Fish Biriyani | Meen Biryani

Fish Biriyani | Meen Biryani

Fish Biriyani | Meen Biryani

Fish Biriyani is a delectable fish delicacy, very popular in Kerala. Fish is available in plenty in Kerala and hence you will find the exotic fish biriyani in top rated star hotels and restaurants. Fishes like seer fish are more suited for the dish. Fried fish pieces are blended with cooked rice and layered alternatively while preparing Meen Biryani. The aromatic spicy flavored fish delicacy is mouthwatering and irresistible. Meen Biriyani is one of the easiest of fish dishes that can be easily prepared at home. You can explore a well detailed recipe here, illustrated in meaningful illustrations.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For Rice:

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 4 nos Cardamom Elakka
  • 4 sticks Cinnamon Karugapatta
  • 4 nos Cloves Grambu
  • 4 nos Black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup Onion sliced
  • 3 cups Basmati rice
  • 6 cups Boiled water
  • 2 tsp Salt

For garnishing:

  • Cashew nuts(roasted)
  • Raisins(Onakka munthiri)(roasted)

For fish masala:


  • For preparing rice: Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black peppercorns. Stir them.
  • Add onions and fry for 5 min.
  • Add rice and stir for 5 min.
  • Pour boiled water along with salt and cook till it done.
  • For making fish masala: Marinate fish pieces with chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt for 1 hour.
  • Fry the marinated fish pieces in oil.
  • Heat the same oil used to fry the fish in a pan.
  • Add sliced onions and fry on a low flame, till it becomes slightly brown.
  • On medium flame, add ginger-garlic-green chilly paste and tomato.
  • Stir it for 6 min.
  • Add garam masala powder,curd, coconut milk, coriander leaves and salt and stir it for 5 min.
  • Add fried fish pieces and reduce the flame.
  • Cook till it starts to boil.
  • For making fish biriyani: Take a deep bottom vessel and layer rice and fish masala.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of ghee and tightly cover with a lid.
  • Keep it on a very low flame for 10 min.
  • Garnish with roasted nuts and raisins.
  • :- We can use fish with not much bones like tuna, salmon, akoli.........etc, but it will be tastier when we use king fish. :- Pour 2tsp of pineapple essence or some small pieces of pineapple before putting the lid will give a very nice smell :-YES! you can use prawns or chicken instead of fish :-you can use canned coconut milk or coconut powder


You can explore this dish Kerala Fish Curry Grandma’s Special You can also try Pacha Meen Polichathu
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Response (156)
  1. S
    Sam July 24, 2006

    Nothing great… the way others have said…wow & stuff..NAh ! Just about ok….not like how i expected…sorry

  2. s
    sherin June 22, 2004

    please do not try this waist your time and money.i tryed it and it was horrible.

  3. s
    sandhyarajeev June 11, 2008

    excellent recipe.after seeing this recipe i made fish biriyani,its very tasty iam confident 2 make fish biriyani.thank u very much

  4. A
    Ahmed June 17, 2008

    Nice and simple to make, I like this type of simple way of biriyani cooking….

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