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Meen Biryani ~ Kerala Fish Biryani !

I always have felt to write it here.About the habit of cooking.It’s in fact the product of what we have experienced and seen in our family.It’s a kind of inheritance often.Sometimes when I feel lazy to cook,I try to remember my aunt’s kitchen.It was a big space.With a long verandah nearby.It’s truly a scene.Today If I could portray,it would be in black and white.The large pots and people.Kind of communion of women at work.Somehow it was like a picnic to me.Each visit to aunt’s remained precious.She so much enjoyed cooking that most of her leisure been dedicated to planning.Planning on what is to be cooked next day.It was she who made best Biryanis ever to me..I find it emotional to describe how she used to serve.With the enthusiasm I can’t ever forget.
Coming to today’s recipe it’s Fish Biryani.I have tasted the best fish biryani from my aunt’s kitchen.And I am almost sure not going to find one like that again.The recipe I am going to present here is what I tried to reproduce here at my kitchen.Fish being healthy and a guilt free dish,it’s my all time favorite.Try this one,you have nothing to loose.Get ready for some precious moments.
Ingredients
2.5 cups of basmati rice or kaima rice (approx 1/2 kg)
3/4 kg onion sliced finely
2 large tomatoes,chopped
1 tbsp ginger,crushed
1.5 tbsp garlic,crushed
3-4 green chillies,sliced or crushed
2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp lime juice
handful or coriander leaves,chopped
handful of mint leaves,chopped
1/2 tsp cardamom powder or 2 cardamoms,crushed
ghee/oil as required
5 cups of boiling water
salt,as required
handful of roasted cashews and raisins to garnish (optional)
To marinate 
3/4 kg seer or pomfret fish cut round-wise
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tbsp chilly powder (kashmiri powder you can use even 2 tbsp)
salt as required
Method
Wash rice in normal water thoroughly and keep in a colander to get rid of water.Marinate the fish with spice powders and salt.Fry it lightly in oil.This step is to prevent the fish from breaking while making biryani.After frying,roast 3/4 of the sliced onion in the same oil till soft.Add ginger,garlic and green chilly and fry till the raw smell disappears.Throw tomato to this and roast till the water evaporates.Reduce the heat.Take one of the fried fish pieces to debone and crush.Add this to the prepared masala and mix well.Add half of the garam masala powder,lime juice  and coriander leaves. Remember all should be half.Add salt and thus prepare fish masala.Now slowly place the fried fish over the masala and close with a lid.Keep it in low flame for at least five minutes.
Second part is rice.Either you can prepare it the way I have mentioned here or you may follow the elaborated version.For this heat ghee/oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and roast the remaining 1/4 portion of sliced onion till brown and keep.Now roast the washed rice in this till soft.This may take two minutes.To this add five cups of boiling water.Add salt,mint leaves and cardamom powder to this.Cook in medium heat till the water evaporates and 3/4 is done.Bring the rice to the centre and keep like a heap there.Close with lid and switch off the stove.Let it be there for a while.This will help the rice to have nice flavor.
The last part is layering.In another heavy bottomed vessel,first prepare a layer of fish masala.Keep the fish intact outside.It’s always advisable to serve the fish pieces separate when you serve the Biriyani.Otherwise chances are there to break.Over the fish masala,make the second layer with rice.Sprinkle lime juice,garam masala powder,fried onion and coriander leaves over this and repeat layering with fish masala and rice once again.You may add food color as well.Addition of fried cashew nuts and raisins are usually done too.Close with the lid and cook in low heat for five more minutes.Switch off and keep it for a while.Serve with fish in each serving along with pickle and curd.
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30 comments on “Meen Biryani ~ Kerala Fish Biryani !

  1. Jay
    June 10, 2012

    innovative flavors..looks delicious
    Tasty Appetite

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  2. faseela
    June 10, 2012

    wow….yummy n deliciou biriyani…..superb

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  3. Priya
    June 10, 2012

    You are killing me with ur clicks, wat a flavourful,yummy,delicious and inviting dish.

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  4. Julie
    June 11, 2012

    Very tempting & delicious biriyani,I too make the similar way dear..Very yummy & inviting:-)
    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June'12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

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  5. Julie
    June 11, 2012

    I think you can link this to THE KERALA KITCHEN event,link is below:-)

    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June'12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

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  6. Rumana Rawat
    June 11, 2012

    What a briyani and what a click…

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  7. radha
    June 11, 2012

    The pictures are just great. Even as a vegetarian I might just be tempted to have the rice!

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  8. Supriya's Rasoi
    June 11, 2012

    The Biryani looks so tempting.

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  9. Delicious Adventures
    June 11, 2012

    just bookmarked this one..my hubby will love it.
    Delicious Adventures

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  10. Rekha
    June 11, 2012

    wow..simply love the recipe…looks very tempting.very glad to be follower dear:)pls visit and join my space in ur free time:)

    http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

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  11. Bikramjit
    June 11, 2012

    I am not a big fan of fish , I dont know why but still the biryani looks yummy , maybe i will put something else other thena the fish 🙂

    Bikram's

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  12. Tina
    June 11, 2012

    My all time fav biriyani..Perfect.

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  13. Shobha
    June 11, 2012

    SUPER YUMMY !

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  14. Spice up the Curry
    June 11, 2012

    superb biryani recipe. mouthwatering

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  15. Suja Manoj
    June 11, 2012

    Wow,very tempting,makes me hungry,love the flavor,great fan of fish biryani:)

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  16. Ganga Sreekanth
    June 12, 2012

    very tempting biriyani…my favourite!

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  17. hemalata
    June 12, 2012

    Inviting fish biryani, looks so yummy and mouthwatering.

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  18. PT
    June 12, 2012

    love that biriyani and lemon juice.. you have an excellent looking space with irresistible recipes.. happy to follow you..

    Do stop by mine sometime..

    http://jopreet.blogspot.com/

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  19. Valarmathi Sanjeev
    June 13, 2012

    Pic makes me hungry…biriyani looks absolutely yummy.

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  20. Priyas Feast
    June 13, 2012

    Very well explained recipe for fish biryani..i luv ur precious moments at ur aunt's place…

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  21. Akila
    June 13, 2012
  22. Shabbu
    June 13, 2012

    yummy biriyani…happy to follow u..
    do visit my space in your free time…
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

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  23. Rekha
    June 14, 2012

    looks so yummy and spicy.. makes me hungry:) Thanks for following and your lovely comment dear..

    http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

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  24. Lubna Karim
    June 14, 2012

    I never tried fish biryani at home as i am afraid i may end up spoiling the dish…would love to try this out…fingers crossed……biryani looks delectable…love the way you platted too….

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  25. Rachna
    June 14, 2012

    Super awesome yum! I have bookmarked this one.

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  26. Balachandran V
    June 14, 2012

    You are a sadist of the first order; how many times did you have to show that picture! And me, after a bland dinner of Onion Uttappam and Plain Dosa!

    Fish Biriyani and Calicut are synonymous…. ah, those unforgettable lunches!

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  27. Torviewtoronto
    June 15, 2012

    flavourful delicious biryani

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  28. JishasKitchen
    June 20, 2012

    wow….kalakkan fish biryani…..kandittu thanne kothi aakunnu…yum yum yum

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  29. Ez Cookbook
    July 6, 2012

    congrats on your award dear ….. your briyani is really very impressive dear…

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  30. Supriya's Rasoi
    July 8, 2012

    Congrats dear for the award.Biryani looks yummy.

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