Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani | Chettinad Meen Biriyani


Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani is an authentic and traditional styled dish popular in Chettinad region, known for its spicy curries especially the non vegetarian gravies and curries. Chettinad Fish Fry dish is a classic dish that originated in the area of Chettinad area in Tamil Nadu. Chettinad dishes use authentic and exotic spices for marination, which gives a unique taste and flavor to the dish. It’s best to marinate the fish for at least an hour or at least 30 minutes before cooking as it enhances the flavor and taste of Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani. It’s advised to fry the marinated fish on a non-stick saucepan because the taste of the masala is fully retained. Layer the fried fish and cooked rice adding a pinch of saffron and fried onions in the vessel that has a tight lid too. This South Indian Chettinad Meen Biriyani recipe will surely win your guest’s hearts and pleasure. You will be appreciated for your efforts when you serve them a portion of the mouth-watering Chettinad Meen Biriyani.

You can enjoy Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani with you family and on the health front too the dish stands fairly high. Fish is nutritious, rich in protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and other vital nutrients required for your body. Fish dishes improve your heart health and has to be consumed on a daily basis. Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani is wholesome, healthy and good for your tummy too. Kids love the healthy biriyani and you can pack it for lunch boxes too provided you carefully remove all bones if any. Growing up kids need daily requirement of protein in diet. Kids and elders need energy providing food. Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani is one of the easiest biriyani dishes cooked at home. Even new comers can give a bold try at the dish.


Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani(Meen)

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 4 people



  • Grind the list of ingredients under marination table and keep aside.
  • Apply on the fish and marinate for 1 hour or minimum 1/2 hour.
  • Now fry the marinated fishes in hot oil to a golden brown color and keep aside.
  • In a pan add oil and fry onions. Keep it aside.
  • In a pan add the oil(fish fried oil) and temper cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and add little fried onion.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste, chopped tomato, green chili and saute well.
  • Soak saffron with water or milk.
  • Cook 3/4th of rice with required salt and keep aside.
  • Now add mint and coriander leaves to the tomato mixture. Saute and add all powders: turmeric powder, red chilli powder and biriyani masala. Mix well.
  • Now add curd and cook the thick gravy.
  • Then add fried fish and keep on low flame.
  • Now add cooked rice and layer with fried onions.
  • Now sprinkle mint and coriander leaves and saffron. Close with a lid and cook for 5 -10 mins on low flame and turn off.
  • Now its ready to serve Chettinad Fish Fry Biriyani.
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