dum style. Making a perfect briyani doesn't need any masterclass or something like that, just use the good quality basmati rice, so you will get the perfect grains and aroma of a briyani. Then the cooking of the rice, it shouldn't be over cooked and the next step will be the masala for the briyani.

I hope you will love this fish briyani as much as i did. Have this with any raita of your choice, you can choose from my list of raita too..

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves - 3 to 4


For Cooking Rice:

Basmati Rice - 2 cups ( Click here to know how to cook rice)
Water - lots of it
Cardamom / Yelakai - 4
Cloves / Krambu - 4
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Cumin Seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 2
Salt - 3 tsp

For Fried Fish:
Fish Pieces - 1/2 kg ( Use firm white fleshed fish )
Salt to taste
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Cumin powder / Jeera podi - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice - to taste
Oil - 1/4 cup

For Briyani:
Pandan Leaves / Briyani leaf - 1
Onion - 2 large thinly sliced
Green Chilli - 3 slit
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Cumin powder / Jeera podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tsp
Tomato - 1 large chopped
Curd - 1 cup
Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Salt to taste

For Saffron Milk:
Saffron - a pinch
Warm Milk - 1/4 cup


Wash and Soak rice for 30 mins. Now boil lots of water with all the ingredients given for cooking rice. Add the soaked rice in the water and cook it for 8 to 10 mins till the grains are 90 percentage cooked. Drain it in a colander and set aside.

Mix saffron with warm milk and set aside to steep.

Marinate the fish in the ingredients given for 30 mins.  Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan(this is the pan where you are going to make briyani). Add the fish pieces in this oil and cook them for 5 mins on each side. Remove them to a plate.
In the remaining oil, add in pandan leaves and fry them for few mins. Add in sliced onions, green chilli and saute for 5 mins or so. 

Once the onion is cooked, add in ginger garlic paste and saute them for a min.

Now add in all the spice powders and mix them for 30 sec. 

Add in tomatoes and a splash of water. Cook this for 5 mins till the tomatoes is mashed completely.

Add in salt, mint leaves, coriander leaves and curd. Mix well.Cook this for 5 mins till the masala is completely cooked.

Now spoon the cooked rice on top and add some more coriander and mint leaves. Drizzle over some saffron milk and place the fish pieces on top of the rice.

Cover this whole thing and place over a heavy bottom iron tawa and put the tawa on low heat. Let this whole thing be on dum for 15 to 20 mins. Open the lid and mix everything up. 

Serve this briyani with raita.

Take all your ingredients

Boil lots of water with whole spices

Add rice to it and cook

Once it is cooked, drain them

Set this aside
Take your fish pieces

Sprinkle in salt and spice powders

Give a squeeze

Now everything is marinated well

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan,
you are gonna make briyani in this pan

Drop the fish pieces in

Flip over and sear them

Remove them to a plate once they are cooked

In the remaining flavourful oil

Add in pandan leaves

Sliced onions

Saute them well

Add in green chillies

add in ginger garlic paste

And the spice powders

Now add in tomatoes

Pour in some water

Cook them

Sprinkle some salt over

Add a bunch of mint and coriander leaves

Add in curd too

Mix these well

Let them cook till everything is combined

Spread the rice evenly

Sprinkle some more herbs

Pour some saffron liquid on top

Arrange the fish pieces over this

Cover with a lid

Now for the dum part, heat a heavy tawa

Place the whole thing on top

Let it steam

Add beautifully cooked



  1. yummy fish biryani, nice nice step by step pics....

  2. Nice & easy recipe of fish biryani.. What r these pandan leaves & where can i find it?.. i know mostly it is used in Thai & Philipino cuisine..

  3. this looks extremely delicious. where do we get pandan leaf?

  4. clear presentation aarthi...will make it soon

  5. Awesome looking biriyani. Looks wonderfully prepared.

  6. @Vijeta Karpe They are called as briyani leaf in our place. You can skip it if you cannot find it

  7. @Coral CrueIn our place it grows in our home. You can skip it if you cannot find it. You can use bay leaf instead

  8. I made it, but with bay leaves instead of pandan and I deboned the fish before steaming. Very yummy, we all love fish dishes.

  9. what is the other option if i dont have a tawa.

  10. @lishaYou can place the whole thing in a very low oven for 10 mins. Or you could place it over any big frying pan or pan.

  11. mouth watering biriyani...awesome!

    Anu's Healthy Kitchen

  12. Tried this today and came out really good. My husband loves it...

  13. I love your blog , keep sharing your wonderful recipes

  14. I love your recipes

  15. Hai Arthi,
    This is my first try at Fish Briyani. It turned out soooo tasty. The steps were like seeing you cook. Thank you

  16. Thank you so much arthi... your recipies with pics are really helpful for me... I love your recipies...

  17. Thank you so much arthi... your recipies with pics are really helpful for me... I love your recipies...

  18. Aarthi , can you tell me which garam masala to use, as each brand have different flavor or let me know your recipe to make home made garam masala. Thanks

  19. @Anonymouscheck this out

  20. Thanks pa for this recipe.
    All your recipes are too good!!!

    God bless u n family :-)

  21. gud one aarthi

  22. Hi...
    Found ur website few days ago nd really like it.
    One question that how look does it take to cook fish?Nd how to know that its is cooked?
    Even though whenever I tried to cook chicken , it takes 40-45 mins and even more. Can you tell why?or what is the error at my end

  23. hey
    I tried . I cooked for around 20 mins , even then there was raw smell and the family was complained that its nt cooked frm inside.
    Same i experience with chicken as the inner part seems bland even after marinating.
    Sry i am really clueless abt fish, how to judge its cooked? and which fish should i choose?

  24. nd also please could you tell me how to cook white creamy lemon chicken? Like I am not able to find, If you could send me the link

  25. Hi Arthi I'm a fan of ur recepies. I tried most of your recepies all turned out very yummy. Keep posting


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